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On this day that we traditionally give thanks, let us remember the creator of the universe and give thanks to Him who upholds all things by the word of His power (Heb 1:3).

Desperate Christian people pray. In light of our pursuit of another pastor for preaching, I thought I’d share some very practical prayer suggestions from a book that I’ve been reading lately called When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search:

Is it possible to be too Gospel-centered? To make too much of Christ crucified? Paul’s concern for the Corinthians certainly seems to say you can’t. His desire was to know nothing else among them, and for them to fixate on Christ crucified.

One of my favorite times of the year is at hand: Thanksgiving. It is a time to turn our hearts to God for all of the blessings He has given us. In fact, every good gift and every perfect gift is from Him (James 1.17). God has blessed us in that every physical need has been met (Matthew 7.9-11). More importantly, we have been blessed with everything that we need spiritually.

Purpose statements are extremely helpful for businesses, teams, ministries, etc. They not only help us know why the organization exists, but they help that organization stay on task. All great businesses have a clear purpose statement. People have purpose statements, too. What’s yours? If I asked you, “What’s the purpose of your existence?” What would be your answer? Or, perhaps more telling, if I asked your three closest friends, “What the purpose of _______’s (your name) existence?” What would they tell me?