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Let's Talk Turkey

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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“Rest and be thankful.” – William Wordsworth

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is next week. Like always, I will spend the holiday with my family. We will eat delicious food, watch football, and express thanks for all we have. When I reflect over my year in particular, I have much for which to be thankful. A home, a new career, and a growing family are just a few blessings on the list. Giving thanks, though, is only rational if there is a source of those blessings. If not, we would only be commending ourselves for what we had accomplished in the course of the year.

Yet, we know that God is the great provider. He is the source of everything we possess and experience. Scripture reminds us of this frequently, and it gives a prompting for our thanksgiving in each scenario.
We are to be thankful when we approach God, when we come into His presence. Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!”

The character of God drives us toward thanks. Psalm 106:1 reads, “Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”

God is our provision and our protection. Psalm 28:7 proclaims, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Most importantly, we are to thank God because He has conquered sin and death.

I Corinthians 15:57 declares, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 3:15-17

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:15-17

- Christopher Glading, Director of Programs and Publicity

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