Pastor's Notes by Bro. Jay Hatfield

Dear Friends,

     Thanksgiving is almost here. As we are preparing ourselves for family gatherings, food out of this world, and football games on television I ask you, “What do you have to be thankful for?” Every year I find myself trying to search the scriptures and looking through my sources for that perfect sermon idea for Thanksgiving. Actually, isn’t that the whole idea right there? Giving thanks! I believe that God simply just wants us to stop running, settle down, take a breath, and remember the blessings. Don’t we truly have a lot to be thankful for? Sure we do!

     Looking back over this past year God has blessed my life. He has blessed me both physically and spiritually. I have a wonderful wife with two children that I dearly love. They both have married beautiful people that I consider both my daughter-in-law and my son-in-law my own family and my children. I have three precious grandchildren and now a fourth on the way! Truly there is nothing like being a grandpa! I thank God for my family. God has indeed blessed me spiritually in this past year. I have seen our church grow in spirit and take steps of faith. I have been to Israel and Africa in this past year. God blessed me to be able to see and walk in the places that Jesus lived and walked here on earth. In Africa I met old friends and new friends. Together we worshipped and served the Lord. When all was said and done all of our lives were touched by the hand of God. I am thankful!

     Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. God wants us to learn to be thankful for all the gifts He has given to us. Without gratefulness we tend to become arrogant and self-centered. If we are not careful we start to think that all of our accomplishments have come about on our own accord. Thankfulness keeps us on the right path.

     I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Not only should we be thankful for things that have gone well and that we like; but we should also be thankful for the things that didn’t go well and that we didn’t like. Everything has its purpose. We may not understand it, but I know God does! My trust is in Him!

     Thank you Lord for all my blessings! Thank you for my salvation!

Sincerely in Christ

Bro. Jay Hatfield