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Prepare for Thanksgiving at Cornerstone THIS Sunday – November 20!

thanks-3Americans realize that they have much for which to be thankful.  In a study conducted by LifeWay Research , it was discovered that “Most Americans are thankful for family (88 percent), health (77 percent), personal freedom (72 percent) and friends (71 percent).  Fewer give thanks for wealth (32 percent) or achievements (51 percent).”

The executive director of LIfeWay Research, Scott McConnell said, “The blessings that matter most are the ones money can’t buy.”  While the range of gratitude shifted depending on demographics, gender, race, education and age, the study of 1,000 participants chosen randomly by scientific selection of telephone number and residential addresses showed that God still gets a lot of the credit for the blessings of life.  Almost two-thirds of those surveyed said that they gave thanks to God on Thanksgiving day.  Fifty-seven percent gave thanks to their family while thirty-one percent thanked their friends.  Of the remaining twelve percent, eight percent thanked themselves and rest thanked fate.  Unfortunately, seven percent of Americans don’t celebrate on that day.  Four percent don’t thank God or anything else.

And yet, the Bible has some important instructions for us:

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Philippians 4:6

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

1 Timothy 2:1

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

“In everything” and “first of all” are important words to notice in these verses with regard to praise.  Why is it so important to give thanks?  Why should we be thankful about everything and in every circumstance?  First, we should be thankful because it honors God.  2 Corinthians 4:15 says, “15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.”  Second, we should be thankful because it is commanded in Scripture.  Psalm 100:4 says, “4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”  And 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “It is the will of God, “18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  On the negative side we must consider a third reason for giving thanks.  There are dangerous consequences connected with thanklessness.  One major consequence is that it dishonors God.   Romans 1:21 says,  “21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

 

 

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