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5 Things That Can Happen If We Are Not Thankful

Benefits of being thankfulI can’t believe that it is already more than half way through November!  I will resist the urge to rail on for pages and pages about why we should be thankful each and every day and not just one day a year… There is a case for that, there is a time and a place.  However, I think what is even more important is an understanding of what we miss out on if we are not  thankful!

Here are 5 things that can happen if we are not thankful.

1.  We develop a ME-Centric attitude.

Have you ever heard that kid that just sits there and screams MINE!  Yeah, I have too.  Man, that just works my last nerve.  I would love to get down on my hands and knees and explain how the world really doesn’t revolve around them and how not everything is for just them!  We become just like that kid when we are ungrateful and when we lack an attitude of thanksgiving.

2.  We can become nearsighted.

When we put on an attitude of thanksgiving all of a sudden we find a million things that we can be thankful for!  However when we neglect the practice of being thankful, we miss out on so many wonderful things that we should be thankful for.  The only things that we are thankful for become those massive and obvious things. (an inheritance, a new baby, winning the lottery, etc…)  A thankful attitude is like a good pair of glasses, they help put everything into proper perspective.

3.  We block joy.

Joy is not situational.  Happiness is.  Joy is found in the good times and the bad.  Being ungrateful and lacking in thanksgiving block your ability to know and experience joy.  Being thankful fast tracks your ability to be joyful.

4.  We hinder relationships.

We all have been this person, and we all know the person who is given a gift and forgets to say thank you.  Hopefully we don’t do this habitually.  Since my kids are young we still remind them constantly with this question… “What do you say?”  They know that is a cue to fill in the blank with “THANK YOU.”  We obsess over this not because we want to raise ‘proper’ kids, but because we want our kids to be thankful and to know that it is good and right to express their thanks!  After all, it is so much more fun to be around people who are thankful!

5.  We miss opportunities to worship God.

I’ve yet to find the verse that says, “Come before God with the saddest and most frustrated self you’ve got.  Give to God out of the tightly grasped dollars in your pocket.  Enter his courts with complaining on your lips.”  No, the Psalms actually say:

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” (Psalm 95:2)

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name” (Psalm 100:4)

Scripture reminds us that we should give thanks to the Lord because He is good and His love endures forever.  That means we have forever to be thankful for His love!  If His love is never ending, then each and every morning we can wake up and be thankful for that!  There are so many times we miss out on worshiping God simply because we are too grumpy and too thankless.

Why else should we be thankful?  Leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear your thoughts…

~Peter

 

Revive

Last night was one of the first events that I was apart of in my time here with Liquid Church.  We had the first of three prayer and worship nights, which we are calling Revive.  The goal of the evening was simple:

Gather together to worship God, and call on His name in prayer.

Being new here, I had no idea what to expect.  I didn’t know how many people would show up, or how the evening would go.  At 7:30 people were streaming in and the line wasn’t stopping.  We ran out of programs and we were adding chairs to the room till it hit capacity!

The truth of Hebrews 4:14-16 was declared, and realized by many.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:14-16

I am excited to come before my Lord and ask Him in confidence for the things on my heart.  What about you?

~Peter

Let’s Play a Game

Let’s play a game.  Here’s the game.  You tell me if this is a verse from the Bible or a quote from a newspaper.

The next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offeings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

Hopefully that was not hard to figure out.  I think if you wanted to, you could easily fit that into the sports section of a newspaper somewhere.  It could make total sense.  It sounds just like a giant tailgating party.  Honestly, listen to the wording here: Burnt offerings… That’s what men are cooking over some greasy grill they strapped to the back of their truck.  Peace offerings are the contents of your cooler that are given to those parked next to you who have the opposing teams jersey on.  Sitting down to eat and drink, well, I don’t need to explain that one.  Rising up to play happens in every major football stadium parking lot almost every week of the season.

Simple game huh?  Did you guess right?  Well, let’s go one step further… where is that quote from?

Here’s the problem.  The game that was on last night, and the game that we just played are not the only games being played.  I wonder if you and I play games more than we think we do.  I wanted to write a big ‘schpeel’ about ‘who received more worship yesterday’ but I was afraid that in asking that question I would not fairly address the issue.  I wanted to write some catchy lines about “tonight being a good good night”, and about Christina’s remix of the national anthem.  See, for me I don’t care who wins or looses that game.  In fact I don’t care enough about sports to get upset over the winner or loser of any game.  Before you go calling me a nerd for not liking sports hear me out: I LIKE SPORTS, I LIKE PLAYING SPORTS.  However, I’m not a phanatic.   I know a lot of people that love sports.  They’re good people!  So, to keep from being hypocritical and to put myself on the scales as well, it can’t be a question about who recieved more worship yesterday.  The question should be who or what received more worship today.  What about two days ago?  What about a week ago?  What does your worship forecast for tomorrow look like?

