Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Last night at church we looked at the 3P’s of Thanksgiving, Giving thanks for God’s Provision, Protection and Propitiation (a big word for the Saving work of Jesus on the cross). Pretty much everything we have to be thankful for falls under one of those categories. Happy Thanksgiving. Have a blessed day!

I just have do much to be grateful for and today as we think of things to give thanks, I thought I would take a few minutes and show a little gratitude.

  • I’m thankful to God for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who secured eternity for me
    and all who will believe.
  • I’m thankful for my wife who has been a blessing in every way imaginable.
  • I’m thankful for my sons who are both fine young men doing great stuff.
  • I’m thankful for my daughter-in-law who is a wonderful young woman, teacher and mother
    of my grandson David who gives me ceaseless joy.
  • I’m thankful for parents who’ve loved me through all of it and for my brother and sister and their families.
  • I’m grateful for extended family and friends who have brought so much to my life.
  • I’m thankful for my church family who support and encourage me as I do what God has called me to do.
  • I’m thankful to all the churches, camps and ministries who trusts me to speak to their congregations and bring the Gospel.
  • I’m thankful for God’s ceaseless provision and pray I will always use it to His glory.
  • and of course I am thankful for all of you who read and follow this blog. I pray that God uses this humble effort to bless your ministries.

Of course this is just a few things I can think of in a few minutes on this cold PA morning. There are a multitude more and if you think of it, I’m sure you can come up with a few and I think that’s the point, A day to focus on gratitude and all we have to be grateful for is a very good thing. So today take some time off and think about ll you have been blessed with.

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rockwellthanksgivingIt is to my mind, the most iconic expression of Thanksgiving, Norman Rockwell’s famous Saturday Evening Post cover. The guy was a true genius at expressing the best parts of life. All those happy people around a table about to share in a wonderful feast. You can literally feel the love in the room.

Love it what it’s all about you know. The meal may be different depending on where you go, you may even be in a place that doesn’t celebrate the day or maybe you’re distant from your family and unable to get to your own family dinner, but regardless of the meal, ultimately love supersedes the meal.

You might think I’m a little off today saying it’s all about love. You say, “Umm Dave, what it’s all about is right there in the title, ‘Thanksgiving.” Why are we thankful? Because we serve a God who loves us enough to provide for our needs and give us people to love. That’s what we’re really thankful for, isn’t it?

I always try to get you to be creative, and today is no different except that what we do today is not going to be done with art supplies. Today it’s done with love. Today I believe we should all seek ways to love creatively. Commit little acts of kindness. Go out of your way to mend fences and restore broken relationships. Break tensions, lay aside offenses and love. Lovingly share the truth of Jesus as opportunities arise.

As of today, I will have done 51 Thanksgivings on this planet. As I sit at the table today, faces will be missing. Faces I won’t see again in this life. Faces I miss dearly, and this much I know to be true, I am thankful for each one of them. God gave them to me as a blessing and for them I am thankful. Love and thankfulness really are synonymous.

The passage I am always drawn to for Thanksgiving is from Colossians 3:

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Better words for this day were never spoken. Make these your words of instruction as you gather with your loved ones and make this an awesome day. Get creative if you have to.

Be Thankful and love…

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. This year, I am grateful for so much. We’re nearing our 1400th post on this post, while also had a great year and Creachertoons has progressed as well. I’ve been blessed to minister at over 30 different events this year, including several multi-program events. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many new people and the Lord has really blessed. My family is doing well. We found a great new home church and some exciting opportunities are presenting themselves there as well. 2013 has been a transitional year and God has brought us through quite well. To Him be the Glory. I am grateful.

I also wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for following this blog and for putting forth the efforts you are in your own areas of the Kingdom. My prayer for you is that you would keep growing and sharing, using those wonderful gifts you all have to serve the Lord. I can’t help being reminded of the Apostle Paul who several times in Scripture makes a point of saying He always thanks God for the people who read His letters. While I certainly do not measure up to Him, I am thankful for you all. The readers are what make a blog worthwhile and my fondest dream is that this would become less monologue and more conversation this year. Let us know how we can help you, let us know your praises and your struggles. I hope to meet many more of you personally in the year to come.
Thank you.
Dave Weiss

This is what we dream, or at least it’s what I dream…

Give me a warehouse and paint and cut me loose. I’m not saying I would do all the same subject matter, though this guys characters are amazing, but I would love to do this, make the video, the whole deal. It would be a dream. Then when it was all done I would make it this amazing art studio, gallery, shop, library, community center, theater and… wait for it…


A church where paint on the floor was expected, a place where creativity was the norm and where creativity is connected to the creator. It’s my dream.

Now here’s the thing. No one has given me a warehouse, but I have a house. No one has given me unlimited paint, but I have paint. I don’t have all that stuff, but I do have something, many things. I have my God given gift and the ability to use it. I have a wife and family that can accept and support my vision I have a church that supports my creativity and gives me increasing opportunities to use it. I don’t have a community center, but I do have a website where I can share with the whole world. I have the opportunity to go out and speak to thousands of people every year, planting seeds of the Gospel and watering God given visions, in the hearts and minds of people who will do untold and awesome things. If I waited til I had everything I would do nothing.

Instead I take the next step in faith, using what I do have today, doing the best I can today, to serve the Lord and each day…

I live the dream.

You can too.

I know we’re past thanksgiving but since every day should be thanksgiving, I wanted to pass this video along as a reminder for all the things we have for which to be grateful and to say thank you to all of you for being a part of this ministry.


Posted: November 25, 2011 in Uncategorized
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A matter of perspective

A matter of perspective

Happy Thanksgiving from AMOKArts

I want to start off this message by saying thank you to all the members of the tribe. Your support over the past year has been overwhelming. Thanks especially to God the Father and Our Lord Jesus Christ for bringing us together and calling us to this common purpose of using our gifts to serve Him.

Now on to the challenge…
A lot of people have a hard time finding a reason to be grateful. Circumstances blind them to all they have or they get so focused on what they don’t have and after a while it seems like life is going against them. I’m guessing you can be the same way, I know I can, but here’s the thing, if you are reading this you are blessed with everything from the air you breathe on down. We need to stop fixating on stuff an on what seems to be fair. We need to take a step back and realize all that God has done for us. Gratitude is an attitude and it is a choice, we can and must choose to be grateful if we want to live a life that is pleasing to God, not to mention joyful.
We DO have reason to be grateful, the Creator of the Universe loves you and knows you by name. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you and the Lord Jesus loves you so much that he actually went willingly to the cross to do the will of the Father—for YOU! Today create something that reminds you or others to be grateful.

Remember Psalm 136 says, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.His love endures forever.” Now that’s a reason to be thankful.

Just mulling over all the things I have to be grateful for. One of the things I am grateful for is you! Thanks for being a part of this blog and for using what you have been given to serve others. After all one of the greatest ways we can show God gratitude is taking what he has given and using it to give someone else a reason to be grateful.