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Inviting Paul over for Thanksgiving

He may not have eaten turkey or watched any football, but the Apostle Paul was a big fan of Thanksgiving. He begins most of his New Testament letters giving thanks for his readers. His words to the Philippians are my favorites:

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…”. (Philippians 1:3-5)

That is the way I feel about you. I am so thankful for the partnership God has weaved between all of us at Hill Country Bible Church. We all are partners in the Gospel! I am so thankful for your commitment to loving your neighbor as yourself— learning to love where you live! I am so thankful for the way you practice the Art of Neighboring toward the ultimate goal that every man, woman, and child would hear the gospel.

I am also very thankful for your generous giving as another expression of your partnership in the gospel. Your regular giving demonstrates your dependence upon God and is used to fund the work He is doing in and through our church. In Philippians, Paul’s appreciation for the Philippians’ partnership also included their financial support (see 4:10-20).

I am also very thankful to pastor a church so committed to serving the cause of Christ. On behalf of Jesus, thank you for investing time in teaching children, discipling teens, facilitating worship, leading small groups, and serving the Body in many other helpful ways. As partners, we all co-labor together. Look at what Paul says about Timothy and Epaphroditus in Philippians 2:19-30. That’s how I feel about you!

Finally, I am most thankful for your love for Jesus Christ— for your attention, affection and allegiance to Him. I am thankful to be part of a church family that “has the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (2:2)

This Thanksgiving, I thank God for you!