Abounding therein with Thanksgiving

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7

Paul penned these verses to a church that he had not met yet. He was encouraged by what he heard from the city of Colosse, and he desired to help them even more through his epistle. He told them in Colossians 2:6 that since that had received Christ as their Savior, then they ought to walk in him. The word walk means conducting oneself. It means progress.The church was to be moving forward for the Lord and modeling their lives after his life. He described this walk in Colossians 2:7. I want to focus on the last part of the verse. He said, “Abounding therein with thanksgiving.” God desires that we abound in our walk with him. He does not want us to just “coast” through life and get by. I know that believers, myself included, too often are content with just checking off the boxes in their Christian walk. I go to church. I try to pray and read my Bible. I want to be a good testimony. But, God desires for us to do more than solely trudge along. He wants us to abound! The word abounding in the Greek means “to be over and above” (Strong’s Concordance). He wants us “to be over and above” in our walk in him. He wants us to be fruitful in this life. He wants us to abound in the qualities of a Christian who is conformed to the image of Christ!

Paul finished the thought of the verse, “Abounding therein with thanksgiving.” One of the ways that we abound in our walk with the Lord is in our thanksgiving. As we think of Thanksgiving this week, may we remember to abound in thanksgiving the other fifty-one weeks of the year! If we want to abound in our Christian walk, we must abound in gratitude to the Lord for who he is and what he has done. Paul told the Thessalonian believers, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” God’s will for each and every believer is thankfulness in everything—the good, the bad, and the ugly! As we thank the Lord and dwell on him, we will walk as he walked. When we are thankful, it is hard to be negative! When we are praising the Lord for who he is, it is hard to criticize our brother! When we are offering gratitude to the Lord for what he has done, it is difficult to complain about our circumstances. May we abound in our Christian walk, and may we do so with thanksgiving in everything…each and every day of the year!

Answer to Prayer and the “Germano Minute”

We wanted to pass along to you an answer to prayer! We have been praying for Landon’s salvation since we knew that Stephanie was expecting him. In the past year, he has asked a number of questions about salvation, but he was not ready to admit his sin and ask God for forgiveness. We continued to work with him and to pray that God would show him his need of salvation. This past Sunday, he went to Tim after children’s church and told him that he asked Christ to save him. We talked with his teacher and later talked with him throughout the week about his decision. During Bible class in school, Stephanie reviewed the story of Nicodemus and how we must be born again in order to go to Heaven. When she was explaining it, Landon told her that he had made that decision and that he had asked Christ to save him! Please pray that God would solidify this decision in his heart and that he would grow in his new walk.

Please take a moment to read our latest prayer letter. We also would love for you to watch our latest video update entitled “Germano Minute.” Lord willing, we will be posting more of these videos during furlough as well as during our second term.

Updated Prayer Card and Final Preparations for Furlough

We are just over two weeks away from the beginning of our first furlough. It is hard to believe that we have been in the Dominican Republic for three and a half years already! We are currently finishing up many different odds and ends before our trip back on May 1. Will you please pray that we would be able to finish what we need to before our trip? Also, please pray as there are some things that we need to get in order like purchasing a vehicle and other matters once we arrive in the States. We would greatly appreciate it.

Below is our updated prayer card for furlough!  We look forward to seeing many of you as we visit our supporting churches as well as present our ministry in a number of new ones.