Your Will Is Giving Thanks (Scripture & Prayer)


Thank you for today. Thank you for this moment. Thank you that I can stop to consider how good you are. Thank you for giving me plenty to be thankful for.

Thank you for loving me. Thank you for guiding me. Thank you for leading me in your path, so that I may grow into more of you.

Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for your Word. Thank you for your Spirit. Thank you for your love.

And, thank you for (fill in the blank with your own expressions of gratitude).

I am committed to following your will. I am given to living by your written code. And I see that thankfulness isn’t a choice, but thankfulness is something you desire from me on a continual basis. 

Help me to remain thankful. Help me to keep seeing your hand in every situation. Help me to obey your will. Fill my heart with love, and let me overflow with thankfulness.


3 Ways to Stay Thankful During Thanksgiving (And All Year Long)

Happy Thanksgiving!

I remember the good old days when Thanksgiving sales did not start until early Friday morning.

But Black Friday is no more. Now, it seems, we should call Thanksgiving, “Black Thursday” when mainstream focus is on food, football, and fantastic deals. The largest sales end before midnight, and the weekend follows with lingering discounts and opportunities to spend more money.

It’s ironic. During Thanksgiving, when people should be happiest, they seem to become the most irritable. When we should be counting our blessings, we count our cash instead (and often spend more than we count). No wonder Americans get so stressed out.

So how can we stay thankful during Thanksgiving, and even all year long?

Read the rest of 3 Ways to Stay Thankful During Thanksgiving over at AndrewGilmore.net. 

Is It Ever Too Late to Pray?

When I hear an ambulance, I ask God to protect and heal whomever the ambulance is for. When I eat something funky, I ask God to protect me from whatever may have been wrong with the food. There are many small moments I have throughout my day when I am interacting with God.

Is It Ever Too Late to Pray

With these small moments of interaction (called prayer), I often wonder about what I’m asking or looking for God to do. I think to myself, are these requests legit? Are they fitting for what God is doing and what His will is? Also, I’ve always wondered: Is it ever too late to pray?

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Feeling or Faith?

Feeling or Faith: Five Steps to Discern the Difference

I was on the verge of making one of the largest decisions in my life. My wife and I prayed and then prayed some more. We had never been more certain of a single decision together. We were in 100 percent agreement with what we were hearing from God. We knew the Lord was directing us in this way.


That was the sound of our hearts dropping once we received seemingly unfavorable news. We began to question ourselves: Did we accurately hear from God? Did we miss the mark? We began letting fear formulate our feelings instead of focusing on faith and direction from God.

Often, we think of the difference between faith and feelings in the terms of positive and negative. Our perspective is commonly one which would say faith is the absence of the feeling of fear. However, in reality, faith can be driven by fear, the fear of God: “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household” (Hebrews 11:7, ESV).

Faith is responding to God and trusting in Him regardless of our feelings of fear. In contrast to feeling being a descriptive word; faith is much more of an action word. While mental activity is an action in itself; faith is marked by taking physical action on the word of God and moving according to God’s leading through His Holy Spirit in our individual lives: “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26, NIV).

Furthermore, we have a tendency to construct complacent faith when our feelings are great. When we are on top, when we are living victoriously, when we are content, we have a danger to slip away from faith-driven living.

But regardless of our positive or negative feelings and in spite of our circumstances, we must remember this: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV).

Since we want to please God, we need to understand the differences between mere feelings and faith. Here are five steps to help you discern the difference between your feelings and your faith.

Click here to finish reading Feeling or Faith? Five Steps to Discern the Difference from Vital Magazine. 

Lies the Zombie Culture Tells Us

This morning when I finished my workout, I was exhausted, but I felt alive. I’ve heard it reported that when you exercise, some sort of chemical is released in your body which makes you just feel better. I felt good, as this was the first time in a long time I’ve been back to the gym since the birth of our second child six months ago.

So I went in the locker room to force myself to endure the nasty chalky tasting protein mix that is supposed to be good for my body. Normally, there’s some sort of sports program on the TV. But today, it was some zombie flick.

Lies the Zombie Culture Tells Us

This girl was screaming, this guy was smashing some zombie with an axe, and they were inside some apartment complex trying to save someone. I was intrigued, as zombie movies apparently are not as frightening in the dark of the early morning as they are if you stay up late at night to watch them at home.

I watched for a few moments as I saw the struggle between the living and the dead. I became annoyed with the show, and couldn’t figure out how to turn off the TV. I started to reflect about what zombie movies teach us about life. What type of story do they tell? What do they want us to believe about ourselves? Here’s some lies and corresponding truths about the living and the dead.

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“Keys to the Kingdom of God”
by Brad Andres

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My most recent sermon at Calvary Temple.

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

– Matthew 16:13-19 ESV

As followers of Christ, we’ve been given the keys to the kingdom of God.

It is now our responsibility to open the door for people by sharing with them the message of Jesus Christ.

The Rich People Who Can’t Enter Heaven

There's More of Us Than We Might Think

We were reading a portion of Scripture in a small group the other day, and someone said this: “There will be no rich people in heaven. Right?”

What About the Rich Who Will Not Enter Kingdom Heaven / Go to Heaven / Inherit the Kingdom of God?

All eyes locked forward, like, snap! Everyone salivated in anticipation while I pondered what I was going to say. Since the Bible says what it says, that rich people will not enter into the kingdom of God, how was I going to argue that??

I stared back with intrigue, wondering where the idea came from. We just finished reading about it being impossible for rich people to go through the eye of a needle, so I understand how the statement was triggered.

I simply said, “Yea?”

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