To celebrate our church’s 40th Anniversary (University Baptist Church), our Senior Pastor developed a 40-week sermon series based on the Ten Commandments—covering each commandment for 4 weeks. The Tenth Commandment says, “Thou shalt not covet.” Or as Eugene Peterson puts it in The Message, “No lusting after your neighbor’s house—or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s” (Exodus 20:17). Our Pastor noted that covetousness is checked by contentment and thankfulness. In fact, the way out of covetousness is to learn contentment…which brings us to Thanksgiving 2014.
I am reminded of the old hymn, “Count Your Blessings”, which was written by Johnson Oatman in 1897—based on 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” The refrain of the song says: Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
So, that’s what I’ve done in the following page…tallied my blessings from 2014. And like Alexander’s big brother says in the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, I am #Blessed!
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