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One Thing God Does Not Have

  • If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Psalms 50:1215 ESV

    A reader emailed us yesterday after I posted "A Stranger at the Diner", the story about a former pastor who was prompted to give $20 to a person in need. The reader thought that she would not be able to help anyone because of her financial situation. While God does call us to make a sacrifice of money sometimes, He will just as often be calling you to other acts of obedience. If you feel a prompting to pray for someone who has been rejected by others, spend time with a friend though you are busy, offer a word of encouragement to someone across the room, etc., obey and you will be blessed.

    There is something we can all give, though, that God does not have: praise and thanksgiving from your heart. While God owns the entire universe, that is something that is truly ours, under our control and we give it to whomever we want. So simple in theory, yet so difficult in practice. Stump your toe and see what comes out. God thank you for not letting me break it would be a good response, yet sometimes I do something else.

    Be thankful for what God has already given you. If you are reading this, you have eyes and are evidently still breathing. Be thankful. Tell God, Thank you for what you have already done for me. Praise is right along those lines. God, You are AWESOME! I could have never done that without You! He is so worthy of our thanksgiving and praise; don't waste the opportunities each day to tell Him and show Him.

    Prayer: Father, I thank you for giving me breath, for saving me through the sacrifice of Your Son, and for the love you show me each day. Please help me to have a heart of gratitude and ears that are sensitive to your voice, in the name of Jesus.

