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Happy Thanksgiving!

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“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.” -Psalm 103:2-4

“The thing that awakens the deepest well of gratitude in a human being is that God has forgiven sin.” -Oswald Chambers

Scripture at Sunrise 11.27.2019

“rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. -Colossians 2:7

“… abounding in thanksgiving …” (Col. 2:7) May this be a day, and week, in which we remember and relish all of God’s good gifts. -Scotty Smith via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 11.27.2014

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!” -Psalm 118:1

We give thanks to God not because of how we feel, but because of who He is. -Ann Voskamp via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 7.10.2014

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” -Colossians 2:6-7

Gratitude grows from a seed called grace. If you’re not grateful you might still be trying to earn what God freely gives. -Louie Giglio via Twitter

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

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:

Thanksgiving Story

In the mid-1800s, Sarah Josepha Hale wrote an editorial column in Godey’s Lady’s Book to persuade her fellow citizens to get Thanksgiving accepted as an American national holiday. 

(From Sarah Josepha Hale, “Editor’s Table,” Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1858)

OUR NATIONAL THANKSGIVING
“All the blessings of the fields,
All the stores the garden yields,
All the plenty summer pours,
Autumn’s rich, o’erflowing stores,
Peace, prosperity and health,
Private bliss and public wealth,
Knowledge with its gladdening streams,
Pure religion’s holier beams —
Lord, for these our souls shall raise
Grateful vows and solemn praise.”

We are most happy to agree with the large majority of the governors of the different States — as shown in their unanimity of action for several past years, and which, we hope, will this year be adopted by all — that the LAST THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER shall be the DAY Of NATIONAL THANKSGIVING for the American people. Let this day, from this time forth, as long as our Banner of Stars floats on the breeze, be the grand THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY of our nation, when the noise and tumult of wordliness may be exchanged for the laugh of happy children, the glad greetings of family reunion, and the humble gratitude of the Christian heart. This truly American Festival falls, this year on the twenty fifth day of this month.

Let us consecrate the day to benevolence of action, by sending good gifts to the poor, and doing those deeds of charity that will, for one day, make every American home the place of plenty and of rejoicing. These seasons of refreshing are of inestimable advantage to the popular heart; and if rightly managed, will greatly aid and strengthen public harmony of feeling. Let the people of all the States and Territories sit down together to the “feast of fat things,” and drink, in the sweet draught of joy and gratitude to the Divine giver of all our blessings, the pledge of renewed love to the Union, and to each other; and of peace and good-will to all men. Then the last Thursday in November will soon become the day of AMERICAN THANKSGIVING throughout the world.

[from About.com]

Scripture at Sunrise 11.25.09

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  -Ephesians 5:20

Sometimes we get in an automobile accident and come out alive and we say, “Thank you God for sparing my life.” But do you ever just thank God when you go home and you don’t have an accident? Isn’t that even better?

There was a family in a church who had heard that a fellow church member had given a significant love offering in memory of their son who died on the battlefield. On the way home, the wife said to her husband, “Why don’t we give an offering of an equal amount for our son?” He said, “Why? Our son wasn’t killed.” She said, “Don’t you think that’s a good reason to give an offering?”

What should you do? Give thanks always for all things.

[from Adrian Rogers’ Daily Treasures]