7 Reflections on Giving Thanks to God

Give Thanks

“. . .  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessolanians 5:16

The Bible clearly calls us to give thanks no matter our circumstance. However, it can be easy to forget to give thanks during hard times, and even good times. Often we blame God for our issues instead of thanking him for all of our blessings.

Reflect on giving thanks, no matter what your circumstances are, with the help of these insightful quotes:

“Only God is worthy to be praised. In all we do and all we are, our lives should pay tribute to God. Nothing else is good enough. Offer to God thanksgiving and praise, for He alone is deserving.”—Barbour Publishing, A Collection of Thanksgiving Blessings: Inspiration and Encouragement for a Season of Gratitude

“Jesus Christ went without comfort so that you might have it. He postponed joy so that you might share in it. He willingly chose isolation so that you might never be alone in your hurt and sorrow. He had no real fellowship so that fellowship might be yours, this moment. This alone is enough cause for great gratitude!”—Joni Eareckson Tada, A Thankful Heart in a World of Hurt

“The power of gratitude is the ability to see the good. More specifically, a grateful person is free to see the good. When we give thanks, our eyes are opened and our hearts can understand. Simply having eyes doesn’t guarantee sight. Eyes must be opened in order to see.”—Joshua Choomnim Kang, Spirituality of Gratitude: The Unexpected Blessings of Thankfulness

“Gratitude isn’t a drug to escape or ignore the reality of desperate circumstances. Instead, it gives us the courage to confront our problems, offering hope where hope cannot be found.”—Joshua Choomnim Kang, Spirituality of Gratitude: The Unexpected Blessings of Thankfulness

Even in our darkest hour, there is always something for which we can say thanks. It should always be in our hearts to bless God as He has blessed us”—Helen Steiner Rice,  Little Daily Graces: A Celebration of Thankfulness

We can be grateful that when the world is spinning, the heavenly Father is our anchor, our rock. What He says today holds true for tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. He will always love us.—Rebecca Currington, Everyday Thanks: Spiritual Refreshment for Women

“But nothing can affect how we live our lives more than forgetting the benefits of the Lord! When we forget what God has done for us in the past, we lose hope for the future and become discouraged. However, when we remind ourselves of how God has saved our souls, answered our prayers, and met our needs, our faith is renewed and our hearts overflow with thanksgiving!”—Karla Dornacher, Give Thanks

Now as you gather round the table with your friends and family this Thanksgiving holiday, you can spend time giving thanks by reflecting on all the ways God and his love have blessed you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Improve Your Marriage with Matt and Lauren Chandler!

Mingling of Souls

On February 19–20, Matt and Lauren Chandler are hosting the Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference in Jacksonville, Florida to talk about God’s good design for love, marriage, sex, and redemption.

The Chandlers are dedicated to making their conference available to everyone, not just those who can afford to travel and attend the event in person, so they are extending the invite to couples, small groups, and churches with the option to virtually attend the conference.

Stream the live conferenceget your ticket to attend virtually, now

After you get your ticket, follow Matt and Lauren’s Mingling of Souls Faithlife Group. Here you’ll be able to stream the live conference, get free access to The Mingling of Souls ebook from January 15 through February 15, join a reading plan where you can interact with Matt and Lauren, and you’ll even be entered to win an iPad Air 2.

Join thousands of others from the comfort of your home or church to watch this event. There are a variety of ticket types available with prices based on the size of your church or group, making it affordable for all!

Here are the three ways to attend:

  • As a couple: up to two people can attend, watch the conference with your significant other or spouse from the comfort of your living room for just $19.99
  • As a small group: share the experience and host your friends to strengthen your marriage together, 1 house is only $69.99
  • As a church: transform your church campus into a host site. For just $2.00 per person (or less, depending on the church size) you can invite every couple in your church and watch the conference on your own schedule. Depending on church size your ticket price will range from $199.99$399.99..

Don’t wait—get your ticket today!

After you get your ticket, simply log in and go to the Faithlife Group on February 19 to stream the live event!*

*Your ticket is connected to the Faithlife account it was purchased through. Login to the specified Faithlife account to stream the event from the Faithlife Group.

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Picturing Scripture | A Collaborative Verse Art Project

Picturing Scripture

19 different artists and 31 different writers contributed their talent to Picturing Scripture, Faithlife’s new coffee table book available for pre-order through Kickstarter!

