April 12, 2015

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They stubbornly tested God in their hearts, demanding the foods they craved.

~Psalm 78:18, NLT


The more we count the blessing we have, the less we crave the luxuries we don’t have.

~Chip Ingram

my thoughts red

What happens to a child when the parents placate and pacify every whim and wish? The child becomes spoiled and has a bratty attitude. God was good to the Israelites. He redeemed them from the iron furnace in Egypt with His strong right hand. It took ten miracles to convince Pharaoh to let Israel go and then as a bonus, God parted the Red Sea saving Israel from Pharaoh’s army.

This generation of Israelites [those who came out of Egypt] saw more miracles than any generation who has ever lived and that would include the disciples. These Israelites saw a miracle per day for 40 years. You would think this would make them thankful but in spite of all God’s goodness toward them they became ungrateful and unhappy.

Ingratitude is a bad attitude that chips away at our joy. Like rain on loose soil, our spirit of gratitude slowly erodes until we become obstinate and ungrateful. Ingratitude is such a subtle sin: first we take God’s daily provisions for granted, then we become dissatisfied with what we have and begin to crave more. In the final stage we become demanding. It is never wise to make demands to God.

The remedy for ingratitude is to repent and begin thanking God for what He has already done. As the hymn writer stated it, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessing and you will see what God has done.” When did you last count your blessings?

extra 2

  • Today we pray for Senior Adults.
  • Great turn out for Golden Girls. We had 10 which is a record. We meet next month on May 2. Judy’s Senior Adult Women also visited the Nursing Home and they are to be commended.
  • While we are on Senior Adults: there will be no Senior Adult Fellowship in April. Hopefully we will get back on line in May.
  • No Deacons Meeting today: LCBS at 9:15, and worship at 10:15 and 6:00. Communion in am service. Commissioning Haley Rae in evening service.
  • Speaking of gratitude: I got a great night of rest on Friday night and was able to go to the GOLDEN GIRLS breakfast and planning to be at both worship services today, Lord willing. I’ve been sitting up a lot the last three days and walking more. I want to thank the LORD for everyone’s kindness to me. I think the orange rolls did more for my recovery than the steroids. Thanks for all the cards, letters, visits, food and prayers. I am very blessed with two great families: My church family and my biological family.
  • I am thankful for children even though they down know the difference between a strawberry plant and a weed. Remember that row of strawberries I had, I have it no longer.
  • One other note of THANKSGIVING:Thank You Father for Spring! It looks really good! Really good!



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