Personally, I have so much to be thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving Day.  I have the most wonderful wife in the world, two wonderful children, great Christian friends and a job I am so blessed to have.  And I want to share with you a couple of very unusual things for which I am thankful this year:

I’m thankful Rob Bell wrote his book “Love Wins” that questions if hell is real.  Thankful because it exposes Bell’s very weak theology and hopefully will cause youth leaders to take a second look before they share his teachings and videos with their youth members.

I’m thankful Rick Warren invited a well known Muslim celebrity in to teach his church about spiritual and physical health.  It is causing many to take a fresh look at just what Warren is advocating with his alliances with social justice advocates and universalists like Tony Blair.

I’m thankful hundreds of churches recently preached from Korans and Bibles at their Sunday services.  Perhaps it will wake Christians up to the movement of syncretism that is infecting more and more churches and denominations.

I’m thankful Jim Wallis came out supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement and called for the movement to expand to “occupying churches”.  When combined with the fact he was caught lying about taking money from George Soros, it exposes him for what he really is—a man who uses religion to promote anarchy and his socialist agenda.

I’m thankful St. Norbert Abbey in Green Bay invited Buddhist teachers in for a weekend seminar.  Perhaps it will arouse Catholics in the community to find out just what is going on at St. Norbert Abbey.

I’m thankful that Starbucks has come out asking Congress to abolish the Defense of Marriage Act which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.  Perhaps it will cause our youth leaders to forego that coffee at Starbucks and go to a coffee place that supports the Word of God.  And perhaps it will cause Willow Creek leadership to look at how they are vetting speakers at their Christian leadership Conference in the future.

Now, you may ask “How can you be grateful for these things?”  Because as disturbing as they are, I rely on Romans 8:28 and believe God will use all these things for our good as his people who truly love him.  He will use these tragedies to separate His true sheep from the goats.

As Christians we have so much to be thankful for, even in these disturbing times.  Never lose hope and never become fearful—God is in control and none of this surprises Him.  In fact, He is allowing it—so rejoice in all things—even the disturbing ones.