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From the Pastor's Desk

"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise, dwell on these things" (Phil. 4:8). Most of us are familiar with this text, which encourages us to count our blessings.

How will you direct your thoughts today? Will you obey the words of Philippians 4:8 by dwelling upon those things that are honorable, just, and commendable? Or will you allow your thoughts to be hijacked by the negativity that seems to dominate our troubled world? Are you fearful, angry, bored, or worried? Are you so preoccupied with the concerns of this day that you fail to thank God for the promise of eternity? Are you confused, bitter, or pessimistic? If so, God wants to have a little talk with you.

God intends that you experience joy and abundance. So, today and hereafter, celebrate the life that God has given you by focusing your thoughts upon those things that are worthy of praise. Today, count your blessings instead of your hardships. And thank the Giver of all things good for gifts that are simply too numerous to count. Proverbs says, "A cheerful heart has a continual feast" (Prov. 15:15).

At the present time, there is so much going on in the world around us. It is easy to focus on that and become fearful, worried, and negative. Through Christ, we must choose the direction of our thoughts. We can live at a higher plane. We must choose joy!

Pastors Mark and Jennifer

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