Each designer worked hard to capture the essence of each verse in its historical and cultural context.

Then, after each design was complete, a writer reflected on each piece of art and the verse that inspired it.

The result is 100 pairs of art and devotional content that illuminate the words of Scripture.

Here’s an example of a reflection based on John 17:4 from author, Joey Cochran:

John 17:4

Reflecting on this all-encompassing, gospel-rich text, I was struck by Christ’s heaven-to-earth accomplished work. Humble he came to man as man, hanging out with stinky fishermen and dirty farmers. (Click to Tweet!) He fished and farmed like anyone else while on this heaven-sent-to-earth mission.

He knew water’s danger, the sure footing of land, and the soil’s richness. The woodwork he crafted, he did knowing timber would undo him. He taught fishermen to catch more than they could imagine—men unleashed for the great catch of souls. He told those farmers he would become broken bread for them to feed on, the grain of seed to die so the new seed might spring forth and a white harvest reaped.

In glorifying the Father, Christ reflects him to us. He exhibits humility and power: humility to do the stinky and dirty work and power that calms storms, nets massive catches of fish, and multiplies bread and fish. Am I learning to do earth-to-heaven work like Jesus’ heaven-to-earth work? Am I learning to glorify the Father and accomplish something eternal? 

Notable authors and artists that contributed to bringing the scripture to life through their designs and reflections include:


Jim LePage—freelance artist and designer. He founded Biblestock.co who sells digital Bible art, and he co-created Old & New, a collaborative Bible design project. He is the #1 search result on Google for “Bible reading idiot.”

Corbin Watkins—is a designer and illustrator with a love for mid-century modern design and children’s books. He runs his own letterpress shop in Bellingham, Washington, where he lives with his wife Alli, their son, Ulysses, and their dog, Eleanor Roosevelt.

Jon Deviny—is an illustrator and designer hailing from Spokane, Washington. By day he does art direction for video games, but he spends his nights in the studio screen-printing and creating art. He finds constant encouragement and inspiration with his wife and son.


Joey Cochran—Holds a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the pastoral assistant at Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois. He is the weekly resource reviewer for Lifeway’s blog for pastors.

Gwen Smith—Speaker, worship leader, co-founder of the Girlfriends in God blog on Crosswalk.com, and author of Broken into Beautiful.

Rebecca Van Noord—Editor-in-chief of Bible Study Magazine, and co-author of Connect the Testaments.


Reserve your copy of Picturing Scripture today by supporting the Kickstarter campaign!

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Five Passages in the Old Testament That Point to Jesus

Prepare for Advent

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.—John 3:16  

During the season of Advent, we are reminded of God’s love for us that is full of undeserved forgiveness and salvation. 

In fact, throughout the Old Testament, God stays true to his people and promised Jesus’ coming. We have pulled together five passages through out the Old Testament that reveal these promises of love and redemption!

God promised to send a savior:

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.—Genesis 3:15

God promised the savior would bring peace:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. —Isaiah 9:6-7

God promised the savior would come with humility:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. —Zechariah 9:9 (Click to Tweet!)

God promised the savior would come and conquer death:

He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. —Isaiah 25:8

God promised that the savior’s triumph is everlasting:

And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. —Daniel 7:14 (Click to Tweet!)


Because of God’s love for us, he sent Jesus to come in humility, to bring peace, to conquer death, and to bring eternal life.

As you anticipate the Christmas season, we want to encourage you to take time, be still, and reflect on God’s love and faithfulness with discounted resources, through November 30, available in Vyrso’s Advent sale.

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How to Get Secret, Black Friday Deals on Christian Ebooks

Vyrso Black Friday

Black Friday weekend is on the way and this year Vyrso is offering a new way to save.

When you subscribe to the Vyrso email list, you’ll receive a special email on Black Friday packed with secret, email-only deals on Christian ebooks from Vyrso.

While we don’t want to give too much away (that would ruin the surprise!), you can expect to find deep discounts on Vyrso-exclusives and much more in this special email.

Staying in the loop is easy. All you have to do is visit Vyrso.com/BlackFriday, submit your email address, and you’re all set to receive extra ebook deals for Black Friday weekend!

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Win a Signed Copy of Randy Alcorn’s New Book, Happiness!

Win a signed copy of Randy Alcorn's new book, Happiness!

