People are trying to find their best self; they are trying to find an integrated, less stressed way of being. We are better off when we are healthier as individuals but we know as followers of Jesus that there is a level of existence that goes beyond physical and emotional wellness; we need spiritual wellness. Being thankful helps us to live a deeper existence. Tom talked about the “habitude” of being thankful.


Message by Tom Fenske – May 7, 2017

We watched the following introductory video which introduced the theme for Tom’s message.




John 6:11-13 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

Gratitude means to receive the abundant blessing of God.



1. Accept grace rather than try to earn honour

Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV) For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

2. Take stock rather than be envious of what you don’t have

Proverbs 14:30 (NIV) A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

3. Live simply rather than be tied to more stuff

Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

4. Be driven by the Holy Spirit rather than by competition

Galatians 5:25-26 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

5. Serve others rather than elevate yourself

Matthew 20:25-27 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.



You can’t give what you haven’t received

Luke 22:14-19 When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table.Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.” He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

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