Fall is here! I do truly love this time of year. The cool mornings, the changing colors, the deep blue and clear sky all definitely signal change from the season of hot (I am not a big fan of hot). It also ushers in the holiday season which for my family means get-togethers, big family meals, and time well spent.
This year, more than most, I am looking forward to the time my family will spend enjoying each other in laughter, a walk in the woods, apple cider around a fire pit on a cool evening, and the laughter of grandchildren throughout the house. I’m not typically a “ theme” guy but if I were, the theme this season would definitely be Thankfulness.
I sincerely do not intend to be cliche with that term since Thanksgiving is just around the corner but genuinely thankful for what God has done for me or better yet, given back to me, over this last period of my life. Cancer, blood clots, unknown lung infection, surgeries…….not my most productive year and a half.
But, GOD……. God heals and God protects. God comforts and God provides. God leads and maybe most importantly, God places people in your life and around your circumstances to love you and pray for you and give of themselves out of love and service to fellow believers. I am thankful for you and your prayers. I am thankful for your kindness to my family. I am most thankful for your love of the Father that is displayed in your acts toward His people. That is the will of God.
Today Terry and I had our devotional, it was about gratitude. We are in the Dominican Republic, poverty is prevalent, and we Americans are so ungrateful for what we take for granted. Law enforcement, a better Government, not perfect, just better. Much better infrastructure, freedom to earn and work as hard or not. When you see what third-world citizens have to do just to survive another day. If you look around you will realize and be grateful.
Ok so now for us married folks, gratitude is something we lack so many times, gratitude for love, gratitude for help, friendship of your spouse, their service to you. This is so often overlooked, because when we are ungrateful, we tend to just see the negative, im guilty. So are you. Instead today look for the things we overlooked, like hey they made coffee, or they cooked dinner, or they are a hard worker. God wants us to be grateful, and wow we should be. Look today for things to be grateful for that are from God, isnt everything? He has beauty all around us! The laughter of a child, the smile of your spouse, the love of your parents. Gods gives us so much! Life, love, grace, mercy, hope, of course we have trials and tribulations as well. Do you think you would learn to be a better person without them?
I will be more grateful today, for my wonderful daughters, all 6 of them, for my son in laws, for my lovely wife, for my parents.
Today I remind you, even if you have lost your loved one, it is better to have loved and lost them, than to never have loved and been loved by them.
God loves us!
ICOM will be held in OKC on Nov 16-19th
The International Conference On Missions (ICOM) exists to encourage, equip, and enlist workers for the harvest. Our extensive international conference serves as a connection point for global missions but we are more than a five-day event. ICOM is 365 – telling God’s stories, providing resources and uniting the world with missions!
How to Register:
CCY has paid for all church members to register for free!
- Click on the link to register - http://theicom.org/register/
- Click on the Attendees Registration Button. Choose virtual or onsite.
- Choose Individual Registration or Family Registration
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- Fill in your contact information.
- Be sure to include your spouse's info if your spouse is coming. You do not need to fill out a separate form for them.
- If you are bringing any children, there’s a box to check. Fill out their information. Their grade is important to include as that’s how they’ll be separated during their activities.
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- On the next page, there are Pre-Con & and Ticketed Event options you can choose from. None of these are mandatory. Put in the quantity you want to purchase of that item.
- If you don’t want to purchase any – simply click Next
- On the next page, review your information. Enter the discount code here. “OKC2023” If anything needs to be edited, you can choose “Previous” – If everything is correct, click “Register”
At ICOM, our heart is to foster a love for missions in kids of all ages. ICOM Kids exists to provide a fun and safe place to learn about the love of Christ and the work of missionaries all over the world. ICOM Kids is a Children’s Mini-Conference that is included in your registration fee. Seven ICOM Kids Sessions are provided during ICOM’s Main Session Times and afternoon Workshops. During these sessions, we are excited to incorporate a curriculum which focuses on sharing God’s love with others and to hear directly from missionaries and mission organizations.
The Student International Conference On Missions exists to encourage, equip, and enlist workers for the harvest. Our focus is to invite students into learning and conversation around the local and global missions and ministry. SICOM is a connection point for global and local missions and an opportunity for you to gain a greater perspective of God’s Kingdom in action. SICOM is also a place that seeks to empower young people to pursue a life in ministry and missions. Our goal is to help set students in the right direction with resources and connections to help them take the next steps to discern the call God has for each of them.
Volunteer Opportunities at ICOM
Come pray with us at the Boiler Room Experience in Oklahoma City! Exhibits will highlight Revival Movements and Prayer Initiatives from around the world. The Boiler Room Experience was originally introduced by TCM International Institute at ICOM 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. There will be an even larger space dedicated for prayer this year in Oklahoma City. The Boiler Room Experience will be located near the main session area and open throughout the convention. Stop by and pray with us for a world that needs Jesus!
Sign up in the Gathering area at CCY for specific times blocks to pray at the conference.