It is so easy to take for granted those we deal with on a continual basis.  We tend to forget what they mean to us.  We sometimes don’t appreciate them because we see them on a frequent basis. That can really be the case with families; we at times fail to show our gratitude to those who are closest to us.

With that said, New Paradise I want to thank you for all that you do.  I want to thank you for your love and support.  I want to thank you for being patient with me through these eight and a half years.  You have extended yourselves to me and my family in many loving and kind ways. You are an extraordinary church; you go above and beyond the call of duty.  Not only do you go above and beyond, there are individuals who pay attention to the little things, and do the tedious things; and for that, I say thank you.

Every member and ministry of this church are both vital and valuable.  We are co-laborers together for the cause of Christ.  We co-exist in order to fulfill God’s purpose by glorifying Him, edifying the body of Christ and reaching the lost. We are a body of believers where Christ is the Head. God has brought us together for such a time as this to impact our culture. It is a joy knowing that we can work together and accomplish the things God has assigned our hands to do.  I am outrageously grateful for the honor of pressing forward in God’s Kingdom with all of you; and for that, I say thank you.

God has truly blessed me with His great favor by allowing me to serve both Him and you.  I don’t ever want to let it be said that I was ungrateful for anything.  You make it easy for me to be thankful.  I have so much to be thankful for; I am constantly reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words to the believers in Thessalonica, he said, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Through the ups and the downs; through the good and the bad;  Through the sad times and the happy times; through the times with much and the times with little, Thank you! For it is in those times that God is conforming me into the image of His Son Jesus Christ.  Thank you Lord for loving me and loving New Paradise.

I want to close this Pastor’s Desk with an illustration about thankfulness, the writer of the illustration says, “An evergreen is always green despite the changes in weather around it.  It is green in the heat of summer as well as the cold of winter.  So also our lives are to be characterized by an enduring thankfulness that is unaffected by the changes around us.  When the heat of a pressured week or the deadly cold of pain strikes us, we should stand “ever green,” always thankful, regardless of that which surrounds us.”  I guess what I am trying to say to you New Paradise is, thank you and I appreciate and love you!

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Moore