• Goodness 5

    Jeremiah 31:12

    They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,

        and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord (ESV).

     

    Thought for Today

    Our verse for today provides a beautiful picture of worship: the people of God gathering together in radiant joy at the goodness God has poured out on them. Often the challenges and disappointments of life cause us to miss the joy of God’s goodness towards us. If we take the time to remember all of the goodness God has blessed us with: the cross; the empty tomb; the Holy Spirit; the gift of faith; eternal life; family; our daily bread; and on and on; we will become radiant as we enter His courts. Take just 5 minutes to make a list of His goodness towards you. I bet you can fill a page! Review it before you go to church and see how it impacts your attitude towards worship.

     

    Prayer

    Lord God, thank You for all the goodness You have poured out on my life. Help me to celebrate Your goodness this weekend with radiant joy. Amen.

     

    Devotional Quote

    This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified. ― Martin Luther

     

    Quote of the Day

    Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. ― Desmond Tutu

    1. Thanksgiving 2021

      Psalm 100:4-5

      Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

       

      Thought for Today

      As we cleaned up from our Thanksgiving celebration, such as it was in these trying times, I was struck by how different things were this year. In the past, I have viewed Thanksgiving as a day to remember the great blessings, provisions, and comforts that I had enjoyed from God in the year gone by, lest I take those blessings for granted. This year connected me much more to the original intention of Thanksgiving in our nation’s history. Before it was an annual holiday, thanksgivings were always celebrated at the tail-end of great trials and tragedies. The Plymouth Rock pilgrims celebrated God’s goodness at the end of a winter that claimed the lives of 60% of the people in their community. Washington and Lincoln called for national days of Thanksgiving at the end of great and tragic wars, where everyone knew someone who had given their lives. This year, in the midst of a global pandemic, I find I have many reasons to be frustrated and distressed. Our lives have been turned upside down. We are disconnected from our loved ones. People are struggling to survive economically. Everyone has been either infected or affected by COVID. It is exactly for these times that we have a day of Thanksgiving. We need to be reminded of all of God’s blessings and gifts during all these trials. This is why every Sunday is intended to be a little Thanksgiving. We enter His gates with thanksgiving! In His presence we can leave behind our fears and frustrations and find our faith and hope in God and His promises renewed. With our eyes fixed firmly on Him, we reenter our world as light in the midst of the darkness and joy in the midst of the struggle. Fill this weekend with all the reasons you have to be thankful. These times are exactly why we pause, reflect, and give thanks to the Lord. 

       

      Prayer

      Heavenly Father, Thank You for all Your blessings. I am especially thankful for ______________. Help me to always remember the blessings I have to be thankful for.  

       

      Devotional Quote

      If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. — Meister Eckhart

       

      Quote of the Day

      Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr

    2. Goodness 3

      Exodus 33:19 And [the LORD] said (to Moses), “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD (YHWH).’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.

       

      Thought for Today

      If you asked Moses what the greatest moment of his life was you might think it would be a difficult decision. Was it the battle of miracles with Pharaoh? The parting of the Red Sea? Receiving the Ten Commandments? I don’t think he would choose any of these. Near the end of his life Moses was blessed with the opportunity to actually see the God of the universe pass by him. It was a singular blessing in the history of mankind. What did Moses see in that moment? God’s goodness. When God passed by where Moses was hidden in the cleft of a rock everything he saw that he could define as God was called goodness. How amazing to be loved by a God Whose very nature is absolute goodness. A God who will have mercy on whom He desires; even someone like you.

       

      Prayer

      Lord God, I praise You for Your goodness that has blessed me so abundantly in my life. Help me reflect Your goodness, even imperfectly, into the lives of the people around me. Amen.

       

      Devotional Quote

      Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart rendered to God for his goodness. — Nathaniel Parker Willis 

       

      Quote of the Day

      No man or woman can be strong, gentle, pure, and good, without the world being better for it and without someone being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness. — Phillips Brooks

      1. Goodness 2

        Titus 3:4-5 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy. . .

         

        Thought for Today

        God’s ultimate display of goodness appeared with the coming of Jesus. God saw that His image within us was tarnished by sin. We did not have the ability or strength to polish the tarnish away by our own efforts. So God, in His goodness and mercy, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to wash it away for us. His blood from the cross has washed away the tarnish of sin from our lives and restored the shine of God’s glory within us. His image shines bright in us once more. This was the greatest display of goodness in the history of creation. How can you unleash the glory of His goodness today?

         

        Prayer

        Lord Jesus, thank You for showing me the goodness of God’s when You gave up Your life for me. Help me to let Your goodness shine through me today. Amen.

