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 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good: His love endures forever” Psalm 118:1

 This Psalm is a jubilant testimony of our God’s faithfulness; the psalmist gives thanks for the Lord’s goodness and His encouragement to others and us. We too must learn to trust Him completely. For His Love is forever faithful. As we seek answers in life’s struggles, we are assured that He is always there for each of us. Even in those times of challenges when sickness, loss of jobs, relationships, fears and doubts seem paramount.

As we enter into this Thanksgiving celebration with families, friends and special love ones let us always remember; during difficult times, people in community support one another and find reasons to give thanks. How will you in your community come together in the midst of your personal struggles and reach out to others? How will you lift others up who are facing uncertainties and fears? Remember, Paul exhorted the Philippians to follow examples of those who worked together for the common good and to rejoice together. Sometimes, difficult times bring out the good side of humankind. The powerful Gospel message can and will change the hearts of those who are willing to surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” Philippians 4:8-9 KJV.

 The word peace is the very peace of God. Paul did not say peace from God, but peace of God. This peace ascends from a sense of pardon and the favor of our God. In contrast, the peace of man is limited and conditional, but God’s peace is unlimited and it covers our lives from the day we receive pardon from Him. Therefore, as you process through this holiday season and reflect on the promises of God; rest in the fact that He is our Refuge as we communion with Him in the midst of our struggles.

 Allow Paul’s words to flow thru your mind, heart and soul as you each give praises of ‘THANKSGIVING’ for how far He has brought you. Stand firm my sisters and brothers in the Lord, for the “Best is yet to Come”!

 Holiday Greetings to each of you!!!!

Pastor Rose Whitfield


1515 S. Candy Lane, Macomb, Illinois 61455  °  Phone: 309-833-2479  °
First Baptist Church  °   Macomb, IL