It seems like two things inevitably happen every year around Thanksgiving. First, people all over the country gather together with their families to enjoy time together and express thanks for what they already have. Second, unfortunately, you almost always hear a terrible story about something that happened the next day during Black Friday shopping– a sales clerk gets trampled to death, two women go to jail for a fist fight over the last of a product, and much more.
We all understand that there is a great contradiction in this. That’s because thankfulness and discontentment don’t go together. For a person to truly be thankful, they must have some level of happiness with their current situation. Thankfulness says, “Look what all God’s given me! I’m glad.” Discontentment says, “I deserve more. Why can’t my life be better?”
Today, as we approach Thanksgiving, I want to take a look at the concept of contentment as described in the fourth chapter of Philippians. Join us today as we learn about this important key to a joyful life.
Today we finish up a very significant series of messages on the theme of “Family by the Book”. We have tried to look at many aspects of Family and hope that as a result there has been some new insights gained as well as some old foundational truths reaffirmed by the Word of God. This is important stuff for sure and very relevant to our times. Dietrich Bonhoeffer the Christian theologian and martyr said, “Marriage is more than your love for each other. It has a higher dignity and power, for it is God’s holy institution through which God wishes to preserve humanity until the end of time.” That seems like a very good reason to do it “By the Book”!
Last week our young people did a great job hosting the seniors luncheon. There was great food, friendly servants and lots of fun. I still think Gary Stiles could have won at the Bingo if he would not have eaten all the candy corn used as markers. Thanks again kids for the special afternoon.
It’s been over a month since we began our series: Family by the Book. We will be concluding it next week, but I’m very glad we had the opportunity to spend so much time on this important topic. Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, said, “Our only hope as a nation is in a return to the scriptural underpinnings on which the institution of the family is based.” Society is built on the strength and moral qualities of the individual. These qualities are formed primarily in the home and by the family. That is why it is so important for society that we know how to minister to our spouses and children.
Over the past few weeks we have studied God’s intentions for the family, the importance of healthy marriage, and the necessity of raising children in the faith. This week, Rick will speak on holding the marriage bond together, even in difficult circumstances. Marriage is the backbone of family health and a pillar on which a strong society is built. Join us today as we take a serious look at the Old Testament book of Malachi to learn what God has to say about it.