Thanksgiving Message from Your DS [Video]

[fa icon="calendar"] November 23, 2020 / by Wayne Spriggs

 

Thanksgiving Message from your DS

We're entering into a wonderful season of the year, the season of Thanksgiving. And I was reminded as I was preparing for this talk to you today that the scriptures tell us,

"In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thess 5:18)

You see, that's where our Thanksgiving belongs. That's where our Thanksgiving is rooted. It's in Christ Jesus. And it's concerning you. It's concerning your friends. It's concerning people who are not yet followers of Jesus Christ. It's concerning the people in your church. It's concerning the people of our world, where our IWs are seeking to reach them with the good news of Jesus Christ.

And so I want to express my thanks to you as members of the CPD family.

Watch the video above or read the transcription below:

Greetings

Hi there CPD team. It's Wayne Spriggs coming to you again. And you'll notice that I have my mask on. As we've entered into another season in the coronavirus pandemic, we're all being encouraged to wear our mask. And so, in order that you can hear me a little bit more clearly, I'm going to take my mask off, but certainly I'm endeavoring to wear a mask so that I am able to both not be one who is passing along the virus to someone else, and obviously I don't want to receive it myself if at all possible.

We're entering into a wonderful season of the year, the season of Thanksgiving. And I was reminded as I was preparing for this talk to you today that the scriptures tell us,

"In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thess 5:18)

And so I want to begin by expressing my thanks to you as members of the CPD family.

Thank You for Your Perseverance

You have been so faithful during this season, I've admired your perseverance. I don't think any of us could have imagined six, seven, eight months ago that we would be in another resurgence of the virus. And so for many of you, it's meant having to reconsider what worship looks like. Some of you who had been able to worship maybe for the first time indoors, suddenly find yourself in a situation where you're back online again.

And so I'm so grateful for your perseverance, meaning that you've endured through circumstances that you had not anticipated, that you had not expected. Thanks for contacting us here at the district office. We've been here to help you during this season, not only to pray for you, but also to encourage you and to provide counsel and direction.

I want to keep encouraging you. It's so easy to be discouraged when we're so divided. We're divided as a country. We're divided. Should we wear a mask? Should we not wear a mask? And at the end of the day, I'm not sure that only one way will truly heal our divisions. And that's through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. But even in the church, it requires patience. It requires a sense of which we are not trying to force our view onto someone else. And so, pastors and lay leaders and members of our congregations, I just want to encourage you today, keep being in a place of perseverance, keep pressing in to the Lord Jesus Christ even during these crazy COVID days.

Thank You for Your Prayers

I also want to thank you for your prayers. I have been so encouraged to get texts and emails of your prayers, not only for myself, but for our district team and for one another. I have a sense that we are engaged in praying for one another during this time. And as we approach Thanksgiving, perhaps this year will look very different for you as a family. But let's not forget to join one another at the altar and to pray for our fellow churches, our believers in Christ, together in the CPD.

I also want to encourage you to pray for our church planters. We've not stopped planting churches during these days of COVID-19. To my knowledge, we have at least four churches that have been planted, and there are several that are being discussed and being considered during this time. And so I ask you to pray for our church planters. I dream of a day that's not too far off when we're going to be able to regularly share with you details about church planting and be able to give you up-to-date prayer requests. We have some things to do to get there. We're not quite there yet, but we're soon going to be there.

Thank You for Praying for our IWs

I also want to thank you for praying for our IWs. You know, all around the world, we are being impacted and affected by the COVID-19. It's not just here in America. And so you're interceding for them. You're faithfully giving through the great commission fund of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. I commend that. As you think about your giving, don't forget our year-end offering, an opportunity to see what God is doing. And some of you know about giving Tuesday, December the 1st, when you can actually see your gift doubled because of a special gift that's been given to the Christian and Missionary Alliance, a hundred thousand dollars that will be doubled. That is, your gift will be doubled as you contribute during Giving Tuesday on December the 1st.

Thank You for Your Patience

I'm also grateful, as I think about Thanksgiving, for your patience. We had a lot of change in our district. Not only have we had a lot of change in our world, but I think about our district. Our team has gone through significant changes. And it's meant we haven't been able to always serve you as dynamically and maybe as effectively as I dream of. But there's a coming a day. Yeah, there's a coming a day, just like that great and glorious day when Jesus is coming back. There's coming a day when I think we will be better equipped to serve you as our churches and as our CPD family. Will you join me in giving thanks and praying for Shannon and for Karla and for Edgar and for Brenda, and my wife, who's now joined our team, serving us in the area of the LONCC administration.

We are in grateful debt to each of our churches for your partnership and for your patience, for your working with our new processes. Some of the things that we're doing here are not quite the same as they once were. But you've engaged with us, and I want to thank you for that.

Thank You for Your Faithful Giving

And then thank you for your faithfulness and financial contributions. We are able to continue the work that God's called us to as a district because of the financial partnership of you and your churches.

There are new needs that have emerged amongst us. Some of you don't really know who your flock is. You've got people who have not been with you physically since March. You're not sure if they're still with you. Some of you have new people who have joined you. And in the midst of all of that, it's confusing. It can be discouraging. I would go so far as to say it can be somewhat debilitating.

But I want to say to you today, let's press in, as I said, a moment ago, afresh to Jesus. Let's let our confidence be in him. And I want you to know that as you're praying for us, we're praying for you. I wouldn't want to overstate it, but I know for me personally, you're on my heart regularly. Driving in the car, I'm thinking about your names and I'm praying for you. I'm at home, I'm walking, I'm praying, I'm seeking the Lord. Your names are often coming before me. And I have a dream that when things settle down here a little bit more, that I'd like to text you each day, as I'm praying for you, just say, "Hey, I was praying for you today." But please, until I get to that place, know that you are prayed for, and you are being upheld before God's throne of grace.

Continue to Practice Thanksgiving Everyday

And so as I think about Thursday, I think about Thanksgiving. And when you sit down perhaps for a socially distant meal, or maybe you're able to have a few friends or your family present, I ask you to remember the Lord Jesus Christ. You know, we don't give thanks specifically for our circumstances. I'm not sure that this pandemic is authored by God. I'm convinced God's using it, but I'm not sure it's authored by God. I suspect it's more authored by the enemy of our souls.

But what we do not only on the fourth Thursday of the month of November, but we do it every day. We give thanks because of Jesus Christ. We give thanks because it's in him that we live and we move, and we have our being. The apostle Paul, as I started a few moments ago, said, "In everything, give thanks." Not necessarily for all of the circumstances, but most assuredly in everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God. In who? In Christ Jesus.

You see, that's where our Thanksgiving belongs. That's where our Thanksgiving is rooted. It's in Christ Jesus. And it's concerning you. It's concerning your friends. It's concerning people who are not yet followers of Jesus Christ. It's concerning the people in your church. It's concerning the people of our world, where our IWs are seeking to reach them with the good news of Jesus Christ.

So CPD family, Happy Thanksgiving.

God bless you. I appreciate you.

And I'm looking forward to our connections in the days that are ahead.

Wayne Spriggs

 

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