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Thanksgiving Moments


I really like Chris Tiegreen’s take on Thanksgiving. He says, “Thanksgiving is more than a day – it’s a lifestyle. It should last longer than a weekend”.

Below are some encouraging/inspiring/interesting thoughts picked up from wise people and a lifetime of observation.

  • Thankfulness is an act of humility – you’re dependent on much grace and provision by God and others – you’re not self-sufficient.  Your God is drawn to and loves a humble heart!
  • Thankfulness is the strongest anti-depressant I know of.  This time of year – the holiday season – brings back memories, grief, longing, loneliness and isolation for many.  Simply stating your gratitude out loud – even if only two or three things – can change your mood for the rest of the day.  In the days of my deepest despair – I recall how often I have been blessed without deserving one bit of grace.
  • I learned a positive attitude (optimism) works for the best most of the time.  I know as a fact that a negative  attitude (pessimism and thanklessness) attitude works toward defeat all the time.
  • Gratitude is a power prayer!  You get more from God by thanking him than by begging him.  Thanking him in prayer in advance for something he has promised but not yet  given is a profound statement of faith.
  • Appreciation changes your perspective – it means the glass is half full not half empty.  If you were to put on the scales of life the number of blessing your received compared to the number of bad days or events  - how would the scales tip?  Count every breath, count every heartbeat, count every “I Love You”, count every time you’ve been forgiven, count every time you forgiven someone on the blessings side of the scale. 

 I love you all more than words can express and I am giving “Thanksgiving” to be your pastor, shepherd, friend, confidant and brother in Christ.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Pastor John

Veterans Day



I became eligible for the Vietnam draft in 1974.  A few days after getting my draft card,  the draft was suspended.  I remember being thankful that God had “spared me.”   A few years later I tried to join voluntarily and they wouldn’t take me.  Now as a senior citizen, I recognize that I have a reasonable degree of guilt for both being “spared” and not being accepted.

It’s not that I agreed with every military engagement our country has made – it’s that I have such great respect for all that did serve, no matter the circumstances.  Some of those circumstances are unimaginable to the vast majority of us.  Some of us have never been away from home, much less sent to foreign lands  and seas to do battle.  In years when there has been no war, still soldiers did their part; serving and being ready at a moment’s call.  My ancestors fought in the Civil War, WWI, WW2.  My family served in  Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm and two family members are currently on active duty.

I could never adequately express my gratitude for what they, and veterans of every era, have done for  our country and the cause of freedom and liberty around this globe we call home.  We stand and salute you for your service. Thank you isn’t enough – but thank you.

A Question for Pastor John



Pastor John McLaurin is frequently asked, "Do you really only work one day a week?"


This is his response:

Being a pastor is similar to being an “on call” doctor/fireman/plumber.  We need to be available to meet the emergency and regular needs of the congregation.  Pastors work includes visits to homes, hospitals, at least 8 hours a week in preparation for Sunday services, meeting with teams, committees and individuals, and of course the administration and operation of the church, its facilities and staff.  The day is filled with joys, challenges and hope and not nearly enough sleep.

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