Thanks-Giving is a Lifestyle

1 Thessalonians 5:18, In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

Thanks-giving is a lifestyle. In the USA, Thanksgiving is also a holiday and one of our greatest traditions. 

The first mention of thanksgiving in the Bible is found in Leviticus 7:11-13, 
This is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings which he shall offer to the Lord: If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer, with the sacrifice of thanksgiving, unleavened cakes mixed with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil, or cakes of blended flour mixed with oil. Besides the cakes, as his offering he shall offer leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offering. 

Our offerings and service should be more connected to willingness and thanksgiving, than to a sense of obligation. For Israel in the past and for us today, God wants His people to develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving. Peace is a result of giving thanks, and giving thanks brings peace.

Hebrews 13:15 reads, Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 

Offerings and service should be more connected to willingness and thanksgiving, than to a sense of obligation. God wants His people to develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving. Peace is a result of giving thanks, and giving thanks brings peace.

Listen to, or watch, the first teaching from the November series on the Firm Foundation podcast, "Thanks-Giving is a Lifestyle."

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Faithfulness in a Day of Fables

Every licensed and ordained minister should remember this charge. What Paul told Timothy is God's word to us today. In a day where "fables" abound, we need to double down on truth, faithfully represent Jesus Christ, and re-commit to this mandate! 

2 Timothy 4:1, "I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season a
nd out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."

Stir It Up!

2 Timothy 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  

Sometimes the best thing you can do is stir yourself! The Apostle Paul told Timothy that he already had what he needed. Timothy had already received instruction and the laying on of hands in empowering prayer.

A pot of soup might appear to lack hearty ingredients, but it only needs to be stirred to bring those ingredients from the bottom to the top. 

Let’s do for ourselves what we do for soup, STIR IT UP!

Stand Firm by Patricia A. Hudson (Audio)

Listen to the encouraging message by Patricia A. Hudson, "Stand Firm" on the Firm Foundation Podcast.

The Rest of God: Using the Power of Another (Video & Podcast)


Hebews 4:9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

Rest is an important word! Rest is essential physically and spiritually. We know the benefits of physical rest to our bodies and minds. Most of us can do better getting good rest.

Spiritually, rest is essential to living a life of purpose and empowerment. Entering God's rest is a recognition that we are operating on the "finished works" of the Christ, such as salvation, grace, abilities, wisdom provision and health. 

Rest is far from "doing nothing," it is "doing" through the strength of God. It is using the power of Another. Just as a surfer uses the power of the wave, we rely on the grace of God.

This teaching will help you enter into God's rest!
Rest comes from using the power of Another (Jesus).
Matthew 11:28, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29) "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30) "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
What is REST?
R - Return to God. Use the power of Another
E - Expect renewal through being refreshed in the Lord
S - See the new way God is showing you. Relying less on your own strength and more on the Lord’s strength.
T - Testify to the goodness of God. Tell someone about the goodness of God in your life
What Rest Looks Like: 
1. Having God’s peace in your heart and life. 
2. Entering into you places of purpose
3. Resting from your labors because of completion.