Cross Roads Baptist Church

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!”  Psalm 107:1
November is the month that we concentrate on being thankful.  As I reflect on where I am in life, I realize that I have much to be thankful for.  I’m thankful for good health.  I’ve never had any serious health issues.  Though I visit people in the hospitals on a regular basis, I’ve very seldom been a patient myself.  In fact, I spent more days in the hospital before I was ten years old than I have been in the hospital in the fifty-five years since then.

I am thankful for my family.  Kathy and I have been married almost 46 years, and though we have disagreed a few times through the years, we have never faced a marital crisis and have never doubted that God intended for us to be a couple.  I’m thankful for my children who all know the Lord and seek to serve Him through their lives.  Though I don’t always agree with their decisions, as far as I know, none of my children have ever done things to bring dishonor to the Lord or our family.  I’m thankful for my grandchildren who are all healthy and enjoying life. 

I am thankful for my salvation.  For sixty years I have known Christ on a personal level and have never doubted my relationship to Him.  I am thankful for my calling to ministry which has brought so much joy and fulfillment to my life.  I’m thankful for the years I was able to serve the Lord in Brazil and the opportunity to be involved in seeing people saved and starting churches that are still impacting the lives of those who need Christ. 

I am thankful for the privilege of being your Pastor for over 16 years.  My statement to the Church in 2003 was that I wanted to give my life to serving the Lord by serving one Church until the Lord told me to stop.  I am thankful that He has not told me to stop yet and that CRBC continues to allow me to live out that conviction and calling. 

I am thankful for the promises of God and the fact that He always keeps His promises.  I’m thankful for the Blessed Hope we have in Christ; that one day the trials and troubles of this life will be over and that we have a future with Him that will never end.  I’m also thankful for the difficult days that I have passed through because they have reminded me of God’s faithfulness and the victory that is mine in Him. 

Yes, I have much to be thankful for.  And you do, too!  So spend some time reflecting on those things that you can be thankful for. And “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!” 

Please let me know how I can serve you.

Bro. John     
Cross Roads Baptist Church • Pelahatchie, MS • (601) 546-2297  © 2019