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It’s “a week of gratitude” here at This New Life, so we’d like to offer our readers a brief devotional each day as a way to say “thanks.” We especially want to express our appreciation to those who regularly give of their time and treasure to support the work of the Lord, both here and around the world.

Moreover, we who are in pastoral ministry, parachurch work, and/or theological education depend on the generosity of faithful givers like you to make our living (1 Cor 9:14). We seek to do so joyfully, ever remembering with deep affection and appreciation your partnership in the gospel (Phil 1:5). You are indeed precious to us!


 

William Ward once said, “God gave you the gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?” It’s a good question, and I would like to take one second out of this day to say “thank you” to you.

I have to admit, though, the depth of my gratitude far exceeds the brief time it takes for me to express it. Still, it’s right to do so, however inadequate it may be.

Your systematic and sacrificial giving to the Lord’s work means that you understand how valuable Christ’s mission is to the world. Whether it’s to the seminary where I teach or to the church where I pastor—or some other gospel-centered ministry near to your heart—your generosity is making a huge impact.

generosity-hands-black-backgroundRight now there are dozens of marriage and family therapists serving in this county alone—restoring hope and nurturing healthy relationships—all because of the training they received at our seminary.

Hundreds of pastors are feeding their flocks and sharing the good news of Jesus. Scores of Christian workers are leading vibrant ministries, as well as starting new ones.

Dozens of chaplains are providing spiritual and emotional support to military personnel, who have some of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in the world.

Myriad spiritual care providers are helping people discern the will of God and be formed to the image of Christ.

At our church, genuine revitalization is taking place, and believers are looking to the future with hope and optimism again. God is up to something good, and lay leaders are taking more and more ownership of local ministries.

Whether at the seminary or in the church, we seek to promote, in the tradition of St. Anselm, “faith seeking understanding,” not so we can “fathom all mysteries and all knowledge” (1 Cor 13:2), but so we can take on the mind of Christ, who emptied himself and gave himself in service to the world (Phil 2:7).

Because of this approach, good gospel stuff is happening all around us. And donors like you are making it all possible. So, THANK YOU!

It doesn’t take long to say, but it does communicate in part how much your support is appreciated.

Thank you, Lord, for giving your people not only the means to give but also the desire to give so that your work can continue around the world. May their joy be multiplied, knowing that they’re not only supplying the needs of your people, but also causing an overflow of many expressions of thanks to you wherever the gospel is proclaimed. And, Lord, we thank you above all for the surpassing grace that you’ve given us in the indescribable gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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