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Happy Thanksgiving from The Evangelical Network 
From our President, David Thomas.
  
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to your Name, O Most High.
To declare your lovingkindness in the morning,
And your faithfulness every night…” (Psalm 92:1-2)

 
All across our nation this week, people will be cleaning their houses and cooking food in preparation for the big feast on Thanksgiving Day. Friends, family, in laws and out laws will gather to carve the turkey, stuff themselves with stuffing and cranberry sauce and dive into huge helpings of pumpkin pie. Politics will be discussed, voices will be raised, laughter will resound and footballs will be passed but it is not likely that most will remember what this day is truly about—the giving of thanks to God for His bountiful blessings.

We all have heard the legend about the pilgrims and the Indians (that’s what we used to call Native Americans before there was an America) but our modern culture has lost the significance of this gathering of strangers who came together to celebrate their blessings, victories and newly formed relationships. The one thing which bound them together was a spirit of gratitude for all that they had and all they had been given. They took time to thank God for His divine provision, protection and preservation.

As the Psalmist says, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord!” Milk does a body good but thanksgiving and praise does your spirit good and refreshes your life. Paul encourages us “in all things [to] give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18): this is not just positive thinking or mind over matter. To live a life of gratitude is to put our faith in action, to focus our hearts on the God Who rules all things rather than to be ruled by things and situations. To practice an attitude of gratitude develops our spiritual muscles to fight the good fight against depression, discouragement and disappointment with life.

I encourage you to spend some time this Thanksgiving, doing some serious thanksgiving. Tell the Lord how awesome He is and how thankful you are for His hand on your life. Celebrate His goodness, meditate on His mercy, revel in His grace! If we all took one day to focus on how wonderful God is and how generous He has been, I believe it would release such a spiritual anointing that it would change the course of our nation.  

I'll start by thanking God for all of the affiliates, churches, ministers, ministries and friends of The Evangelical Network. Your dedication to the Lord's work and commitment to the Lord's love is a source of praise and thanksgiving in my life and the lives of Christians all over the world. I thank God and I thank you for being demonstrations of grace and light in a world of darkness.

Have a happy and thanks filled Thanksgiving!
David Thomas, President
The Evangelical Network








About The Evangelical Network

 

TEN was started in 1988 as a fellowship of Bible believing churches, ministries, Christian workers and individuals who share a common faith, purpose and witness. Our mission is to spread the Gospel to ALL people and to build bridges between the LGBT Evangelical community and the straight Evangelical community by fostering a safe space for ongoing conversation and education. We provide resources, support and networking opportunities for churches, ministries and individuals who are LGBT affirming or are seeking to become affirming. Our affiliate churches, ministries and Christian workers collaborate together on national and international projects.

 

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