Sunday, November 18, 2018


Thanksgiving = America's most celebrated holiday!
92% of ppl. have a special family gathering and meal
83% offer special grace @ that meal.

Because:  (1)  We're blessed - as individuals, as a nation

                (2)  We (inherently) know it!  (even without counting/listing blessings!

                (3)  We know we ought to SAY SO!!  - thanks are due.  People inherently know that blessings come from beyond us.

Thanksgiving = time to (1)  Recognize our blessings
                               to (2)  Recognize the Blesser - (ie:  the source of the blessings)
        Example:  David's prayer - 1 Chron. 29:14, Deut. 8:17-18
Contrast with:  Rom. 1:18-21 - Refusal to recognize Source of blessing leads to (a form of) depravity!
(definition:  moral corruption, wickedness, degeneracy, indecency..)

Numerous studies indicate that showing appreciation, expressing gratitude, acknowledging goodness in my life has Positive Effects!! - physical health, mental health, relational health, attitude, outlook, expectation
Therefore:  1 Thess. 5:18

Is clear we should (1)  develop a grateful heart - attitude
                            (2) give thanks - action
                            (3) develop a habit of thanksgiving

#1.  Develop a Grateful Heart  = An Attitude of Gratitude
How to develop that??
      (1)  focus/ "think on" - Phil. 4:8
      (2)  count  (list your blessings --- literally!!)
Give time and thought to this.

#2.   Give thanks - biblical references of "give thanks" to "be thankful" - 50:1
       Verbal thanks = (1) an offering  Psm. 50:23, Heb. 13:15
Bible is HUGE on "Give Thanks"
can be  (2)  a sacrifice  (ie:  costs)  - 1 Thess. 5:18

#3.    Develop a habit of thanksgiving
Illustration:  contrast with "habit of complaint"  - Psm. 107:1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 21-22, 31-32, 43

#4.  (attempt to..) inspire others through thanksgiving 
Example:  saying grace in public place
To inspire Thanksgiving = to inspire Worship
To inspire Worship = connect people to God

On one hand, special Thanksgiving meal, prayer, focus, wristband = good thing!!
However, we know it should be year around!!

Closing Scripture:  Psm. 106:1-2, 47-48

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