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J D  Williams
J D Williams WE SHOULD ALWAYS THANK OUR FATHER FOR HE IS THE GIVER OF LIFE WITHOUT HIM WE CAN DO NOTHING HE IS SO GREATLY TO BE PRAISED FOR HIS MERCIES ENDURE FOREVER....
June 24, 2015
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Lucas Napo
Lucas Napo I am thankful every day Amen Pator
June 24, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Being grateful in the face of adversity can be a challenge at best... I am grateful for those trails in the past that have taught me HOW to  praise through the struggles of life and always look for and find the blessings in the storms. I count my rainbows daily :) Thank you Pastor for this mornings wonderful message and prayer. Thank you God for Pastor Dion and his messages from you, thank you for allowing him to be your hands and feet, thank you for ALWAYS being right on time with your powerful messages. In Jesus name  ~Amen~  May you stay blessed and always under Gods protection. 
June 24, 2015
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Beverly Boyd
Beverly Boyd Amen.  Morning noon n night as there is much to be thankful for ....n not breaking your toe is good place to start.  Thank you Pastor
June 24, 2015
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Beverly Boyd
Beverly Boyd Amen
June 24, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  Everyday is a gift from God; Jesus was the gift for all of us and what a precious gift.  Father I thank you for everyday and for the love you give me no matter what.  As you always say with such love and compassion, "I will NEVER leave you or FORSAKE you!"  Thank you for your love!!  Amen!!
June 24, 2015
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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen!! 
June 24, 2015
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reenie naidoo
reenie naidoo amen.....just cant stop praising HIS name......JESUS...JESUS....JESUS....
June 24, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen 
June 24, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander TYL We have so much to give and so much to be Thankful for.  God is worthy to be Praised
June 24, 2015
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen
June 24, 2015
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katrina harrell
katrina harrell Amen
June 24, 2015
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Anibal Perez
Anibal Perez Amen! God, to you be the glory! I thank you for this day and the opportunity to thank you and to glorify you, Lord of lords and King of kings, creator of the universe. Bless us all who glorify you. 
June 24, 2015
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez Wow what a great reminder,  Thank you Jesus!
June 24, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Well, please let me put my 2 cents in here! I actually just said a "praise and thank You God" because I was able to log on here! You see, I received a message from Firefox telling me to clear my cache and cookies yesterday. So, being the ignorant and duitful NON "techie" that I am, I did so--and was subsequently unable to log back on to my Yahoo mail--PLUS, I lost all conncetions to my Kindle! I'm still unsure if I can log on my Kindle. But I suppose I'm weird in that my needs are much more basic than most normal folks.I have NO money right now--not a dime. And I won't have any until my next SS check arrives.Thank our Lord I stocked up at the beginning of the month, and I plan to visit the nearby food bank Saturday. Sometimes I think the more money I have, the more I spend. My ex jokingly  refers to "bridges" I have purchsaed from Publishers Clearinghouse--he says I'd buy a bridge if someone offered it to me and I think he's right!
June 24, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Amen.....Gratitude is the key that unlocks the magic for you to have a humble spirit.....be open to service in any way you can. gratitude- the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
June 24, 2015
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Angela Williams
Angela Williams Awesome word thank you Pastor for the teaching this morning. Giving Thanks .
June 24, 2015
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Noraima Crespo
Noraima Crespo Thank you Lord, Amen !
June 24, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt God will guide me, and let me know when and how to serve Him. Serving from the heart is what pleases God.
June 24, 2015
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Tina G
Tina G Some years ago I pulled a dear friend aside and started to go on with a litany of my problems and issues. He listened patiently while I whined about my poor, pitiful situation. When I was finished he said, "alright, now go pray and thank God for all He has done for you," I thought my friend was out of his mind! But I did it any way. He taught me such a valuable lesson. Now I use it daily and I pass it on to people in my life. It truly changes everything :-)
June 24, 2015
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman Amen, yesterday felt like a particularly grace filled day.  I needed to do more driving then usual and I seemed to be frustrated at every turn. After one more construction delay I sighed very loudly.  However, on the way home I  was more relaxed and just driving along a residential street with two men riding bikes on the side  of the road just ahead.  Suddenly one if the men turned into the middle of the road  directly in front of me.  I jammed on the breaks, screaching to a stop just before the bike rider.  I immediately starting praising God and thanking him for the many gifts that let me avoid hitting the man, good reflexes, a car in good repair, a husband who makes sure my car is in good repair etc.  God is good, praise His holy name 
June 24, 2015
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman What a blessing!!  Thank you Pastor Dion for your wonderful words.
June 24, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady I have learned that if I count my blessings and give thanks to the Lord that Abba Father  gives me peace while the storm rages. He let's me sleep as I rest in Him. It is easy to forget everything good He does for us when we are consumed with what is testing our faith. If we turn our worries to praise and lay our burdens at The Cross, He strengthens us and we rise on wings like eagles!
June 24, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin LOL...Sorry Tina this is funny, I used to think I had problems then someone would tell me the same thing. We are whiners by nature, not realizing our problems pales in comparison to the real issues in the world and around us......I give thanks I can whine and give thanks some more for all the blessings I take for granted!
June 24, 2015
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Reinhard Blefgen
Reinhard Blefgen Amen 
June 24, 2015
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider Excellent message! There is a saying about how everyone has money for the things they want....it's is your priorities that may need to be adjusted. But regardless of our circumstances, we need to be a blessing to others with our actions as well as our possessions!
June 24, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!  You can even give the gift of life which is Blood.
