Thank the Lord!
We want to thank the Lord for another amazing year at the Beckley Heights church of Christ. Our gracious God has certainly been gracious to us. Life, liberty, and a reasonably amount of good health has been afforded to us all. We may not have all we want but we can all agree that we have what we need (Ps. 37:25; Phil. 4:19; 2 Cor. 9:8). God provides us a home in his great world. He gives us life and the ability to work and have food to eat, clothes to wear, transportation, and roofs over our heads (Matt. 6:25-34; Eph. 4:28; 1
Thess. 4:11). He has even given us our families (Ps. 127:3; Pr. 18:22; 19:14; Matt. 19:6). What we have is not the result of our ability or wisdom but is because of the Lord’s abundant loving kindness. He loves us, and as a result, enables us to have. This is the loving God we serve and we thank him.
Our compassionate Lord not only gives to us physically but spiritually as well. Man was lost in transgression without the capacity of saving his own soul (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; Rev. 20:14). The Lord knew we needed a Savior and so he provided one. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21; cf. Luke 19:10; 2 Tim. 2:10). Our Lord became the propitiation for the penitent believer so their transgressions could be punished and pardoned in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 John 4:10). Not only did God provide salvation from sins through Christ but also a wonderful life in him (John 10:10; Acts 14:17; Rom. 14:17; 1
Pet. 3:10-11). He has given us wonderful faithful brethren all around the world, none better than the ones we have here at the Beckley Heights church of Christ. We are truly blessed with seven excellent bible elders who have godly wives that compliment them and support their service (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9). We are blessed with nine dedicated deacons who have spiritual wives who support them and their service (1 Tim. 3:8-13). We are also blessed with a host of capable spiritual teachers and committed servants who make this congregation a shining light in this community (2 Tim. 2:2;
Heb. 6:10; Jas. 1:27). We thank God for our spiritual family (Matt. 12:50; 1 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 3:6), and for the direction of his holy word (Ps. 119:105; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). So, always remember to give the Lord thanks (Eph. 5:20; 1 Thess. 5:18; Heb. 13:15). Something we cannot do enough of.