         

        Devotional Quote for Today

        “He's not safe, but he's good” (referring to Aslan, the Christ figure in the Lion, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)” ― C.S. Lewis

         

        Quote of the Day

        When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always. ― Mahatma Gandhi

        1. Goodness 1

          Genesis 1:27

          So God created mankind in his own image,

              in the image of God he created them;

              male and female he created them. (NIV)

           

          Thought for Today

          God is the source of all goodness. In fact, God is goodness personified. We were created in God’s image. This means that we were created with the kind of goodness in us that would show all of creation what God is like. Sin smothered that goodness inside us, making the image of God almost unrecognizable. Yet it is not lost completely. We recognize goodness in the world around us because our spirit still recognizes its original shape. When we see goodness our spirit shouts, “Look! There is God in the world!” This is why everyone, Christians and non-Christians alike, know what goodness looks like and desire to see it in the world around them. The Christian, however, acknowledges God as the source of goodness. Keep your eyes open today. How many times can you spot God as He works goodness in the world through the people and things He has created?

           

          Prayer

          Good and gracious God, thank You for the many ways You show me Your love through the goodness of others. Help me to see and acknowledge the goodness You send my way today. Amen.

           

          Devotional Quote for Today

          In Christ the original image of God is restored, by faith in this world and by sight in the world to come. — Walter Lang  

           

          Quote of the Day

          Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. — Dennis Prager

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          2. Promise Keeper 5

            Jeremiah 29:13

            You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 

             

            Thought for Today

            Have you ever lost your keys and had to look everywhere for them? You checked six times in places you already looked. Just when you were sure they were lost forever, you found them in the most unexpected place. Today we have another amazing truth about God’s radical love: He wants to be found. Most people throughout human history thought that God was either too far away, or too hidden to be found. God tells us that this is not the case. The search will not be easy. It will take time and effort. It is a lifelong search, but one that is worth it. For when you find God it will change everything: how you see yourself, your world, and your place in time and eternity. Once you find Him you will start a new search for even more of Him. Let the search begin!

             

            Prayer

            Lord God, give me the patience and determination to seek You with my whole heart every day, starting today. When I lose focus send Your Spirit to renew my vision. For I know the more of You I discover the more full my life will be. Amen.

             

            Devotional Quote

            Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one― A.W. Tozer

             

            Quote of the Day

            I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh

            1. The Promise Keeper 4

              2 Corinthians 7:1

              “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

               

              Thought for Today

              One of the classic movie themes is the good woman who falls in love with a scoundrel and, because of her unconditional love, makes him want to be a better man. Have you ever wondered why that theme resonates so well generation after generation? Could it be because our hearts recognize that as the kind of love that God pours out on us? God’s love and care are not dependent upon your performance. God keeps His promises simply because that is His nature and He thinks you are worth loving even when you are the scoundrel. In response to God’s unconditional love for us our hearts love to be a better men and women. Holy living is not a condition for God’s love but the hearts natural response to it.

               

              Prayer

              Gracious Father, thank You for the gift of Your unconditional love. Help me to show You my gratitude by the way I live my life before You today. Amen.

               

              Devotional Quote

              God grades on the Cross not on the curve.—Adrian Rogers

               

              Quote of the Day

              The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens

              1. Oct 2021 Trunk-or-Treat

                Our first year of trunk-or-treat was a success! We ended up with 17 trunk volunteers; the amount of vehicles was a perfect fit for the school parking lot. About 100-200 kids with their parents stopped by for the festivities. It ended up being a chilly day, but that may have encouraged our friends and neighbors to stop by and make the short trek through the parking lot. Starting off with a cup of hot chocolate or cider, parents kept warm while they walked their kids through the "U" shaped journey of decorated trunks. Volunteers entertained our guests with fun and creative decorations and lots of treats. Many trunks followed the fall theme, while others portrayed Chick-fil-a cows, castles, Lion King, a pirate ship, Star Wars, and shepherds. If they weren't too cold after the walk through, several kids gathered in the center to play with friends. The winner of the best trunk award - the pirate ship created by the Cassidy's! Those that survived walking the plank over shark infested waters to grab their candy voted for the pirate ship:) Thanks to all the volunteers for their time and hard work putting these trunks together and serving treats!!




                1. The Promise Keeper 3

                  Psalm 119:40

                  Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.

                   

                  Thought for Today

                  God has made so many promises about how He will provide for me, bless me and be with me in every trial. How do I know that God’s promises are true? The same way you do. I can recount time after time when God has faithfully provided for my needs or seen me through trials (often of my own making). However, I must confess that when the next need or trial appears on the horizon I quickly fall back into fear and doubt. I find comfort and strength when I look back on His unfailing faithfulness in my life. When I remember how He has kept His promises in the past, I can look with confidence into the future.

                   

                  Prayer

                  Loving Father, Thank you for the fingerprints of Your faithfulness and care that mark the whole of my life. Help me to look confidently to the future knowing that Your faithfulness has no end. Amen.

                   

                  Devotional Quote

                  “True faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God's fidelity to His Promises. ― Francis Chan

                   

                  Quote of the Day

                  Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

                  1. Dear Abba, Thank You for Your unfailing love and Your tremendous promises and their fulfillment, many of which I probably don’t even know of! You are the perfect parent, doing phenomenal things, known and unknown, to bless, protect, preserve and provide for my well-being. I love You dear Lord!