Tag: gratitude


20
Nov 2018
You Are What You Do

On Sunday, we were challenged to give our thanks, to release our gratitude from within and share it with others.  Here are some ideas from the sermon to help you get started: Gratitude Journal Gratitude jar – like a penny jar! (Look back at them once a year like on New Year’s Day) Gratitude Letters Gratitude phone call Gratitude visit Spend quality time focused on a person you are grateful for Give more compliments Don’t just say “thank you” – say: What I love about you is…” “My wish for you is…”......

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13
Nov 2018
Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything

Reflect: Look back over the past week or month at some of your negative moments and difficult situations. Where was God in those times? Can you see God’s grace? Reflect & Practice: Each day this week, try to keep a tally going of your positive and negative thoughts. What is the ratio in different relationships and activities? Do you need to work on increasing the positive? If so, put some intentional energy towards cultivating grateful thoughts. Practice: This week, try to write your own psalm expressing your struggles honestly, offering your questions......

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31
Oct 2018
All Saints' Day

This Sunday in worship, we will ask two questions: What does gratitude mean? Who are the saints in your life for whom you are grateful? Jason will spend a few moments looking at what Biblical meanings and understandings of gratitude.  We will reflect on the truth behind the word gratitude. Secondly, on Sunday we will remember All Saints’ Day.  All Saints’ Day is a celebration in the Church’s life that honors and remembers those people that been a part of our lives and influenced us in our life with Christ, but have now......

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29
Oct 2018
Give Thanks

Nothing you have nothing you experience is a product of you alone. Everything you have everything you experienced is a gift. It has been possible because of dozens of other people – people close to you and people you don’t even know and most importantly everything is a gift from God. And when you realize this and began to cultivate the act of giving thanks you will harvest happiness in your life. Gratitude is what we will be talking about for the next few weeks in our new Sunday Series called Growing Gratitude.......

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24
Jul 2018
The Healing of Grateful-ness

As we mentioned and brought before God on Sunday, our church community and the community of Dunn have experienced a lot of loss lately and there are many among us that are on the journey of grief.  The journey of grief was not foreign to the psalmist.  Though sometimes less familiar, many of the psalms in the Bible are psalms of lament.  Some of these psalms share vivid imagery of one’s sorrow and grief.  Take Psalm 6, for example, O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger, or discipline me in......

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21
May 2018
A Church on Fire

This is a church on fire, this is the Holy Spirit flame We have a burning desire to lift up Jesus’ name Let the fire burn in every heart to light the way, defeat the dark Let the flame of love burn higher This is a church, this is a church on fire The lyrics of this song from Hillsong Worship seem to sum up the burning within me today.  It is a burning with passion for God’s church.  It is a burning of appreciation for the people of Hood Memorial Christian......

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22
Nov 2017
Bless Your Heart (and I really mean that)

“Count your blessings” “A blessing in disguise” “Bless you” (after you have sneezed) “Bless your heart” These are just a few of the ways we use the word bless or blessing in our everyday conversations. I have a minister friend that served as a mentor to me in high school.  Jokingly, he shared a piece of advice with me one day that I will never forget.  He reminded me that in the south we have overused the phrase “Bless your heart” . We have sometimes gotten in a habit of saying it or sometimes we......

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31
Oct 2017
We Appreciate You

Dear Church Family, October is Pastor’s Appreciation Month, so as your pastors, we wanted to take time to appreciate each of you. We daily share with each other how we love the people that are a part of this church family and we wanted to share that love with you. Thank you for your daily love and support of our family. Thank you for hugging our girls each Sunday (sometimes three times). Thank you for holding the baby while we are in the middle of a conversation or needing to practice a......

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04
Apr 2017
Good Gratitude

One of the gifts of being a pastor is the invitation to walk with folks through the difficult times of life. Because of this gift, I get to hear how folks are dealing with tough situations. And I value every thought idea and word shared. They give me amazing insight into how we humans cope with life through both the good and not-so-good. Part of being a pastor who cares about folks journeying through difficult times is checking in on them. So, I often find myself asking a question like, “How are......

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