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Originally posted on George Lockhart:
With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, I thought I’d share a few reasons why I might be ungrateful sometimes. I hope you don’t find yourself in any of these mindsets either.
This should not be a surprise to anyone with pride being the root of all sin. Pride can rear it’s ugly head with a mindset that I somehow deserve what’s been done for me. By not giving thanks for a kindness shown, I reveal that in my heart of hearts, I somehow feel it beneath me to show gratitude.
Look at what Paul says to the people at Corinth:
For who regards you as superior or what sets you apart as special? What do you have thatyoudidnotreceive [from another]? And if in fact youreceived it [from God or someone else], why do you boast as if you had notreceived it [but…
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The Movement: 30-Hour Famine
The church founded under Vision 2 Hear which meets in Hixson, TN hosted their annual 30-Hour Famine this weekend. With close to 60 people participating in the fast and service event for the weekend, students and adults alike not only grew in their faith but shared love among the community.
The Movement began the fast on Friday and ended Saturday evening with a shared meal. Throughout the event, the group did various things ranging from playing games or sharing in experiential exercises where members had various limitations in order to better understand how others live. They also did yard work for people in the community along with preparing meals and serving them for the homeless.
We are very excited about how God is using this church to be the Church in the community in and around Chattanooga, TN. God has really been growing The Movement over the last 2 years and we can’t wait to see what is next. Here are a few pics from their weekend. As more information comes in, we’ll update you with how much they were able to raise to help the poor around the world. Thanks to Terry and all those who shared in this wonderful event! A special shoutout to Mary Ann Blevins for all her pics below.
The Movement In Tennessee
For several years now, Vision 2 Hear has been reaching out as a church through The Movement in Hixson, TN. Terry Davis serves as the pastor of this church plant that meets in a small store-front building. Over the years Terry has faithfully poured himself into the church and more importantly its people. Terry still has a full-time job outside the church working with On Point, a local non-profit reaching into schools to impact students, yet he finds time to minister twice a week at The Movement. Continue to pray for them as they grow (now running close to 60 people on certain Sunday evenings) and begin looking for a new place to meet/gather as the space they are in now is not sufficient.
Also keep their upcoming events in your prayers:
Thanksgiving Outreach For The Homeless
Christmas Concert WAVE Team
More El Salvador
You may have forgotten that we support a college student in El Salvador: Jose Aguilar…But I call him Daniel. I wanted to give you a quick update on how he is doing and what’s going on with him.
Over the last couple of years, we have been able to invest in Daniel, helping pay for his school fees because of generous donors. He has taken his classes and done very well. He’s gotten a great job and continued to grow in his faith and maturity. Here’s the big payoff: he’s investing in others!
Daniel has taken time faithfully over the last year and begun meeting with children in a poverty stricken area, teaching them english, along with the Bible and simply loving them to Jesus. He’s doing a fantastic job for the Lord and I simply wanted to commend him to you and to say thanks for your investment. He’s still got more school next year and we intend to help him once again. If you’d like to be part of this work and effort, simply make a donation at vision2hear.com and in a note let me know it’s for Daniel and the work he’s doing.
Thanks be to God who allows us to be part of His Kingdom work!
…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Do you find yourself being thankful this season? Have you taken time to truly THINK about Thanksgiving? To be truly thankful, we must be thoughtful. In life, busyness and distractions can easily prevent us from being thankful. Complaining and comparisons can also play a huge role for attitudes of ingratitude. But when we take the time to actually stop and consider all that we have (not that we could fully consider all we have because our minds can’t really comprehend it all), how blessed we are, regardless of our current situation, thankfulness has a chance to change our hearts.
Why not make some concerted effort to GIVE thanks over the next couple of days? Stop complaining and comparing for a few moments and consider what you have instead of what you don’t have. Giving thanks only matters inasmuch as you understand what you have been given. It’s impossible to be a growing Christian if you are not a grateful Christian.