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The Thanksgiving Equation

how to have thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you and your family have a great day remembering and celebrating the goodness and faithfulness of God.

As you give thanks today, be sure and follow the formula we find in Scripture for genuine thanksgiving.  It goes like this:

To + Through + For = Real Thanksgiving

We see this pattern clearly in the Apostle Paul’s words to the believers in Rome when he wrote:  “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you” (Romans 1:8).

  • We give thanks “to” God.
    “Every good gift and perfect gift is from above,” the Scripture says, “coming down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17, ESV).  Thanks for a gift that is not expressed to the giver falls short.  Our gratitude should be expressed to God.
  • We give thanks “through” Jesus Christ.
    We really can’t approach God on our own.  The “one mediator between God and men” is Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).  So, it is “through” Jesus that we are “adopted” into God’s family (Ephesians 1:5), “through Jesus” that we are “filled with the fruit of righteousness” (Philippians 1:11), “through Jesus” that God is glorified in us (1 Peter 4:11), and “through Jesus” that we give thanks.
  • We give thanks “for” every blessing and in every circumstance.
    For who God is, for what he has done to save us, for the people and provision he has sent into our lives . . . this is just the beginning of what we should be thankful for.  As the old hymn says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”

I give thanks to God through Jesus Christ for you!  I am grateful to be your pastor and friend.  I am thankful to be on this journey with you, and I remain convinced that the best is yet to come!

Christmas at Ingleside 2016

Just on the horizon is our celebration of the birth of Jesus at Ingleside.  Put these opportunities for worship and outreach on your calendar now:

December 9-11    Christmas Musical Presentations
Invite a friend and celebrate Christmas at Ingleside in one of four Christmas musical presentations called, “Light.”

•  Friday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m.

•  Saturday, December 10, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

•  Sunday, December 11, 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

December 18       Ingleside 65th Anniversary Celebration
10:30 a.m. – one worship service only 

December 18       Christmas Remembrance Service
A service of hope and encouragement for those grieving the loss of loved ones this Christmas.  It’s at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

December 24       Christmas Eve Services
Family services with live nativity will be at 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.  Candlelight communion service will be at 7:30 p.m.  Make Christmas Eve at Ingleside part of your tradition!

December 25       Christmas Day
10:30 a.m. – one worship service only

January 1             New Year’s Day
10:30 a.m. – one worship service only

January 4             Regular Wednesday Schedule Resumes

January 8             Regular Sunday Schedule Resumes

All through this holiday season, I hope you will “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33, ESV).  A God-centered perspective at the holidays will bring joy and peace to our hearts and great glory to our Savior!

Your Pastor and Friend,

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