The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/24/2009):

Thanks, Gratitude, and Happiness
There is a brief health update at the end of this message.
Registration is now open for the 2010 CALVIN SYMPOSIUM ON WORSHIP,
January 28-30, 2010, in Grand Rapids. Presenters include Jeremy Begbie, Marva Dawn, Keith and Kristyn Getty, Lester Ruth, John Witvliet, and many others.

Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is chosen to help us remember that gratitude and thanksgiving must be directed towards the giver. English essayist G. K. Chesterton points at the absurdity of only "looking within" for meaning and significance.

I do not, in my personal capacity, believe that a baby gets his best physical food by sucking his thumb; nor that a man gets his best moral food by sucking his soul, and denying its dependence on God or other good things. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

-- G. K Chesterton (1874-1936), A SHORT HISTORY OF ENGLAND, Chapter Six, "The Age of the Crusades," 1917. This book is free as an ebook at

[Here are some other wonderful WORSHIP QUOTES for a time of Thanksgiving.]
Thanksgiving in Song —
Dallas Willard —
Craig Barnes —
C. S. Lewis —
Various Authors —
Townend & Getty —
John Stott —
Psalm 100 (Watts) —
Thanksgiving in the Scriptures —

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Dear Praying Friends,

Longer journal entries and new photos about my cancer journey are available at (click on "journal" or "photos").

The long-awaited PET scan was on November 18. The doctor called the next day to report that the lymphoma was growing again and that we needed to move quickly. Treatment began yesterday, November 23, and I am now in the hospital until Sunday. I am receiving a series of chemotherapy treatments that will hopefully prepare my body for an allogeneic stem cell transplant (with a well-matched donor) in a few months.

We continue to fight the disease, trusting in a God who is both great and good. Your concern and prayers are precious to us.

In His constant care,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Ministries
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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