Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m grateful that America has a day set aside for Thanksgiving, but I believe it should last every moment of every day — at least for the believer.  Really, I guess unbelievers can never be truly thankful because in and of ourselves, we cannot muster up any thankfulness.

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.  -Romans 1:21

They know of God, but do not experientially know His redeeming grace.  They may shallowly be grateful for some material things, but do not attribute their Source.  They are thankful only for the gifts, but not the Giver.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  -James 1:17

Once you have experienced God’s love and redeeming grace through the sacrifice of His Son, there is absolutely no way you cannot be thankful.  That is the greatest gift He has ever given us.

Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith…abounding in thanksgiving.  -Colossians 2:7

How could God spare His own perfect Son to be my propitiation and die on the cross innocently for my wretched, filthy, wicked soul, consuming the wrath of God that should have been dumped on me for all eternity?  BUT GOD (being rich in mercy!) used His Son to reconcile us to Himself, not by anything we have done, but based only on everything He has done and His righteousness!

Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free.  For God, the Just, is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me.   -Before the Throne of God Above

Do you have an ungrateful heart?  Bathe your heart thoroughly in the Gospel.  Read Ephesians 1-2 and just see if the Holy Spirit won’t make you ooze with thanksgiving!

Write it out!  Talk about what He’s done for you.  When you do really come to appreciate it, you’ll love to tell the story and want to heart it over and over again.

Thank you, Lord, for saving me to the praise of Your glorious grace!

Every day should be a Happy Thanksgiving Day in the life of one whose heart has been transformed by the Gospel!

Sarah Wainright (originally posted in 2009)

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A cornucopia of Thanksgiving links for you:

Scripture at Sunrise 11.27.2013

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!” -Psalm 107:1

“Thanksgiving only becomes thanksliving when the thanks for His vertical, coming-down grace — is expressed as a horizontal, reaching-out grace.” -Ann Voskamp

Scripture at Sunrise 11.26.2013

Your sorrow shall be turned into joy. -John 16:20

Their particular sorrow was the death and absence of their Lord, and it was turned into joy when He rose from the dead and showed Himself in their midst. All the sorrows of saints shall be thus transmuted, even the worst of them, which look as if they must forever remain fountains of bitterness.

Then the more sorrow, the more joy. If we have loads of sorrow, then the Lord’s power will turn them into tons of joy. Then the bitterer the trouble the sweeter the pleasure: the swinging of the pendulum far to the left will cause it to go all the farther to the right. The remembrance of the grief shall heighten the flavor of the delight: we shall set the one in contrast with the other, and the brilliance of the diamond shall be the more clearly seen because of the black foil behind it.

Come, my heart, cheer up! In a little while I shall be as glad as I am now gloomy. Jesus tells me that by a heavenly alchemy my sorrow shall be turned into joy. I do not see how it is to be, but I believe it, and I begin to sing by way of anticipation. This depression of spirit is not for long; I shall soon be up among the happy ones who praise the Lord day and night, and there I shall sing of the mercy which delivered me out of great afflictions.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 11.25.2013

Sunday Evening| Pastor Steve Wainright | 1 Samuel 14:47-15:11
The word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not performed My commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the Lord all night. -1 Samuel 15:10-11

Partial obedience is still disobedience. Saul did not fulfill God’s Word.

Saul was instructed to completely and utterly destroy the Amalekites. He was looking good in verses 4-7, but then in verses 8-9, Saul kept King Agag and all that he saw that was best alive. He spared the best of evil, but even the best of evil is still evil.

Weekly Announcements (November 25-December 1)

Monday, November 25
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned. Pray for the Lord to reveal truths you need to apply.
Pray for the BFM Thanksgiving Conference at New Hope Baptist Church in Dearborn Heights, Michigan (Full Details)

Tuesday, November 26
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Pray for the BFM Thanksgiving Conference at New Hope Baptist Church in Dearborn Heights, Michigan (Full Details)

Wednesday, November 27
Pray for the children of NLBC today, that they will come to know Christ as their Savior and treasure Him above all things.
7:00 p.m.- Evening Bible Study- We will continue our study in the Book of Isaiah.
Pray for the BFM Thanksgiving Conference at New Hope Baptist Church in Dearborn Heights, Michigan (Full Details)


Thursday, November 28
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.
Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 29
Pray for those at NLBC who are taking care of elderly parents at this time: strength to care for them, patience with them, and grace for the trying moments. 

Saturday, November 30
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow.  Prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, December 1
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship (Luke)
6:00 p.m.- Evening Service (1 Samuel)
Lord’s Supper during the evening service

Tuesday, December 10
Ladies’ Christmas Fellowship (more details coming soon)

Missionary of the Month
Nathan & Carrie Radford ~ You can read their latest letter on the BFM FaithWorks Blog.

**The November 2013 edition of “The New Life Insider”, our monthly newsletter, is now available. Click here to view.**

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Links of the Week: 

And…a cornucopia of Thanksgiving links for you:

Scripture at Sunrise 11.21.2013

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” -Proverbs 3:5

“Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.” -Augustine via @mikedonehey on Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 11.20.2013

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. -Matthew 6:33

“It is only when His throne is more important than yours that you will find joy in the hard & humbling task of gospel ministry.” -Paul Tripp via Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Twitter