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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"Days of Thanks"

"Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 7:12

First Thanksgiving



To All Ye Pilgrims:  Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings. (William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony)

This is the first declaration of an appointed Thanksgiving to God in this country.  Through the last four hundred years, there have been so many blessings for which we as a people have to be thankful.  Ingratitude is a great sin.  It is a sin against the graciousness and the goodness of our God.  He has blessed us beyond our wildest dreams, and so often we fail to return our thanks.

I wish to declare the remaining days of this month to be “Days of Thanks” for our church family to observe.  We will dedicate ourselves to thank God for His manifold blessings, and to thank others for being a blessing to us as well.  For the remainder of the month, we will openly express our “gratitude attitude” to all those around us.  There are several ways we can do this:

1.   At home we will openly display something or someone for which we are grateful.  This can be done on a chalkboard or refrigerator notepad, etc.  This will be placed where all the members of the family can add to it each day.

2.   At church we will find someone every service to express verbally our gratefulness to. You can give them a note or a small gift, or just a word of thanks for what they mean to you.

3.   In your personal time, you will thank God every day for something He has done for you. This can be done in private prayer time, and in family prayer time.

I am asking every member of our church to commit to these simple steps and thereby cultivate a “gratitude attitude” this month and beyond.

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Previous devotions

"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013

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