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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Count on Thanksgiving
Topic: Thanksgiving

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. (Psalms 95:2 KJV)

 

We often count the blessing that God gave us. Most of us can testify how God gave us job promotion, purchasing new houses, receiving extra money from Social Security, and so on. These things are good to share with your family, church, and co-workers. But do we thank God for all the things that He had done in our lives?

 

Paul said in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He didn’t need to put Jesus on the cross for your and my sins. But He did it with the price that we cannot pay Him back. I thank God that He took me out from the orphanage and brought me into the next chapter of my life and faith. Even though I have a disability and living as a single man, God has not ever failed me. There has time that I put Him in the box, but He hasn’t put me in a corner alone that I could go through the obstacle myself.

 

Most Americans recognize God as a genie in the magic bottle. Even though He is our Father, we need to work our relationship with Him. It is not enough for us to go to the church once a week or for Christmas or Easter. We need to connect with God daily through reading the Bible, prayer, while we are working, or whatever we are doing during the 24-hour period.

 

Thanksgiving reflects our relationships with God and people.


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Thursday, November 26, 2009
What Do You Thank For?
Topic: Thanksgiving

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-7 KJV)

What do you think for? We have a lot of thank for that we received in our lives, such as material things. But sometimes, we often forget to give thank to our God. The word blessing is misinterpreting in Christian churches.

Too many televangelists use the word “blessing” is to get something from God rather than just satisfying things we have. Israelites blamed God and Moses after they escaped from Egyptians. They wanted to receive comfortable life rather than working out their problems. They did not like to listen to Moses because it was too long process to follow God’s direction to make to the Promise Land. Instead, they made themselves the golden image of god to make a new religion.

This is the time for the holiday season. Many people are busy to get ready for holidays. It is so easy for us to busy ourselves to be ready for holidays. We may have to buy Christmas tree and decorations and gifts for our people. Without realizing that most Christian holidays arrived from the pagan religion, we would begin ourselves busy to celebrate this holiday with our families and churches.

As we are celebrating this holiday season, we should thank God for everything that He had done for us. What He had done for you in this year? Take a moment to thank God for everything He had provided in your life.


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Sunday, November 18, 2007
Give Thinks to Our Creator
Topic: Thanksgiving

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. (Psalm 26:7 KJV)

In Open Bible says, “Todah is a noun, translated ‘thanksgiving,’ derived from the verb yadah, meaning ‘thank.’ In some instances praise was given to the Lord by acknowledging and abandoning sin. This is seen in the story of Achan, when Joshua urges him to ‘give glory to the Lord God of Israel , and make confession to Him’ (Josh. 7:19). Most often, however, thanksgiving is given to God in songs of liturgical worship. Examples of places where this specific term is used include Ps. 26:7, Ps. 42:4, 5, and Jon. 2:10. Sometimes thanksgiving is expressed by a choir and procession, such as the one described in Neh. 12:31. There is also thanksgiving given with the thank offering in Lev. 7:12 and Amos 4:5. (Strong’s #8426)”


What do you thanks for this Thanksgiving? Many of us may believe that Thanksgiving means to celebrate the harvest that happened in four century ago in the United States . Even though this may correct historical tradition in our country, thanksgiving originally began all the way back to Genesis. Noah, for example, gave a thank to God by giving Him a burnt offering after him and his family were freed from the ark.


Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be in specific date or making a delicious family dinner, because it’s all about relationship with God and people. There are no greater gifts we could receive than our connection with God and our people daily.


What do you thank for? Is your healing from God? Is your job promotion from your boss? Is your new car from the car dealership? Whatever we want to thank for, we must first give thank and honor to our Heavenly Father. There is no one who can better understand each of us, except God. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us, “Before I (God) formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”


We then give thank to our people. There is right time to give thank to our people first, but this also goes to God also.


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Saturday, November 18, 2006
Let’s Make Joyful Thanksgiving Noise
Topic: Thanksgiving
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. (Psalm 95:2 KJV)

What is your meaning of Thanksgiving Day? Every once a year, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day with our family members and friends around the dinner table. On the dinner table, we have a lot of goodies to eat what God has given to us. We also have time for sharing what we thank for.

If that is your way to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, then you would miss the whole lots of other things. Psalm 95:2 tells us that there is a joyful noise as we go to in the presence of the Lord with open our heats to give Him thanks. Thanksgiving was not about having a big piece of turkey in our stomachs. Or it’s just not about family comes gather together to spend their time each other to chat. We, as American Christians, might have missed the point. Although there might be pagan meaning of Thanksgiving Day, we should remember that we should need to thank God in the first place of our hearts and minds. He created us and the world where we can dwell on the land that God gave us. Although God doesn’t need anything from us, He deserved for us to give Him praise and bring glory to Him.

Why not to stop what we are doing and begin to thank God what He has done to you. He is worthy of praise.

GIVE THANKS
WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
GIVE THANKS
TO THE HOLY ONE
GIVE THANKS
FOR HE'S GIVEN
JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON
(X2)

AND NOW LET THE WEAK SAY
I AM STRONG
LET THE POOR SAY
I AM RICH
BECAUSE OF WHAT
THE LORD HAS DONE
FOR US
(X2)
GIVE THANKS...


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