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Steven A. Bush - November 20, 2016
Pausing to Say Thanks
In Paul's thank you letter to the family of believers in Philippi, he writes: "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:3-6 ESV) This is a blessed church, one that is being prayed for as well as one being acknowledged with gratitude for their love, care, and generosity. Paul wrote this note from prison and referenced the words joy and rejoice some sixteen different times. How humbling yet encouraging it must have been for these brothers and sisters to receive these uplifting words from Paul. Showing our thankfulness to God in prayer, praise, and worship is such an awesome privilege. And it's also good for us to express our gratitude for one another. With God's grace helping us, may we endeavor to do so more and more.