Never a Good Reason

Before we jump into the Advent and Christmas season I want to use this occasion to encourage everyone to verbalize (vocalize) thanksgiving when the opportunities arise.

It is clear the scriptures instruct us to:

“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—“ Psalm 107:2

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15

In the account of the 10 Lepers (Luke 17) who are healed and only one returns to say thank you, Jesus responds, “Has no one returned to give glory to God …?

There is never a good reason not to give a testimony of Thanksgiving to God when an opportunity arises, never! Those who shared testimonies of Thanksgiving Sunday night touched my heart. Thank you for your encouragement.

As you sit down for your Thanksgiving meal this Thursday, remember to say thank you, give a testimony of Thanksgiving, and give God glory! God expects it!

“How Can I Keep from Singing” Chris Tomlin.

“How can I keep from singing your praise? How can I ever say enough? How amazing is your love. How can I keep from shouting your name? I know I am loved by the King and it makes my heart want to sing.”

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Entitlement And Thanksgiving

Thom Rainer http://tinyurl.com/TRC-tret

If I feel entitled, I complain about my job. If I am thankful, I am grateful to have a job.

If feel entitled, I complain about the meal I’m eating. If I am thankful, I am grateful to have food on the table.

If I feel entitled, I complain that the government does not do enough for me. If I am thankful, I ask what I can first do for others.

If I feel entitled, I complain about my spouse. If am thankful, I express gratitude that someone has put up with me all these years.

If I feel entitled, I complain about living paycheck to paycheck. If I am thankful, I am grateful simply to have a paycheck.

If I feel entitled, I complain about what’s wrong with my church. If I am thankful, I am ever grateful for the freedom to worship.

If I feel entitled, I complain about the deficiencies of different family members. If am thankful, I am grateful that I have a family that loves and cares for me.

If I feel entitled, I complain about the lousy weather we’re having. If I am thankful, I am grateful to be a free person regardless of the weather.

If I feel entitled, I complain to God about why He is treating me so unfairly. If I am thankful, I know that I deserve nothing good, that all gifts are an act of grace.

Dear Lord, forgive me for my sense of entitlement. Remind me to rejoice in all things, and in all things to be thankful. Remind me to count my blessings. And remind me when my heart begins to stray from thanksgiving to entitlement.

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Why I find It Easy To Give Through The Ridge

Thank you so much for your generosity. Debbie and I appreciate all of your kind remembrances for Pastor Appreciation month.

I also affirm your generosity as you provided candy for the children in Gorham. We had more than enough! There were 24 Ridge folks passing out candy in the community. What a great way to share the love of Jesus. Remember TeamKID Gorham begins this Tuesday. We already have 10 children enrolled.

This time of year, there are so many needs and good groups asking for some help as they assist the needs of many in our communities. I try to be sensitive to all the requests made. However, it is easiest for me to give through The Ridge Church.

I find it easy to give through The Ridge Church. I’m excited to provide Samaritan Purse shoeboxes, Halloween candy for children, Spirit of Christmas gifts, debt retirement offerings, and financial support for missionaries through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. This is in addition to my regular tithe and offerings. I am so blessed by God’s generosity to me how can I not be generous in sharing with others?

Over the years, many have invested their lives to show God’s love and grace to others through this very congregation. I consider it a badge of honor and myself a fellow laborer with God to continue the good work and touch lives for Jesus.

Don’t you?

We Labor Together With God, Wes