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Happy Thanksgiving to All!!!

"Stand in awe and sin not." Ps. 4:4 Truly, who is like our awesome God? Read Isaiah 40 and stand in awe. May your soul swell with blessings to our God this holiday season.

Below is the cover article from our last issue of the SMBI Monitor written by assistant administrator, Byron Wolfer.

"Gratitude for All God’s Blessings"
At this time of year we, here in the United States, celebrate a day called Thanksgiving. The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was a harvest festival that was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and, as recounted by attendee Edward Winslow, was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. To this day the centerpiece of Thanksgiving celebrations remains Thanksgiving dinner. One history site actually lists the holiday as “a day for Americans to gather for a day of feasting, football and family.” Notice the order given in that definition. Another site says it is to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the year. That definition sounds better. What is our definition of Thanksgiving? I would like to hope that we are gathering for a time of expressing our gratitude to God for all the blessings He has given us through the year.
One definition of gratitude is “the quality of being thankful.” Gratitude is a warm feeling of thankfulness towards the world, or towards specific individuals. The person who feels gratitude is thankful for what they have, and does not constantly seek more. Does this definition fit you and me, as we examine our past year? Are we thankful for what God has blessed us with or do we want more? Sure, we need to keep working to provide for ourselves, but is our goal to accumulate more because we are not content with what we have, or is our goal to provide for both our needs and the needs of others?
But maybe we should define what the blessings are for which we are expressing gratitude to God. Are they financial, spiritual, emotional, or physical? And what do we define as a blessing? If my house burns down, do I see any blessings in that situation? If I lose my job because of Covid or some other reason, can I find a blessing in that situation? Are there blessings in church struggles? What about blessings in broken relationships, or maybe anticipated relationships that never materialized?
So many times we only think of blessings as the things we have, as mentioned earlier in the definition of gratitude. Too many times I think we neglect to even think of the things we have as blessings. Many times we just take them for granted and expect them to continue unabated. But we need to remember that God is the One from whom all our blessings flow, and we need to give Him all the praise and glory and honor that He deserves. Psalm 103:1-5 says Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. And the Psalm continues on with many more blessings from God. How many times do we think of all these blessings from God? Sometimes we forget all about the many blessings we receive from God!
Let’s look at the scenarios given earlier and see if we can find any blessings in them. If your house burns down, can you recognize what a blessing it is that you only lost things, and not any family members who are dear to you? Possessions can be replaced but not people. While losing your job can be stressful, can we look at the blessing of more family time together that we might not have had before? Perhaps God wants to use this job loss to move you into a different job or position that He wants you in to better serve Him. Maybe He wants you to learn to trust Him in time of want. Watch how He provides beyond our imaginations! Maybe God wants to bless others by using them to care for you in this time. In church struggles, can we see the blessing of drawing nearer to God as we come to Him in search of answers to the situation? Can we see the blessings that come from going through broken relationships? If we have been through these and have healed from them it can give us a greater understanding in how to help others who may be going through them now. Sometimes as we look back at the anticipated relationship that never happened we can see the blessing of God in keeping us from a disastrous situation that may have destroyed our life.
Blessings come in many forms! Let’s be careful to take the time to recognize them for what they are and come before God with gratitude for them!
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Sharon Singers has just released a new cd:
Faith Hope & Love – 3rd term 2020
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A Tribute to Rachel Dawn Kauffman
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Second term is underway with 27 ladies and 9 men on the roster. Join us in prayer support as we continue the journey of this term together.
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Introduction to SMBI

The Lord of the church has given his body a variety of gifts and roles “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12). This verse contains a three-fold directive for every born again follower of Christ.  As saints, we are called to move toward and into the ongoing work of sanctification and perfection in our own lives.  As Christ works in us, we become His hands and feet continuing the ministry of redemption which He initiated before mankind ever needed redemption.  Finally, since we are designed to function as a body and not an isolated ear or foot, we must band together as a body to build up and encourage our fellow pilgrims as we journey together.

At Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute it is our vision to function as a support to churches and families as together we endeavor to see these directives fulfilled in our lives and the lives of our students.   We have no desire to become another option in the smorgasbord of entertainment and diversion, but rather to be a dynamic tool that God can use to perform His work in and through each of us.  We appreciate your support as we strive to perfect the saints, equip them for ministry, and build up the body of Christ.

Clifford Schrock, Administrator

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