1 Thessalonians 5:18  In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

In the classic autobiography, The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom tells of her sufferings at the hands of the Nazis during the evil reign of Adolph Hitler. Corrie and her sister, Betsie, were incarcerated at the Nazi concentration camp, Ravensbruck, and experienced terrible atrocities there. On one occasion, they were forced to disrobe before the German soldiers. In that awful, humiliating moment, an amazing discovery came to Corrie’s mind: “They took Jesus’ clothes too. He hung naked for me.” When she relayed that wondrous thought to Betsie, she gasped and said, “Oh, Corrie, and I never thanked Him for it.” 

One of the things that made Corrie and Betsie such dynamic Christians was the fact that the chose to see life from God’s perspective. In the worst of situations, they found new insights to praise and thank God.

The Bible tells us that we are to give thanks in everything, the good things AND the bad things. In Psalm 50:23, God says, “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me.” In the hard times, thanksgiving is difficult. It is definitely a sacrifice to thank God in a Nazi concentration camp, but it is so very necessary. Thanksgiving honors God, and when you and I honor God, He honors us (1 Samuel 2:30).

How is your thanksgiving factor? Are you facing tough times? Have you been griping and complaining about the things in your life that are hard, lonely and frustrating? Why not try praising and thanking God for your difficulty.  He knows about it, He is over it, and He cares for you. Without question, He has a purpose in every trial and tribulation. Start today to live a life of thanksgiving. If you will do it, I promise you on the authority of the Word of God, your attitude will change, the people around you will be blessed, and Jesus Christ will be glorified and honored. Believing you will have a Happy Thanksgiving….

General Fund  $3770

     (This amount contains money given for the deductible on the air conditioners)

Andy Williams sang it about as well as anybody when he sang this lyric – “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”…for me the next 40 days have no equal….maybe for you it will kick off with Thanksgiving Dinner….This Sunday following our Celebration Service, everyone is invited to share our 2018 Thanksgiving Dinner.  Bro Jerry will leave just before service ends to get the food.  He will be bringing in 100 pieces of fried chicken – mashed potatoes – green-beans & rolls.  The Church is providing this portion of the meal.

Congregation is challenged to compliment the meal with a side dish, a desert, or drink…..

There are enough tables now that everyone will be able to be seated….there will be enough food for you to invite a friend…..

Because of the Big Thanksgiving Meal on Sunday this week, this Saturday night we will have finger food & dessert.  I’ll provide the finger food – YOU provide the dessert and/or drink.  Maybe several of you who are regular Saturday night attenders want to wait till worshiping on Sunday and be present for the Big Thanksgiving Dinner — that would be encouraged – but it will be YOUR call.

·     Let’s lift up the 4 families who lost loved ones in the terrible crash Wednesday on I-70 at the Route Z exit…

·     Please pray for things in California – from the massacre at the bar – to the families – homes – pets lost in the wildfire

·     Let’s pray for a revival of repentance in our city – whereby sin, corruption, disinterest in spiritual matters reign throughout

·     Let’s pray for safe travel for those who we will be traveling throughout the holidays – that travelers will be safe and have wonderful fellowship with family & friends.

·     Recovering from Surgery:

**Rita Fleenor – rotator cuff

**Jerry Nobel’s brother – knee replacement

·     Sister Dixie had another cancer treatment today (Wednesday) trusting the treatment is effective and will eradicate the cancer cells and promote good health

·     Good to see Joy Weir back with us and feeling stronger

·     Let us give thanks that God placed a desire on a members heart to give sufficient funds to cover the deductible for our Air Conditioners

Next Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving our men’s D-Group will meet at Cracker-Barrel at 6:45 AM — thought they would want to skip this week, but it was unanimous to meet……calling all men– why don’t you join us for fellowship, prayer, discipleship, and a great breakfast.

Lord, teach me to offer you a heart of thanksgiving and praise in all my daily experiences of life. My desire is for you to have pleasure as you observe your servant. By the power of Your name and Blood continue to defeat the enemy who desires my destruction. Help me be as the Apostle Paul….content in all circumstances.  

Jesus, you always obeyed your Father without complaint taking on our flesh when you traversed our earth.  When I complain or compare myself to others, allow the Holy Spirit to bring deep conviction to my heart.  Jesus, there is no doubt Your truth only dwells in a thankful heart.  

Psalm 7:17-18:1  ‘I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens’  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Thanksgiving Day Quotes 

·      “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

·       “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” – Henry David Thoreau

·       “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”  – Harry Ironside

·      There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

·       “Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.” – A.W. Tozer

·       “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton

·      The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” – Henry Ward Beecher

·      “The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reason for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long.” – Warren W. Wiersbe

As fallen men, even redeemed fallen men, we will struggle to be consistently content.  Over time our hearts will wander – we will at times flirt with idolatry – so the only way we can be truly content is to be and remain in Christ.  As Calvin famously put it, the human heart manufactures idols day and night every day. Still, we pray for contentment and, like Paul in Philippians 4:11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.

 As we grow in our Christian contentment 4 things ought to true of me….

•    I will exhibit a deeper love for God’s Word.

•    I will exhibit a deeper and more mature love for Christ’s church.

•    I will not fall apart when adversity comes.

•    I will want others to know the blessings of godliness with contentment.