Thanksgiving

Expressions Of A Thankful Person, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Luke 17: 16 , “He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan”.

We are quick to complain and ask God for things, but slow to thank Him for the blessings already in possession and slow or non – existent to give thanks when He does answer prayer, provide, or protect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who Do We Thank? Evans Olang

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Luke 17:11-19, “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks”

In January 2009, a miracle was witnessed in New York where an airbus flight 1549 carrying 155 passengers crashed into Hudson river with the plane remaining intact. All the passengers lived making it one of the greatest miracles I have witnessed reported on media. Read the rest of this entry »

Nothing Just Happens, Evans Olang

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Luke 17:11-19, “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks”

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection on what the Lord has done in the past year and giving Him thanks. I have  been disappointed  in many occasions where at thanksgiving dinners  people gave thanks but directed them to no one. My question is, did things just happen that could not be traced to the one who caused them to happen? Read the rest of this entry »

Count Your Blessings, Evans Olang

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1Chronicles 16:1-36, vs., “8 Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!”

A musician penned these words in a song, “we take a lot of things for granted, one day it all be taken away, that’s when you realize how important it was. You will never miss your water until your well runs dry, give thanks and praise all the time”. Read the rest of this entry »

Prayer And Learning In Death Valley, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Psalm 42: 1-7, “I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way. In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me. Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me”

Here is David, alone, tired, exhausted, confused, on the run and alone in a cave (before the 400 men gathered to him). Read the rest of this entry »

From The Lips Of Children And Infants, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Matthew 21:14-16, “14The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,” `From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’ “, “…Because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. (Psalm 8:2)

Sometime back on a Father’s Day, I had the wonderful opportunity to see both of my dads. Since I’ve blessed by a beautiful wife, I have gained another father as well, and he has gained a son. Read the rest of this entry »