Thanksgiving occurs every day and has since creation itself. Setting aside one special day as our American Thanksgiving merely formalizes a national observance. Unfortunately, many people merely use the time as a means of feasting and celebrating without giving true thanksgiving and praise to the Creator Himself. In order to expand true thanksgiving within any group (as small as one’s family or as great as one’s community), at least one person of true faith must call others to the highest giving of thanks there can ever be: offering heartfelt praise and worship to the Lord of heaven and earth.
Universal Call to Giving Thanks Based on a Universal Cause
One of the most well known of psalms closes by focusing on the universal cause for giving thanks to the Creator and King of all creation.… Continue reading
Early in my Christian life I obtained Arthur W. Pink’s Gleanings from Paul: The Prayers of the Apostle (Moody 1967). That study of Paul’s prayers in Scripture kindled a spiritual fire in my heart and life. Paul’s example in prayer, especially in the thanks with which he begins most of his epistles, set a pattern for believers throughout the next two millennia and beyond. Paul’s admonition, “in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) certainly challenges each one of us. As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day 2016, let’s immerse ourselves in opportunities for thanksgiving that the apostle exemplifies through his epistles.… Continue reading
Thanksgiving week is here, and that means many people across our nation will stop to reflect on the things they have to be thankful for. Some will do this out of obligation; others will realize just how much God has given them and sincerely seek to express their gratitude to him.
I realize that I have countless things to be thankful for. I know that there is no limit to the depth of what God has done for me. It only remains for me to consider and respond to them.
But I thought it would be appropriate for the season, helpful for my soul, and encouraging to the church I serve, if I could take a few minutes to consider the things I am particularly thankful for in one particular role: my pastoral oversight of the church I serve.… Continue reading
Ah, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, for many, is the true beginning of the holiday season in America. These “many” have been fighting off the urge to play Christmas music or scolding everyone they know that Christmas music must never be played until the day after Thanksgiving. They do not like that every nation-wide store has been doing Christmas for a month now or more (Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart come to mind). In their minds, Christmas must wait its turn.
Now, I love Christmas. I start with one or two Christmas tunes in July-ish, then every month ramp it up until mid-November when I am full board Christmas (in fact, right now I am listening to “Christmas Time Again” by Steven Curtis Chapman).… Continue reading
Today is a special day for Americans (and those us who have been transplanted into the USA). It’s Thanksgiving. So put down your smartphone, turn off the computer and spend the rest of the weekend with real people: your family, friends and local church. Don’t worry, the internet will still be here on Monday.
Happy Thanksgiving from the guys at Parking Space 23!