Happy Thanksgiving, Northgate!

Happy Thanksgiving, Northgate! I have so much for which I’m thankful this year. I’m so grateful for...

  • the blood of Jesus Christ. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John1:17). Thank you, Jesus.
  • the people I love the most: my wife (Sarah—so faithful), my kids (Isaac, Emma Grace, and Elijah—so joyful), and my family (my parents, in-laws, and siblings—so encouraging). This is Eli’s first Thanksgiving with us “outer uterine.” He is a little turkey! Gobble, gobble! “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Happy is the man whose quiver is full of them” (Psalm 127:4-5).
  • the faithful people of Northgate Church. It is a joy to serve alongside you. There are more of you than ever before. In fact, we just celebrated our largest Sunday in 2011 this past week (excluding Easter, of course, which is another killer holiday). “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1).
  • Northgate’s gifted and loyal staff and leaders. To quote Ross Perot, you make going to work a real “hootenanny.” It feels good to have the right people in the right seats on the bus. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
  • the nearly 60 people who have found new life in Christ through our Church in the past 15 ½ months. You’re the reason we started Northgate and we’re humbled that you've joined us. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here” (1 Corinthians 5:17).
  • provision. Need I say more? God has provided for my family’s needs and our church’s life this year in impossible ways through the people of Northgate. Thank you for your generosity. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew6:34).
  • the God of the impossible. Have you noticed that nothing is too hard for God? Nothing! “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). Thank you, sweet Jesus, for taking me on a deeper walk with you—kicking and screaming the whole way! I can’t wait to see your next surprise unfold!

So, I’m thankful. If you’re reading this, I want you to know, I’m so thankful for you. Thanks for partnering with me in the Gospel! Sarah and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! To God be the glory, great things he has done!