Through October 30, enter to win one of three signed copies of Randy Alcorn’s Happiness!

About Randy Alcorn:

Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions, and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.

Randy is a New York Times best-selling author of more than 40 books including Heaven and his newest release Happiness. His books sold exceed nine million copies and have been translated into over 60 languages.

About Randy’s New Release, Happiness:

Christians are supposed to be happy. In fact, we are supposed to radiate joy, peace, and contentment that is so unmistakable and so attractive that others are naturally drawn to us because they want what we have. And yet, in today’s culture, the vast majority of Christians are perceived as angry, judgmental people who don’t seem to derive any joy from life whatsoever. So why aren’t we happy?

As a respected theologian and author, Randy dispels centuries of misconceptions about happiness in his newest release, Happiness. Along with providing indisputable proof that God not only wants us to be happy, he commands it.

Want to win a signed copy of Happiness? Enter to win today!

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12 Verses That Show God Is Everwhere—Even In The Small Stuff

God is in the Small Stuff

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”

—Abraham Kuyper

Theologian Abraham Kuyper tells us that God is sovereign over every square inch. He is present in our lives, he hears our prayers, and his glory is evident across the globe. God is everywhere—even in the small stuff!

Authors Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz are passionate about helping people to meet, know, and enjoy the living God by recognizing him in the small stuff. You can find encouragement in their God Is in the Small Stuff series.

We have gathered 12 verses referenced by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz’s series that will encourage and remind you of God’s presence in every square inch:

Jeremiah 29:11–14 — “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

Matthew 21:22 — “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” [Click to Tweet!]

2 Thessalonians 1:3 — “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.”

Isaiah 40:28 — “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”

1 Peter 3:12 — “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Psalm 19:1 — “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” [Click to Tweet!]

Romans 1:20 — “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

1 Corinthians 6:19 — “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”

Matthew 6:33 — “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

1 Timothy 6:6-7 — “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world”

Matthew 6:25 — “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

James 1:2–3 — “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”


Add Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz’s ebooks—Keeping God in the Small Stuff, God Is in the Small Stuff: And It All Matters, God is in the Small Stuff for Changing Times, God is in the Small Stuff for Tough Times, God is in the Small Stuff for Your Marriage, and God Is in the Small Stuff—to your library today!

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When You are Weak, He is Strong


As Christians, we can rely daily on the strength of the Lord to bring us through hard times.

In the Bible we see this time and time again—whether it was Daniel, Mary, or Paul—all followers of God have fearlessly sought his calming, loving, and uplifting spirit, and have seen God as a constant stronghold in their lives.

Reflecting on God’s amazing love encourages us to rely fully on the strength of God, knowing that he will be there for us in any circumstance.

Here are five passages to reflect on, as you seek after God’s strength:

Deuteronomy 3:16 — “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 40:29-31 — “He gives power to the faint,  and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Psalm 23:4 — “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 — “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Ephesians 6:10-13 — “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. ”


Keep learning about God’s strength with four ebooks by Stever Farrar all about God’s strength for 99 cents each through September 30:

Real Valor: A Charge to Nurture and Protect Your FamilyReal Valor takes a look at the life of Boaz, and shows how Boaz is an example of true biblical manhood and Farrar contrasts his story with cultures definition of masculinity.

True Courage—True Courage recounts God’s nature to love and provide incredible courage to us in the midst of uncertainty.

God BuiltGod Built is all about the world’s desperate need of bold, passionate men of integrity, and the ways in which they’re built, shaped, and formed by God.

Battle Ready: Prepare to Be Used by GodBattle Ready is for any man who longs to serve God. Inside you’ll explore the lives of men who made an impact in their world and who trusted God for victory in battle.

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Today We Remember: September 11, 2001

We Will Never Forget

Today we pause in remembrance of September 11, 2001, and the thousands who lost their lives in the tragic events at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania. We will never forget what was lost that day.

As we mourn this day in history, may we also remember and pay respects to the civilians, firefighters, police officers, and first responders at the site of the attacks who displayed incredible courage and compassion.

In times of tragedy, suffering, chaos, and mourning, God is still faithful and the ultimate place to find peace and comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says that God, “. . . comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

I encourage you to take a moment today to pray for comfort for those affected by the events of September 11, 2001, wisdom for our world’s leaders, and for God’s peace on earth.

Today we remember.

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