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A Thankful Heart

hands holding leafOne of the greatest things any of us can have is a thankful heart. An attitude of gratitude is a precious thing. In our current culture and world, thankfulness has become a beacon in a dark night. One of the signs of the last days as set forth in the Scriptures is that of mankind being simply unthankful.

2 Tim 3:1-2
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…


“In our current culture and world,

thankfulness has become a beacon

in a dark night.”


It is probably not by accident that Scripture lists “unthankful” right before “unholy”. Could it be that being thankful is part of being holy? No doubt a holy heart is a thankful heart.

Our youngest daughter, Madelyn Grace, found a heart-shaped leaf last fall. She was so surprised to find that it looked like a heart! Of course, I had to snap a picture of her little hands holding her heart-leaf discovery. This was  a picture perfect teaching moment about hearts and thankfulness (all you parents know what I mean!).

This week, Cynthia and I pray that a spirit of thankfulness will rest fresh upon you all. We are thankful for our four children. We are thankful for our family. We thank God for the church we are privileged to shepherd and lead. TRC family, we are thankful for you all!


Phil 1:3-7

3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart;


We are thankful for God’s Word. We are thankful for His precious people here, there and yonder. We are thankful for apostolic truth. We are thankful for all our precious friends. We are thankful for those who have come before us. We are thankful for all those whose fingerprints are upon our hearts and lives. We are thankful for ____________ (insert a million good and God-things here).

We are thankful for our wonderful United States of America. America! No, she’s not perfect, but she’s still beautiful. Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!


lcgore, hope dealer