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pastor500November 2014

Dear Friends,

I can’t believe we are in the midst of fall so quickly this year. The time change, back to standard time, happened Sunday, (back to early dark evenings).

November is always the month when we think of being thankful and Thanksgiving, a unique American Holiday. I remember when Jannette and I were in Hungary teaching a church Bible Institute for two weeks in late November, 2007. On Thanksgiving day, we had classes, and the folks in Miskolc, Hungary wanted to know all about the “American Thanksgiving”, for there was nothing like it in their country.

King David had a celebration when the ark of God was brought to Jerusalem in 1Chronicles 16. The scripture says in verse 7, “…David delivered first this psalm to thank the Lord…Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.” Note: This psalm (verses 7-36) consists, with slight variations, of Psalms 105:1-15; 96; 106:1, 47-48.

To whom do you give thanks? 1Chron. 16:8 states that we are to “give thanks unto the Lord.” Have you spent some time lately, stopping and giving God thanks for all He has done for you and is currently doing for you?
Consider Psalm 106:1, “Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” The first “Lord” here is Jah, a name which has a special connotation. It underlines for us the fact God never forgets His compassion. It speaks of Jehovah as the One who has become our salvation. The first occurrence of the word is in Exodus 15:2, where God is seen as the One who has just saved Israel from the Egyptian army at the Red Sea. The second “Lord” is Jehovah, a name which underlines commitment. It speaks of God in a covenant relation with those He has created and called. The psalmist, then, would have us think of the Lord’s person. He is the Person who never forgets His people.

First, we remember the Lord’s Person (106:1a), then we Remember the Lord’s Pity (106:1b). The word for “mercy” here means “lovingkindness” or “grace.” Our God remembers that we are dust. Israel’s sins could not exhaust the lovingkindness of God. Neither can ours. Though we forget the Lord, He does not forget us; though we turn to our own ways and leave Him out in the cold, His loving kindness pursues us. He is the love which “will not let me go,” the love that many waters cannot quench, the love that conquers death, [remarks on Ps. 106 are from Exploring The Psalms volume three: Psalms 73-106 by John Phillips].

Will you make it a matter of importance to start giving thanks to God? This means that we thank God for hearing and answering our prayers and needs. We are to give thanks in all things (see 1 Thess. 5:18). How can we thank God for terrible trials such as accidents and death and sin? We cannot; this is not what Scripture means. What God means is to thank Him for His presence and power as we walk through such trials. In Christ there is victory and triumph over all, no matter how terrible. Therefore, IN everything (not FOR everything) –as we walk through all—thank God for the victory He has given us through Christ. (1 Cor. 15:57; 2 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:37)

Let me close with a couple of epigrams:

• A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.
• Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart—Seneca
• Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving.

May this month, when we nationally celebrate thanksgiving, truly be one in which you offer your praise, worship and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus Christ for His so great salvation (Heb. 2:3a). And also for your brothers and sisters in Christ (Phil. 1:3).

Thankful to be your pastor,




Frederick W. Carroll

Rom. 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world—folks, may the wonderful truth of this verse be true of us.

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