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  • Writer's pictureBill Finnigan

November 2023 Update

Dear Ones:

I give thanks for Thanksgiving Day, especially when gathering as family; but the gracious spirit of that day quickly ends and life goes on with “wars and rumors of war.” This special day of Thanksgiving seems to be increasingly overshadowed by Halloween and Christmas; with the emphasis on “getting” rather than “giving.” Prophetically, the Bible predicts that “in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” (2 Tim. 3:1,2).

We live in a demonically inspired society preoccupied with selfishness and “selfies,” to boot. God’s gifts and graces are taken for granted, producing a thankless attitude of entitlement. Yet He’s the One who said, “Without me you can do nothing!” It is God’s stated will for us to “give thanks in everything!” (1 Thess. 5:18) That’s better described as “thanks-living.”

In the same context, Paul tells us to “rejoice evermore” and “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thess. 5:16,17) How is that possible? Well, because of Pentecost, i.e. the coming (indwelling) of the Holy Spirit, these “commands” become a reality. The “new birth” in Christ Jesus produces a new heart “attitude” which loves and obeys the Word.

By definition, attitude is a mental position with regard to a fact or state. This can be positive or negative. We speak of one having an “attitude problem;” i.e. an arrogant, cocky spirit or demeanor. But, thankfully, by grace the believer can project a consistent, Spirit-filled attitude, demonstrating the fruit of “joy, prayerfulness, and thanksgiving!” (cf. Gal. 5:22&23; Eph. 5:18-20)

Note that the Scripture says, “In [not for] everything give thanks.” All things are “working together for good” to the believer; but not everything is “good” in itself. James tells us to “count it all joy” when we get in “trouble.” (cf. Jas. 1:2-4) That doesn’t mean that we must praise God for the circumstance per/se, but rather to thank Him in it! This is a matter of trusting the Sovereign God who has a definite purpose for allowing our present situation. He will use it to perfect and develop our spiritual character, etc. Thus, we can have an ongoing “attitude of gratitude” generated by the Word and the Holy Spirit! He is altogether worthy of our thankful praise!

I give thanks to you who stand with me in prayer. God is at work. I’m witnessing a stirring of hearts at the Mission (and elsewhere). The Holy Spirit is honoring His Word; and, frankly, it’s about that time!! It’s time for God to “invade” our decimated land with convicting and saving power! Even so come, Lord Jesus!

My new book (80 pages) “When Kids Go Wrong” will be available in a few days. It’s a balanced and helpful source of help for parents. (Check our website, I send my love and heart-felt greeting to each of you during this Christmas Season. May God strengthen and encourage each of you.

With joyful gratitude in Christ,

Pastor Bill

Col. 1:27

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