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.
[5 minute read] Hard to believe it was a year ago when we celebrated with the Latin American countries at Kensington Temple and what a memorable night – Latin American Food, music, dance, and an opportunity to share the gospel.
[6 minute read] I cannot imagine anything more life-enriching than knowing that I am blessed and highly favoured by God. All the great Bible characters were not so great in themselves, but the moment the favour of God touched them, they changed nations and fulfilled their destinies.
[3 minute video] Geoffrey Sleiman – one of KT’s editors provides some tips you might find useful when filming for your videos or zoom meetings.
[3 minute read] Many who hold to the theory of evolution wonder what’s in store for the human race. Are we going to evolve into a new superhuman, even divine human species? As is often the case with questions only recently conceived, the Bible anticipated and answered this one thousands of years ago.
[6 minute read] The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Jesus came to bring you the full and abundant life of His kingdom. This life, is the rich, spiritual life of God Himself that overflows into His creation. When God made the world, He provided for it in abundance. It was teeming with life!
Colin Dye Senior Minister Follow Colin Dye on: www.facebook.com/colindye.org and his blog: www.colindye.comMany who hold to the theory of evolution wonder what’s in store for the human race. Are we going to evolve into a new superhuman, even divine human species? As...
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