NOVEMBER LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS
Every year on the last Thursday of November, a holiday is celebrated in the United States called Thanksgiving. Traditionally, families gather together to feast and give thanks for the blessings God has given.
God's Word calls us to give thanks for many reasons. In 1 Chronicles 16:34 we read:
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
In Psalm 107:8-9, we also read the same idea:
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Cultivating a spirit of gratitude, even in the midst of hardship, helps us to align our affections and view life from a Godly perspective. A grateful heart helps us to avoid focusing on the things we do not have. It moves us to be thankful, appreciating what God has done for us.
In this season, Bishop Julian Dobbs has asked rising clergy and lay voices in the Anglican Diocese of the Living Word (a member of ACNA) to come together and reflect on what it means to “Bless the Lord”--to be thankful. Bishop Julian is the Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of the Living Word and has oversight of the clergy and congregations in the diocese. He and his wife Brenda, have made their home in Northern Virginia since 2006. Ordained in 1991, he planted three congregations and served as the rector of the fastest growing Anglican church in New Zealand. He was elected and consecrated as bishop by the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) in 2011, and is a member of the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).
Bishop Julian is passionate about the saving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is committed to empowering congregations, supporting clergy, transforming injustice, inspiring local and global mission, and church planting churches.
The Anglican Diocese of the Living Word is a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and a member diocese of GAFCON. It stretches from Maine to Miami and from California to Long Island. Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia -- just outside Washington, DC – it is home to 39 congregations and over 90 parochial and non-parochial clergy.
Join us this month as we lift up our hearts in gratitude and thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever!
Grace and Peace,
GAFCON Communications Director
OCTOBER Lift Up Your Hearts
What sort of God sticks with unfaithful people? If we are unfaithful, is there any hope for us? Throughout October, Revd Simon Manchester is our 'Lift Up Your Hearts' devotion contributor and he is working through the book of Deuteronomy to look at questions like these and more.
Simon has been an Anglican minister for 40 years. He served a curacy in London and was Rector of St. Thomas North Sydney for 30 years (1989-2019) where for the last 16 years his sermons have been heard on Sydney radio. He is married to Kathy, has three children in their 30's and one grandchild. His great passion is to see the treasures in the biblical text and to preach for the visiting plumber and the regular professor with the message of Jesus Christ in His ever-fresh Word. Click here to see an Everyday Global Anglican interview with Simon where he shares about his focus in writing the devotions.
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Archbishop Ben Kwashi
Gafcon General Secretary