1. Thanksgiving means that attention is directed toward God, who is the benevolent Giver of all good things. “All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change” Jas 1.17 NET.

  2. It means I acknowledge that I am blessed profusely, and that with great blessing comes great responsibility. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked” Lk 12.48b.

  3. It means a powerful swell of positive emotion when thinking back about how God has guided my life. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” Rom 8.28 NLT.

  4. Thanksgiving Day means love for family, even though we are continents apart, with gratitude for the faithfulness of our children to the Way. “I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth” 3 Jn 4.

  5. It means a focus on what is truly and eternally important in life. “But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well” Mt 6.33 CEV. “Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]” Col 3.2 AMP.

  6. It means the enjoyment of simple things like food and drink and bed and home, “that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creation of God is good and no food is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer” 1 Tim 4.3-5.

  7. Thanksgiving Day means a national heritage that recognizes the Creator as the basis of a just nation. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” Pro 14.34.


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  1. Thanksgiving

    2015-11-26

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    James Randal Matheny

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    Thank you, God for being the benevolent Giver of all good things, from whom is all generous giving and every perfect gift.
    Thank you for blessing me profusely and entrusting me with great responsibility.
    Thank you for guiding my life and making all things work together for good.
    Thank you for family and for our children walking in the truth.
    Thank you for giving me the focus on what is truly and eternally important in life, for keeping my mind set upon things above.
    Thank you for the enjoyment of simple things like food and drink and bed and home, that you created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
    Thank you for a national heritage that recognizes you, the Creator, as the basis of a just nation.
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  2. A blessed and joyful day of thanksgiving to all today, for you and your loved ones. Much to be grateful for. On my personal site, I shared just now “7 Things that Thanksgiving Day Means to Me.” On those seven things today’s prayer was based as well.
    This is the kind of list to check twice, is it not, the list of blessings?
    On my list of blessings are the Fellows and their contributions to TFR.
    One of the great blessed to be thankful for is our eternal salvation. Another is the amazing privilege of participation that God has given us in taking the gospel to the world. Why trust us with this great task? Because he loves us! He wants us to share in the most powerful and intimate work of all, that of ushering others into the presence of the Almighty.
    God also wants to show us how his power is active in us not only to save us, but to save others. He is ours for life and godliness, and for service and mission.
    We can be thankful, also, that God is inclusive: He accepts any and all who are willing to repent and to submit to his will. He cares not what evil we have done, nor what pain or struggles are ours, nor what impulses or dark desires our heart hides. The invitation of the Sovereign goes out into the highways and byways, into the four-lanes and alleys, into the hi-end gated communities and into the favelas.
    We are thankful that God is not shocked by our sins, but provides for us, in Christ, with a means of forgiveness, with a power for holiness, with provision for extending this peacemaking further out beyond ourselves. The Lord brings us in, and turns us into his rescue crew.
    This, my dear friends, is fellowship to be thankful for.
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