I am thankful for my church and for ministers who are truly men of God and proclaim the Truth from God's inerrant Word, the Bible, without compromise or apology. I am thankful that I am taught that God is not only a loving and forgiving Father, but is holy and righteous. I am thankful that through the ministry of God's Word I learned that I am a sinner and that nothing I can ever do through my own will or good works will allow me to approach His holy throne. I am more than thankful that He, in His great love for me and you, provided Jesus who died on the cross for us so that we might be cleansed from our sin and have fellowship with God. I am thankful that I accepted the free gift of salvation by praying the "sinner's prayer" of repentance and asking Jesus to live in my heart. I am thankful for the resurrection because I know that this life is just a tiny moment in time compared to the hope of eternity with Him. I am thankful that my church, through God's Word, challenges me to be salt and light in a world of pain and darkness because He is not willing that one should perish. I am thankful that in this sinful world that is spiraling toward destruction, I know the Savior. Do you?
And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light , we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. I John 1:5-10