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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Making A True Thanksgiving

Wish for a true Thanksgiving? Then don't be a thankless fool!

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:21-22) 

Every fourth Thursday in November, many homes race to put a feast together, gather family and friends and observe a family tradition. We call this day Thanksgiving but in reality, we give little thanks. Would you like to make this a real Thanksgiving?

True thanksgiving starts with acknowledging and honoring the creator and sole owner of all we have -- The Lord! Boastful and proud people do not recognize this simple but powerful truth. A true spirit of gratitude begins with a simple confession that all we have or ever hope to have is His and not our own. 

As important as paying tribute to God for his gracious gifts, it is still not enough for a true Thanksgiving. You need to honor God. There is no better way to honor God than to accept his Son, Jesus Christ, as both your Savior and your Lord. All the thankfulness offered in words or prayers are futile if you spur the only gift of grace that can restore you to the right fellowship with God. 

When you have these two elements, acknowledgment and honor, then the third step to a true Thanksgiving is possible and flows naturally. Be thankful. The expression of being thankful can take many forms.  It can burst forth in joy, song, prayer, and testimony. Two very effective manners of expressing our gratitude are to share our blessings with others and serving our Lord by serving others. However, the best way to make a True Thanksgiving is to have a thankful heart every day. 

From our family to yours, Pat and I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A State of Thankfulness

Did you wake up this morning and discover that Thanksgiving is only a few days off and Christmas is closing in fast? Are you finding it hard to get in the Thanksgiving spirit? 

Consider this thought:

A state of thankfulness occurs when a person sees themselves in the light of his or her true position in the universe.

Perhaps the following verses will help you get a better perspective.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:   All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;  The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Psalms 8:3-9