“The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.”Henri Nouwen

If you’re reading this, it’s our first attempt at a blog for our church website. Hopefully these are helpful to you in following Jesus and informative to you in the life of our church.

For fun, and because 10 seems like a nice number(though I could list thousands), here are 10 Things I’m Thankful For At CLC.

10 Things I’m Thankful For At CLC

  1. I’m thankful for God and His Gospel, faithfully leading this congregation since 1896.
  2. I’m thankful for all the under-shepherds that went before me, specifically the ones who touched my time here, Mark Serviss, Ray Ortiz, and Derrick Marshall.
  3. I’m thankful for our nursery full of the most beautiful babies you’ve ever seen. Shout out to Ray.
  4. I’m thankful for Clinton and Wilma Evans. This week I went to see them and it was apparent that Wilma was in pain. But all she did (and does every time) is spout off thankfulness and praise to the Lord for each day He’s given them. There’s no room for complaining at the Evans house.
  5. I’m thankful for Bruce Robinson, who loves me enough to tell me when I’ve done something dumb.
  6. I’m thankful for Amanda Cook, who reminded me this year that God has a lot to say if we’ll be quiet for awhile.
  7. I’m thankful for warm smiles that wash over the Homebuilders Class as they read the good news.
  8. I’m thankful that God gathered these people in Tonkawa, OK. The town is small, but Jesus’ love and plans for it are not.
  9. I’m thankful the church invested in young people sacrificially and joyfully, and made a way for me to excel in the gifts God has given me.
  10. I’m thankful for Joe Kreger. Joe is always encouraging, always loving, and believes this Gospel stuff deep in his bones. If I ever grow up, I want to be like Joe.
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