June 24, 2015
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Michael Griffin
Michael Griffin Wonderful message this morning! It's ALWAYS great to be a blessing to others, but for some reason, it seems to me, that when we bless others, and we seem not to be having the best of days, OUR blessing is even greater!! It's called SACRIFICE!!! HALLELUJAH!!!
June 24, 2015
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Allie Ponzo
Allie Ponzo I know this but always good to hear over and over as a reminder. There are so many things we can offer people that don't require money and sometimes that's more of a sacrifice because it takes our time and effort.  The Stump your toe part was funny cause that is not the first thing that comes out of our mouths. After the pain ceases then we are able to thank God it was not broken or worse, lol. Thank you for another great life lesson
June 24, 2015
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Allie Ponzo
Allie Ponzo Kathy, you are one funny lady and I'm glad you were able to get back on to the website. I'm no Techie either.
June 24, 2015
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible I thank God for allowing me to live 3 years with stage 4 cancer. Will probably never be in remission, but I still have something to give everyday. My glass is half full!
June 24, 2015
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen thank you pastor for this message  
June 24, 2015
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Amen, yes thank you Lord for what You have already done!!
June 24, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza PRAISE TO YOU LORD GOD KING OF ETERNAL GLORY. THANK YOU MY LORD GOD for my life. I offer my life, my heart, my soul and sprit. Amen
June 24, 2015
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Agnello Sagar
Agnello Sagar Amen!!!
June 24, 2015
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Margaret Parks
Margaret Parks Dear Debbie, I am praying for you and want you to remember that God can perform miracles, so never say never . I want you to know that I have written your name down and I will pray a prayer for you every day that you will go into remission. You are loved. 
June 24, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Love your prayer!
June 24, 2015
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible Thank you so much Margaret. Your praying for me means a lot. God Bless!
June 24, 2015
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen!
June 24, 2015
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Love this!  Thank you Lord, for opening doors for me and caring about my happiness. Thank you for all your blessings each day! Amen! 
June 24, 2015
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Dianne Freeman
Dianne Freeman Thank you Lord for what you have done, for what you are doing, and for what you will do in my life!  You are awesome Lord and I love you!!!
June 24, 2015
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker After reading yesterdays message, I too had reservations.  I sometimes don't feel comfortable handing money to those who beg for it.  I have though, given money to people I feel are in true need of it.  I live in southern California, and you just don't know who to trust around some parts of town.  But I do simple acts of kindness....allowing a driver to ease out of parking area, or holding a door open for a Mom, with her hands full and kids in tow!!  And always an elderly person, I ask if they would like assistance before reaching for an item off the shelf, etc.  I know that God sees what I do everyday, and I always, always Thank Him.  My Dad taught me to do good things during the day because that is what you rest with when the day is done. 
June 24, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell In The Mighty Name of Jesus... Thank YOU Father.
June 24, 2015
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Celestina Ndunda
Celestina Ndunda Glorious God, Beautiful King, Excellent Father, I bow before your throne with thanksgiving in my heart.
June 25, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  To God be the glory!
June 25, 2015
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deb noyce
deb noyce I am going through a lot right now....It is still amazing to me...That God knows what you need and when....This last week God has shown me so much...Thank you Father for all you have shown me & blessed me....I give You all the Glory ..
June 25, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, may I be willing to be directed into Your perfect plan, to help others, in ways that You show me too.
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Deleted Member It's wonderful to be able to Praise God even in the trials.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Yes, Amen, Thank You Jesus for all You are to me.
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good. 
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful lesson your Dad taught you.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord, isn't God so good!!!!!!!!
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Deleted Member God is good, He loves us so.
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Deleted Member Amen, isn't it just amazing how much Jesus loves us. He is so good to us, I pray I will be a blessing to others as Jesus guides and directs me.
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Deleted Member Amen, what an awesome way to pray. God bless you.
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Deleted Member Amen and Praise The Lord for His goodness.
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord. Thank You Jesus for loving us so.
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Deleted Member Oh, what a testimony, prayers going out to you in the Name of Jesus for healing, and thank you so much for sharing such a lovely testimony, you have uplifted my heart with your inspiration. God bless you, Love Tamara
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Deleted Member Amen, I am in agreement with you Margaret for healing and for the impossible to be made possible in Jesus Name, Amen.
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Deleted Member God is so good. There are so many ways we can bless others, we just have to let go and let Jesus have His way and He will guide and direct us. I too, like the stump your toe part. LOL
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful way to describe our blessings to others, even when we feel left out of the blessings of others. Thank you for sharing, it was put into beautiful words of wisdom.
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Deleted Member Amen, never quite thought of it like that, but truly amazing, we truly can give blood to help save lives as Jesus gave His blood on the cross to save our souls. Thank You Jesus for loving us enough to die on the cross and shed Your blood for us. We serve an amazing God.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen
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Pam Ivins
Pam Ivins Amen!!!
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Delores Greenwood
Delores Greenwood Amen!
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible Thank you, Tamara!
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message and the prayer!
July 18, 2015