Sunday, June 28, 2009

Practical Steps in the Middle of the Test

Today, Pastor Kevin tought on the topic, "Practical Steps In The Middle of the Test".

  1. What You Think
    Prov. 23:7 As he thinks in his heart, so is he.
    'Thinks' - judges or calculates the worth or ability
  2. How You Talk
    Prov. 18:21 There is life or death in the power of the tongue.
    Everything you think ain't worth confessing, or else it can mess with your blessing.
    Some things in my head should not be said.
    'Guard' - a constant watch
    In the middle of the mess, make sure you bless!
  3. How You Walk
    Don't change your direction in the middle of the test!
    Don't get depressed - this is only a test!
    Don't get stressed - this is only a test!
    (Because you will pass the test!!)

Please comment on what God is doing as you are becoming more thankful, even in the midst of the test.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Thankfulness Impacts Our Quality of Life!

Phillipians 4:6-8. We remembered the 3 things we've been taught:

  1. Refraining from Complaining - Phil 2:14
  2. Living In Thanksgiving - Phil 4:12-13
  3. Counting Your Blessings - Psalm 102:3

Did you know that chronic stress over time can cause:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Weight Problems
  3. Heart Disease/Stroke
  4. Ulcers
  5. Pain, headaches, joint issues, etc.
  6. Concentration & Memory Loss
  7. Sleep Disorders

We were taught that 'Think' means 'to dwell on or meditate on' and encouraged to start our day with a 'Meditation of Inspiration'. And did you know that people who are consciously grateful are:

  • More Energetic
  • More Joyful
  • Had Fewer Illnesses
  • More Resilient in Tough Times
  • Live Longer…

Everyday we need to make a choice, even when it is tough, to start the day by giving thanks. Let everyone know what you have been experiencing during this great series on Thankfulness by entering your comments on this week's blog.