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Thankfulness in Paul–Laborers of Love

This post continues our series of looking at seeing how to be thankful by analyzing Paul’s prayers.  You can read the first two here and here.

In writing in Colossians Paul tells the Christians that he thanks God for their love (1:3, 4).  This love was not a generic love but a love that they had for God’s people.  They loved one another in such a powerful way that Paul had heard of their love.  It is was tangible.  It was evident. It was clearly seen.  They were a loving church.

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Sing His Praises!

Another Great article by our College Contributor Clay Smith, you can read more of his writings here.

As I have grown up, it has become increasingly clear to me that our society is all about convenience. It might be humorous, but I believe this point is exemplified best when you walk into a bathroom. Think about it; in many bathrooms there are automatic toilets, sinks, soap dispensers, paper towel holders, hand dryers, air fresheners, and even trash cans! I am eagerly awaiting the day when they start putting movable sidewalks in our restrooms! Unfortunately on a more serious note, it is my concern that this mindset of convenience is one that the church is adopting. Far too often we are so worried about convenience that we do not show the care and concern God expects from us when it comes to meaningful and acceptable worship. An area of worship I fear is affected most by this mindset is our praise to God through song.

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Thankfulness in Paul–Partnership in the Gospel

This week is a special thanksgiving series looking at the prayers of Paul.  The hope is that if we learn what Paul was thankful for we can better recognize what we should be thankful for.  You can read part one of this post here.

Paul writes to the Philippians in 1:3, 4 that he thanks God for the partnership the Philippians have with Paul.  The word partnership is translated fellowship in other versions.  The idea is a joint participation in a cause.  In this case the joint participation is in the spreading of the gospel.  Paul gave thanks to this church for aiding him in the proclamation of the gospel.

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Thankfulness in Paul–For A Noticeable Faith

Since this week is Thanksgiving week.  We are going to start a series looking at the times that Paul thanks God.  Hopefully these will help us both see what we should be thankful for and how we can live in a way that this apostle of old would be thankful for us.

Romans 1:8 provides us with the first instance of Paul giving thanks (at least in terms of how the appear in our New Testament not in order written).  In these verses we see a common trait that Paul expresses his thanks to God for on several occasions.  This attribute is the visable nature of the faith of the Romans.  Paul states that their faith is known thr0ughout the world.

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Why Creation?

“In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth”…but why? For the past 19 years this has been a question that has haunted me. Why did God decide to create mankind. Was he bored? Did he need to exhibit his authority for some reason? Was he lonely?

It seems to me that if God’s reason for creating mankind were one of the questions asked above, God must not be the all-powerful being that Christians say he is. So why did God create mankind, a race of people that he must have known would be imperfect? One part of an answer to this question is simple, yet profound.

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