Keynote: The power of thanksgiving
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The cultivation of a grateful heart is essential to successfully living a fruitful life for God. Prayer with thanksgiving keeps you spiritually healthy and strong! The old hymn states “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done”. Do we focus too much on problems and difficulties, forgetting about all the good things that the Lord has done for us? This can lead to excessive pessimism if we aren’t careful.
We face our challenges head on, but at the same time we should celebrate every victory and blessing that God gives to us. Prayer regarding difficulties and obstacles should always be with a strong element of thanksgiving. Our motivation for serving and obeying the Lord’s commands should arise out of a heart genuinely grateful for all Jesus has done for us – thankful people are obedient people.
Each November North America celebrates a special Thanksgiving Day. This tradition began with the early Puritan settlers in the 1600s who, fleeing persecution in Britain, paused from daily life to thank God as a community for the harvest and the blessings of another year. In a sense Thanksgiving Day should be every day for a believer shouldn’t it? But it’s still good to have an extra special focus on thanking the Lord throughout November.
Join us for our special Thanksgiving service on Wednesday 22nd when we share testimonies, bring non-perishable food for those in need, and give a special freewill ‘thank offering’ for everything God has done in the last year.
Let’s make sure this November that in all our cell groups there is a special emphasis on thanksgiving, especially for the fruit of our 20:20 Vision so far in 2017.
[3 minute read] “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). Discover the first steps of your discipleship in the Christian faith as you embark on this life-transformational course.
One night, I was listening to a worship song about being free and surrendering all to God. Whilst listening to the words I began to pray and asked God to feel his presence.
[2 minute read] Senior Minister Colin Dye has launched a pioneering online Bible school for the converts from Islam in Central Asia and Caucasus. The Bible school is using Colin’s Sword of the Spirit video series which has been translated into Russian as a study material, and it includes live interactive teaching sessions where believers in the region can find answers to difficult questions.
[1 minute read] Sunday 18 April was a great day at Kensington Temple as 30 people gathered with family and friends at 2pm, first for a reminder of previous teaching on baptism and then to be ministered to. Some had the joy of being baptised with the Holy Spirit immediately before going through the waters of baptism.
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Many of us know Roberts Liardon. He s a great friend of Kensington Temple and has visited many times. Less well known to us personally, but playing a vital role in his ministry is his mother, Carol, who passed away earlier this month. Click for video from Colin Dye.
[ 3 minute read] Back to the office as the roadmap to ending lockdown unfolds
Monday 12 April was a very big day in our country as it marked the re-opening of outdoor cafes, restaurants and pubs, as well as hairdressers, gyms, and swimming pools. Seeing the High Street busy and shopping and town centres come alive again, one senses a cautious sense of euphoria.
[2 minute read] Following the completion of the external audit of the Church’s accounts for the financial year ended 30th September 2020, we are delighted to be able to present a short financial update setting out some of the financial highlights.
[ 3 minute read] Never have I felt so challenged about sharing my faith. To step up to the plate and publicly throw out the lifeline as a follower of Jesus during lockdown was a startling thought.
[3 minute read] A year ago when you walked down a busy road, or a high street, you would find a number of cafes, bars, and pubs – many of them playing music. You would find people standing outside because there isn’t enough room inside – drinking, laughing and having a great time.
[ 3 minute read] Imagine a world where you can ask a question, make a request, register for training, or book time with a pastor without having to contact or go into Kensington Temple. Welcome to X-change – Kensington Temple’s own one-stop online system designed for you.