A Son, A Servant, A Steward

Speaking Heaven’s Language

Speaking Heaven’s Language

AS WITH EVERYTHING else in 2020, this will be a difficult Thanksgiving for many. The impact of COVID is being felt with fewer members of our families sitting around our tables. I know for our family, this saddens us.

And yet, it is amazing how often Scripture points to the attitude of thanksgiving as something that marks the life of one who loves Jesus. You could say that “thanksgiving” is the language of heaven.

To help you “speak the language of heaven” this Thanksgiving, I would like to offer you Psalm 138. Perhaps, between now and tomorrow, you could spend time using this psalm as a template to give voice to your words of thanks.

The Psalmist begins by saying that he gives thanks to God with his whole heart. There is nothing half-hearted about his offering of thanks.

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name

What is the cause for thanks?

  1. For your steadfast love and your faithfulness.
         How have you seen God’s love in your life?
         How has God been faithful to you?
  1. For you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
         How has God’s sovereignty over all things been a source of comfort for you?
         How have you seen the wisdom of God on display in your life

  2. On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.
         How did God meet you in your time of need?
         Where has God answered prayer for you?
  1. All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth,  and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. 
         How has God’s Word ministered to your heart?
         What song do you like to offer as a tribute of thanks to God?

  2. For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.
         How has God been your comfort?
         Where have you seen God at work in your life?

  3. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.
         Where have you experienced the deliverance of God?
         Where are you persevering by God’s strength?

  4. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
         What is God teaching you?
         How is God using you to touch others through the circumstances of your life?

I would encourage you to take some quiet time and think through these questions as a means of forming a heart of gratitude. Then, take one of these thoughts and speak the language of heaven. Give thanks to God and be an encouragement to others.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

A Time for Thanks – Sunday, November 29

A Time for Thanks – Sunday, November 29

I AM STRUCK by Paul’s instructions for us in Philippians 4:6. It is good to keep in mind that these instructions come to anxious people. Do not be anxious about anything, Paul says. 

This has been an anxious year. That goes without saying. In fact, as the year has progressed, each passing difficulty has been received with the knowing shrug of the shoulders that simply says, “Well that is 2020 for you.”

And yet, despite the presence of these anxious moments, Paul suggests that a spirit of thanksgiving should always mark us. There is still much for us to be thankful for. So, Paul says, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Surely, one thing to be thankful for is that we can turn to God when we are anxious. That is just one of many things we can be thankful for.

What are you thankful for amid this anxious year? We want to hear it!

Typically, we celebrate Thanksgiving as a church family through our annual Thanksgiving Fest.  It is a time of thanks and a time of fellowship around sandwiches and pie. But because of COVID, like so many other things, we can’t do what is normal to us.

But we still want to create space for us as a church family to give thanks to what God is doing in our lives. 

Thanksgiving Sunday at WEFC is Sunday, November 29 during the Sunday morning worship service at 10:00 am.

We want to hear from you! 

If you are physically present at the church, there will be opportunity for you to share a word of thanks during the service. So, come prepared to share. 

If you are virtually present, we would invite you to share your word of thanks as well. Here is how you can share your word of thanks.

  1. You can submit your word of thanks through a 20-second video and send it to the church office and we will play it during the service.

  2. You can write us a brief word of thanks and we will share it as well. If you choose to write a brief word of thanks, please send us a picture of you and your family (please format your picture as landscape) that we can post with your testimony of thanks.

To submit your testimony of thanks, send it to .

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.”
Psalm 118:1

Grace & Gratitude

Grace and Gratitude

I THINK OF THE STORY found in Luke 17, the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers. As Jesus entered their town, these ten lepers cried out to Jesus, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”

Responding to their request, Jesus ordered that they go and show themselves to the priest. On their way to the priest, the text tells us that these ten lepers were healed. But, only one returned to give thanks. With great gratitude, this cleansed leper fell at the feet of Jesus and gave thanks.  Somewhat perplexed, Jesus asked, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 

And then Jesus said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”  Literally, he is saying here, your “faith has saved you.”

I think the point of this story is that gratitude is the common expression of the one who has experienced the grace of God. A spirit of thanksgiving floods the heart of the one who has tasted of the forgiveness of sin and the grace of God. How can we not be filled with such gratitude?

One thing to learn from this “one leper” is that the spirit of gratitude is easily recognizable and it distinguished him from the other nine. May this spirit of gratitude so invade your heart this Thanksgiving that others may see the presence of Christ in you.

Here is a prayer to help this spirit of gratitude settle deep within your heart:

“O my God, You are the fairest, greatest, first of all objects.
My heart admires, adores and loves you.
My spirit and body is as full as it can be,
And I pray that I would pour out all that fullness
before you in ceaseless praise.

When I think upon you and pray to you,
Ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up
Ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed
Ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless you for the soul you have created, for the body you have given me,
for preserving its strength and vigor, for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs, for hands, eyes, ears that do your bidding,
for the bounty providing my daily needs, for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste and sweetness, for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others, for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men, for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in the joys of heaven, for my own expectation of seeing you clearly.

I love you above the powers of language to express. 
Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity. Amen.”

May we be listed among the grateful!