jonmossJon Moss – Pastor
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October Sermon Series: The Enemies of Gratitude

We enter the month of October and it’s hard to believe that its truly fall already.  Our farmers are back into the fields as we enter harvest time.  We offer prayers for their strength and safety as many will put in long hours of work.  October is also a time of year where we begin to think about our blessings, and we are thankful, but there can be barriers to our sense of gratitude. 

We will explore the things that keep us from being content and grateful. This sermon series also offers an opportunity to teach gratitude by calling out the things that keep us from being truly grateful. In each topic listed below, we see how a misplaced focus – on how things could be or used to be better, how we’re not getting what we think we deserve, or simply how life’s struggles are keeping us down- prevents us from seeing all the blessings that are right in front of us. The Scripture selections for the month will move back and forth from the Old Testament to the New, the need for “an attitude of gratitude” is made clear in each of our texts.

Here are the topics that we will look at in October:

  • October 1, 2017 Exodus 17:1- 17: The Enemies of Gratitude: Nostalgia – Glorifying the past blinds us to present blessings

  • October 8, 2017 Philippians 4:1- 9: The Enemies of Gratitude: Worry – It’s not about less stress, but more trust.

  • October 15, 2017 Matthew 22:15- 22: The Enemies of Gratitude: Greed – Give to God what is God’s (i.e., everything).

  • October 22, 2017 Matthew 22:1-14: The Enemies of Gratitude: Entitlement – None of us “deserves” the invitation, but we share it anyway.

  • October 29, 2017 Deut. 34:1-1: The Enemies of Gratitude: Disappointment – Don’t let loss keep you from appreciating the good.

I look forward to seeing you as we enter this month’s emphasis.

Faithfully yours,

Pastor Jon