Today I’m introducing a new feature for The Church at Clayton Crossings. We’re a busy bunch, and the chaos of life often crowds out the stuff that can help us reconnect with God, learn what’s going on in His church, and get to know one another.

Every Thursday I’ll send a note to your inbox with a devotional thought and some info to help keep you in the loop. The format may evolve over time, and I’d love your feedback – I want this communication to be as helpful as possible. So, without further adieu, let’s jump in!

What I’m thinking:

Everyone loves new stuff! For me, I don’t know what brings me the most joy: the crinkle of cellophane, the Neanderthalian strength I exhibit while tearing through a taped cardboard box, or the hide and seek game that accompanies digging through packing peanuts.

Perhaps that’s why a believer’s relationship with God is so amazing. The Bible says, “His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3:22-23 HCSB). For those of us connected with God through our relationship with Jesus, the gifts don’t stop. It’s kind of like Christmas every day!

Why not pause for a moment to thank God for His non-stop mercies? What are the top three things you are thankful for? Chances are, they are gifts from God as a direct answer to prayer.

What I need to remember:
  • This is the week everyone loves – it’s time to fall back! Remember to set your clock back an hour on Saturday night and enjoy the extra hour of sleep. Fall back Saturday is proof that God loves us!
  • Our Operation Christmas Child drive is in full swing. Partner with us to provide happiness and hope to children around the world – pick up your empty shoebox at church on Sunday morning. More information at
What I’m reading:
What I’m listening to:
  • Listened to “There is Power” by Lincoln Brewster this morning. Great song! From the Oxygen album.
  • Beyond that, it’s been a Bruce Hornsby week.
Let’s be friends:
About me:

John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.