Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Consider the Pilgrim fathers and mothers when they celebrated the first American “Thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving? How could they give thanks? They had suffered terribly on their long freedom journey which began in the English countryside and ended on the rocky coast of New England. The “Speedwell,” one of the two boats they boarded at New Amsterdam, …

Thanksgiving Read More »

Thanksgiving

As we gather together to count the Lord’s blessings on this 370th celebration of Thanksgiving, we should be thankful, despite the sea of troubles across the globe, and economic and social problems at home . . . . . . for harvests and harpists and hearths, for heart surgery, harmonicas, harp seals and health. No …

Thanksgiving Read More »

Thanksgiving

If one should give me a dish of sand, and tell me that there were particles of iron in it, I might look with my eyes for them, and search for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to find them. But let me take a magnet and sweep it, and how it would …

Thanksgiving Read More »

Thanksgiving

Thornton Wilder’s play, “Our Town,” is about the people of Grover’s Corners, a very rural, very quiet, very simple place. One of the people is “Emily” who, as you may recall dies in childbirth. In one scene, Emily is allowed to come back to earth and relive one day of her life. (Think about that! …

Thanksgiving Read More »

Thanksgiving

“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalms 136:1). Consider the Pilgrim Fathers and Mothers when they celebrated the first American “Thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving? How could they give thanks? They had suffered terribly on their long freedom-journey which began in the English countryside and ended on the …

Thanksgiving Read More »

Thanksgiving

In Raleigh, North Carolina there is a popular preacher who understands the value of expressing thanks to God. And he loves to sing. The problem is, he has a terrible singing voice. He never seems to be able to find the right pitch. Nevertheless, Sunday after Sunday, he stands in the pulpit and sings his …

Thanksgiving Read More »

Thanksgiving

From the popular “New Collection of Children’s Letters to God” are two expressions of thanks. Dear God: Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. Signed,Joyce Dear God: If you let the dinosaur not be extinct we would not have a country. You did the right thing. Thank you. …

Thanksgiving Read More »

Children | Family | Moms | Mother | Perspective | Pilgrims | Thanks | Thanksgiving | Value

MOM KNOWS Before Thanksgiving a teacher was describing to her second-graders the hardships of the Pilgrims during their first winter. She emphasized how difficult life was for them — shortage of food and clothing — difficult to take care of the family. In the midst of her story a little boy raised his hand and …

Children | Family | Moms | Mother | Perspective | Pilgrims | Thanks | Thanksgiving | Value Read More »

Attitude | Communication | Encouragement | Ideas | Praise | Prayer | Thanks | Thanksgiving

POSITIVE COMMUNICATION Check out your communication patterns. How much of your communication with God includes genuine praise and thanksgiving, adoration and gratitude? Are you light on these factors and heavy on the problems and needs you and others have? When you talk to others, how would you rate yourself in terms of the positive? How …

Attitude | Communication | Encouragement | Ideas | Praise | Prayer | Thanks | Thanksgiving Read More »

Blessing | Grace | Praise | Prayer | Thanks | Thanksgiving

DEFINING THANKSGIVING …along with praise, comes thanksgiving. sometimes in the Scriptures, thanksgiving is used interchangeably with praise. When it is used distinctively, praise usually focuses on expressing homage, admiration, and approval of God’s character and works. Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is acknowledging a divine favor. You praise God whether He blesses you or not, …

Blessing | Grace | Praise | Prayer | Thanks | Thanksgiving Read More »

Blessing | Humor | Perspective | Praise | Thanks | Thanksgiving

REASONS FOR THANKS This Thanksgiving I’m thankful… That there aren’t twice as many Congressman and half as many doctors. That grass doesn’t grow through snow, necessitating winter mowing as well as shoveling. That there are only twenty-four hours available each day for TV programming. That civil servants aren’t less civil. That teenagers ultimately will have …

Blessing | Humor | Perspective | Praise | Thanks | Thanksgiving Read More »

Attitude | Failure | Gratitude | Health | Praise | Risk | Self | Thanks | Thanksgiving

NEVER THANKED On September 8, 1860, the Lady Elgin sank in Lake Michigan. A young ministerial student named Edward Spencer dove repeatedly into the icy waters and rescued seventeen people. The prolonged exposure permanently damaged his health, however, and he was unable to complete his studies. Some years later at his funeral it was noted …

Attitude | Failure | Gratitude | Health | Praise | Risk | Self | Thanks | Thanksgiving Read More »

Scroll to Top

SIGN-UP FOR FREE SERMON RESOURCES