Let’s get back to the game.  Each one of us can easily become players in this game.  The game is called, choose your own God and worship it.  The super bowl is only the thing that caught my attention and made me think about it.  But, it is not limited to football.  Football may be your game.  Yet, for others your game is creating a fiscal empire where you reign.  Some people’s game is to please people no matter what the cost is.  Others game is to win the love of that man or woman.  Some of you your game requires premium gas and has five speeds.

I don’t know what your version of the game is.  I do know that the rules are universal for this game.

Rule #1: “You shall have no other God’s before Me.” ~Exodus 20:3

Rule #2: “You shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”  ~Exodus 34:14

For some help on what this may look like check out Romans 11:33-36 through 12:2.

Whew.  I’ll tell you what, I was getting ready to roast some sports fanatics on here(in love of course) and I’ve ended up roasting myself.

How about you?  Have you set any one or thing before God?  How do you keep yourself from breaking the rules?

~A Game Player

Professor Night Lectures Again

[Written two days ago on my way from Philadelphia to Dallas on board a very small plane. At least I had a window view!]

“God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening.”. Psalm 19:1-2 (the message)

As I quietly pluck the keys on my keyboard, I am flying at 36,000 feet somewhere over Wisconsin, staring at a brilliant full moon, reflected on the great lake below. The night is crisp and cool. Actually, the night is freezing and bone-chilling. The sky is dark, except for the “lesser light” (Gen. 1:16). The light that was given to us in order to rule the night. The lesser light shines in its glory tonight. The lesser light hangs perfectly in the sky because God you set it there.

This is majestic. This is glorious. This is amazing! God is Majestic. God is glorious. God is amazing!

As I look at this scene laid out in front of me I am amazed at how small I am. To think that the God who created the moon, the stars, and the galaxies cares enough to know me. Even more amazing is that this same God who only spoke this lesser light into existence loves me. He loves me so much so that even when I was running and striving for things in opposition to Him, He forgave me. In fact my creator God loves me so much that He sent Jesus to hang on a cross so I wouldn’t have to. This leaves me speechless.

When was the last time that you were left speechless by God? Go ahead, share… It will be like a little online worship service.

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4

~Peter

News Flash!

Guess what, I’m not famous.  Chances are if you are reading this, you’re not famous either.  I wonder if we are honest with one another if we would say, ‘yes, I’d like to be famous though.’  I’ll bet you if we wanted to we could rattle off long list of famous people.  Why?  It is simply because we have a love affair with famous people and the lives that they live!  Do you know what is going on with Lindsey Lohan right now?  Have you heard about what the latest outfit Lady Gaga is wearing?  Do you know how many children Brad and Angelina have adopted or what is Snooki up to these days?

I’d be willing to wager a bet that you know a good bit of what is going on in celebrity culture.  It’s all around us.  It’s in the grocery stores at every check out, it’s in the convenience store, it’s accessible all over the web, and the online social networking giants Twitter and Facebook have made these celebrities feel like friends.  Twitter is equivelant to the glass in the zoo.  Instead of having a huge ditch the animal can’t jump across between me and it, now there is glass.  My face and it’s face can be pressed up against 2 inch thick glass, with each of us steaming it with our breath.  We are practically face to face with them.  We know where they are going, what they are doing, what they are drinking/eating, and what they are wearing.

Mark Driscoll was preaching on this in a sermon several months back called the truth and the lie in worship.  He talks about how we twist worship, and end up sinning by our blatant practice of celebrity worship.  I stumbled upon an interesting article today over at relevantmagazine.com.  It was called, The Insidious Cult of Celebrity.  It’s a great article, you should read it in full over here.  Here are two quotes for you.

The root of the issue, Craig Detweiler (author of Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century) believes, stems from our need to immortalize ourselves and our accomplishments. “I think the fault is that fame and celebrity enter the highest virtue in culture. It’s the closest thing to getting to heaven or eternal life,” he says. “In other words, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley are all eternal in pop culture, and so becoming a celebrity is the closest thing to eternal life outside the Church. I see a hunger for celebrity as a hunger for eternity.”

WOW!  I love that last part, “I see a hunger for celebrity as a hunger for eternity.”  MAN that is convicting!  Every single one of us was made as eternal beings.  Yet there are so many people who don’t understand what we were meant for!  I can promise you that increasing your twitter following, or the number of facebook friends you have is not that intended purpose.  The article goes on.

According to Hostetler, there are three things that have caused Americans to become so enamored with celebrityism: the longing for community, significance and glory. “We feel connected to celebrities even though they don’t know us. It’s almost that they become our friends, just like Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Monica, Chandler and Joey became our friends even though we have no idea who these people are and what they’re really like,” he says. “It underscores the lack of community many of us feel. Obviously, all three [longings] are God’s will for us, but it’s not His will to find it in celebrity worship.”

God’s intentions were for you to be developing and growing in community, knowing and understanding your significance, and experiencing His glory.  People are looking for eternal fulfillment in all the wrong places.

What about you?  Do you hunger for eternity?

~Peter

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