Grateful to God in Trials

Whenever God allows suffering into our lives it’s because he has something better for us. Of course, we don’t want to go through trials! But even in the midst of bad, painful circumstances when can choose to be thankful. Why? Because God “has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians…

Thank God for God!

You and the people you care for can learn to give thanks to God — even in painful times. In this message we bring together the Bible and scientific research to teach on the blessing and power of gratitude. We use Psalm 136 to lead an experience of giving thanks and praise to God in community and we facilitate a time of Thanksgiving meditation.

Thankfulness: The Way to Holiness and Happiness

The Lord Jesus Christ is holy and happy and so are his students. Holiness and happiness go together. In the Bible we read, “The disciples were full of joy and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 13:52; see also Luke 10:21, Romans 14:17, 1 Thessalonians 1:6). Holiness without happiness is stuffy and impersonal. Happiness without holiness is shallow…

Gratitude Research

In recent years scientific research has validated the ancient wisdom of the Bible: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” (This is the most repeated verse in the Bible. See Psalm 136 for instance.) Today there is a whole school of psychology called “Positive Psychology.” (It’s related to Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology.)…

Thanksgiving Turkey and Prayer

“Let us come before the Lord with thanksgiving” (Psalm 95:2). At your Thanksgiving meal you have an opportunity to go beyond “saying grace” and “please pass the turkey” — you can celebrate the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday in a special way that unites family and friends in a celebration of God’s generosity. Some years…