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Christians: A Thankful People

Throughout Scripture, we find that the people of God are always a thankful people. Even amidst tragedy, chaos, and uncertainty, the people of God praise and thank God. As Christians, then, we too are called to be a thankful people. But, how can we be thankful for God when we have seemingly nothing to be thankful for? Pastor J.J. encourages us, reading Psalm 146, to be thankful for God for two main reasons: 1) because amidst Chaos, God remains the same, and 2) the character of God is ideal; God's character is deserving of thanks and praise. Because of these two reasons, Christians should be people who partake in the character of God: we give thanks to God by caring about what God cares about.

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To Whom Do You Call?

When we find ourselves in times of trouble, to whom do we call--to whom do we cry out to? Pastor Doug urges us to consider the Psalmist' response to times of trouble, found in Psalm 120: cry out to God. What do you do when you are in trouble? Do you pray? Do you complain? Do you phone a friend? To whom do you "send out an S.O.S."? Pastor Doug explains that often times we, as followers of God, are part of a trapeze act, and many of us are left swinging on one side, hesitant and scared to let go and let God catch us on the other side. Will we proclaim "too long!" and let go of our troubles and cling to God?

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Lures and Hooks

"It is tough to resist temptation because there is no denying the pleasures of sin. But that pleasure is only for a season in the sowing, but that same pleasure leads us to reap pain and sorrow later." Pastor Doug encourages us to recognize the lures in our lives that tempt us with false promises of fulfillment, but only work to hide the hook underneath which is sin. The grace of God teaches us to say "no" to our temptation which, as the book of James tells us, is inevitable. While we struggle deeply with temptation, we need not be those who submit to sin. Pastor Doug encourages us to self-control and power over that which tempts us.

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Optimistic Grace (Chainless Christians)

Pastor J.J. encourages Christians to be hopeful and optimistic about their future in regard to temptation and sin. To be a chain-less Christian means living in freedom and grace, and to not let temptation or sin rule over us. Instead of saying: "I'm going to be tempted and I'm going to sin" try saying: "I'm going to be tempted and, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God, I will overcome that temptation!"

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Seasons: Fall

The second part in Pastor Doug's 4 part "seasons" series. This week, Pastor Doug focuses on fall, and specifically seasons of harvest in the lives of Christians. "We reap what we sow," says Pastor Doug, encouraging us to sow good things in order that our seasons of harvest can be a blessing to ourselves and to others. When we sow poorly, we should not be shocked when we reap the negative side effects of those poor decisions. One of the best things we can do as Christians is to sow Jesus into our lives--through Church, prayer, scripture reading, and other spiritual disciplines.

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