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Msg #1747 Thanksgiving

Msg #1747 Thanksgiving

What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Msg #1747 Thanksgiving

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

 

The Bible reveals a couple interesting things about our thanksgiving. For the Bible believer thanksgiving is not a mere suggestion. Philippians four connects it to a peace that passes all understandings. The Psalmist reveals its spontaneity in a quickened soul, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4). But the Bible makes mentions of the sacrifice of thanksgiving, “And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. ... I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. ... By him (Christ) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Psalm 107:22, 116:7, Hebrews 13:15). Recall that King David said he would not offer a sacrifice “which doth cost me nothing” (2Samuel 24:24). Thanksgiving is commanded, has great promise attached, and is often spontaneous, but sometimes it might be a sacrifice that costs you something. Note also that its lack is one of the steps that spirals us down and away from our God. Romans chapter one describes that spiraling stairway, but note that first God shows man as being without excuse. God does not believe in atheists. Every man knows internally about the Godhead and the wrath he is deserving of (Rom 1:18-20). So the staircase has a top step, “When they knew God,” a first step down, “they glorified him not as God,” and the next step down, which holds our attention here, “neither were thankful.” This stairway spirals down to a pretty disturbing depth of depravity, but this week just focus on this one step, and don't even go there. Happy Thanksgiving.

 

An Essay for week #47 Nov 19, 2017

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