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Thanksgiving (not the holiday)

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Few things are more important than thanksgiving in the life of a believer, not the holiday, but an attitude of thankfulness. Nothing will go further in refreshing our spirits and renewing our hearts than giving thanks. At the conclusion of his letter to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul says, ...give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ( 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV ) “Give thanks in all circumstances” is also translated “In everything give thanks.” This command is strengthened by the phrase that follows, “for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Let’s consider a few other places where the Apostle Paul includes thanksgiving in his writings. thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, ( Ephesians 5:20 ESV ) And, not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requ


John 14:25-31 Many things trouble us. How about that Corona Virus? Will I be able to pay the bills this month? Will I have enough set aside by the time I reach retirement? I wonder if this bump under my skin is something to worry about? Will I pass the history exam tomorrow? Will I get enough scholarships and financial aid to pay for college? Will I be able to pay off my student loans? Will I lose my job in this economy? Will my basement flood in the rains this spring? The worry list is endless and the list is as varied as we are as individuals. What I worry about may not worry you at all, and I may not have any clue as to what worries you. But, one thing we have in common, we live in a world full of trouble. The Apostles were not strangers to trouble. Jesus spent His last night, the night that He was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, with His closest disciples. We call this time the Last Supper, and at this time Jesus told His disciples s


Genesis 2:1-3 Titus 3:3 says: For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. ( Titus 3:3 ESV ) This verse describes the condition of humanity. Most of us do not like to be described as foolish, led astray and slaves. However, our society reflects the facts of our foolishness and slavery. Our world also reflects the malice, envy and hatred of which this verse speaks.  Our world is rapidly changing. Technology is one evidence of rapid change. Cell phones, televisions and computers grow in capacity, speed and function with every new model. However, this growth in technology has not relieved us of our foolishness and has only increased our slavery to various passions and pleasures. We cannot solve our problems. Conditions seem to go from bad to worse. But there is hope! Titus 3:4-5 says: But when the kindness and the love of God our S