Thankfulness List (part 2)

In my sermon Sunday, I challenged the congregation to list 20 things they are thankful for.  Here is 11-20.

11.  The Church – which through its imperfections is the Kingdom of God on earth.

12.  Everyone who has supported, prayed for and guided me.

13. Past experiences –  which have made me the person I am today.

14. My voice – which enables me to speak.

15. Family – which is more than blood relation.

16. Those who think differently than myself – because their insight expands my mind.

17. Creation – Hopefully we don’t destroy it.

18. A Budget – It greatly reduces my anxiety about money.

19. The Goodness and Grace of God – see Psalm 118

20. Life – I’m so thankful I’m still alive.

What are you Thankful for?

Thankfulness List (part 1)

In my sermon this past Sunday, I challenged the congregation to list 20 things they are thankful for; here are 10 things I’m thankful for with the other 10 coming later this week.

I’m thankful for:

1. God – who have me a hope and a future.

2. Jesus Christ – who saved me when I was lost.

3. The Holy Spirit – who advocates on my behalf.

4. My wife Elizabeth – who inspires me and is the love of my life.

5. For my son Elijah – who gives me overflowing joy.

6. For Rev. Nancy Hull and Charles Frye – who heard God’s call and gave me opportunities to succeed in life.

7. For Toastmasters International – which taught me the skills I needed to articulate clearly.

8. For Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University – which taught me a Biblical understanding of money.

9.  The Bible – which tells the Story.

10. For Bluffton University – which taught me the way of non-violence and shaped the person I would become.


Stay tuned this week for next ten things I’m thankful for.




Undignified Praise

Are you undignified in your praise of God?

I’ve been thinking about what it means to praise God.  Often we are restrictive in our praise.  We are hesitant, worrying what others may think if they see us lifting up our hands or letting loose in our worship of God.  We want to be dignified in our praise and worship. 

Our worship indicates the following sentiments;

“We can’t put our hands up in church, it causes too much excitement.”

“Church should be quiet and meditative, the Bible says so.”

“Let’s just keep one hand in our pocket, the other holding the hymnal and sing each verse in the same monotone voice.  Keep it simple and no one will get hurt.”

In other words, we are saying, “let’s be dignified, civilized people in church.”  

Worship has nothing to do with being dignified, it has to do with praising our creator and savior with heart, soul and strength.  Caution: worshiping God with heart, soul and strength may cause you to be undignified in church.

An Undignified King

In 2 Samuel 6 we read how David, the greatest king of Israel undignified himself in praise of God.  David is leading the procession as the ark of the covenant is finally coming to Jerusalem.  David, without hesitation or concern what others might think danced up and down the streets of Jerusalem exposing parts of his body unbecoming royalty.  In short, King David exposed himself before the people.  His wife Michal put it best; “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”  (v. 20).

David, not ashamed of given praise to God; replied to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this (v. 21-22a).  

David justified his praise before the Lord.  He was not concerned with appearance or what others might think.  He was not concerned with dignity.  His worship was not quiet or meditative, much to the chagrin of his wife.  David was not afraid to get loud and boisterous in church.  King David praised God with his heart, soul and strength, with undignified praise.

Will you give God undignified praise?