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Humility

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“For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Cor. 4:7)

This verse jumped off the page as I was reading and thinking about Paul’s words to the Corinthian church this week. So much of what we have and are able to do comes not from our own skill or gifts. We really have received so much. Even the doors sovereignty opened to us are not of our doing.

In my mind this calls for humility and thankfulness. Humility because we have received so much. Thankfulness because He is the giver of all good gifts.

Take a moment to ponder this verse.

  1. What thoughts come to your mind?
  2. What are some of the things you have?
  3. Thank the Lord for what He has done and is doing for you.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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The Lord is My Shepherd

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I spent some time pondering and reflecting on Psalm 23 while flying to Denver. I read it a number of times and thanked the Lord for the fact that He really is my shepherd.

Take a few minutes to read and reflect on this passage:

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.”

What thoughts come to mind as you read this? Take a few minutes to thank the Lord.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Gratitude

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Just last week in the U.S., we celebrated Thanksgiving – a time to pause and spend time with loved ones and reflect on all our blessings.

I want to take a moment to express gratitude to each one of you. Your partnership is vital to our ministry, and your prayers have a significant impact.

I consider it a privilege to partner with you each week in praying for our brothers and sisters around the world.

In building any and everything, in and for God, there are some basic building principles that must be adhered to. Just like with any natural building, its foundation is the strength behind the structure of that building. The foundation dictates the height, width, and weight of a building. A small foundation dictates that you have a small building. A deep and wide foundation dictates that you can have a building of some size and height. In God’s Kingdom prayer is the foundation for all things. Prayer is the principle component that you need to build or do anything in, or for God. – T. Owens

Prayer really is the foundation for all things. Thank you for praying with us each and every week.

Giving thanks to Him,
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Thanksgiving

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Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

thankfulheartFor those of us in the USA, the Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner.  It’s a wonderful time for us to pause and reflect wherever we are.

We have so much to thank Him for. Please join me in offering praise to the Father for His abundant blessings.

We are thanking the Lord for the many volunteers like Bill and Kent who sacrificially give of their time and talent to further the Great Commission through the ministry of MentorLink.

And we want to express our gratitude to each one of you. Your partnership is vital to our ministry, and your prayers and financial support further the Kingdom.

Because of you, lives are changed. Take a moment and connect with us; we’d love to hear from you! http://bit.ly/17OAClv

Giving thanks to Him,
Stacy

“Biblical thanksgiving does not focus on our circumstances, but on the character of God. Circumstances change; God does not.” — M. Youssef