Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thankfulness from Luke

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.

I was the poor.
I was a slave to sin,
with no family ties, with no inheritance and no future.

He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,

I was the captive.
I was in chains to my sin.
There was no release in sight since I could not repay my debt.

And recovery of sight to the blind,

I was the blind.
Blind to my desperate need.
Completely blind to my lostness.
I thought I could figure out a way to heal myself.
I was wrong.

To set free those who are oppressed,

I was oppressed.
I was weighed down with my sin.
I carried it with me wherever I went.
It was mine to bear and I had no way to get out from under it.

To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord."

Luke 9:18,19

I was the Pharisee, lost in his own legalistic works.

I was the leper, diseased, outcast and hopeless.

I was the tax collector, a thief and beyond despair.

I was the cripple, disfigured by my own sin.

But that was then, and this is now.

I am no longer poor, captive, blind and oppressed.

I am no longer a Pharisee, a leper, a tax collector and a cripple.

Thanks be to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
I am free.

Free from sin, free from the chains that bound me.

I am an heir to the Kingdom of God as His adopted child.

I am no longer lost, but found in His love.

I am washed clean in His blood.

I am His forever and forever He is mine.

We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, don't we? On the eve of Thanksgiving, I want to wish my friends and family a blessed Thanksgiving Day and to encourage you all to start your thankfulness with the One who has given us all good things.


  1. thank-you kristen for the thanksgiving blessing. back at ya! i really like davd's style of preaching. matter of fact and to the point. but, he can relate to today's issues and culture. not stuffy. he makes the point and i get it. i have learned so much over these year's and the one big thing i have learned is that without God we have no hope...nothing! i know He is there for me...

  2. Thanks for your words of testimony, Kim - this post is basically a summary of what we have learned and seen Jesus do in the first six chapters of Luke - healing the cripple, challenging the Pharisees, saving the tax's been a great study, especially when we see the compassion of Jesus on the sinner. You're right, without Him we have no hope...

    And thanks for your kind words about Dave's preaching. He is a good communicator and I think now that he's doing this on a regular basis, he'll only get better. He loves the word and is very practical...thanks for coming on Sunday.

    Have a great Thanksgiving, Kim!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Kristen!

    Things are going to start bustling around here soon...I would imagine it's already started where you are. It’s been fun having all the kids around for the last three days. Yesterday we spent baking in the kitchen, such fun. Annie and Ruh finally got their power back at 6:30 this morning! We’ve decided to keep dinner here though.

    We do have so much for which to be thankful. The Lord's love and grace for which we are so unworthy...

    Have a wonderful day with your family, all gathered around you!

    Love from the Halls and the Dannells!