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Be Thankful! (6 of 7)
Series: The Church's Stance While Awaiting Christ's Return
1 Thess. 5:18; Dan. 6:10; Eph. 5:20; Rom. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:2; Philip. 1:3-6
INTRO: One of the most important qualities we can develop as a Christian is that of ''Thankfulness!'' There are few characteristics that will influence our lives more than this one, it can affect every area of our lives positively if we are careful to nurture it in our life! For the Christian this characteristic should not be an option - this is to be a quality that defines us in this world!
ILLUS: In 1636 amid the darkness of the ''THIRTY YEARS WAR'' a German Pastor by the name of Martin Rinkart faced the horrible duty of burying in one single year 5,000 of his parishioners!! He averaged 15 funerals a day for a year! His congregation was ravaged by war, death, and economic disaster on a scale you and I can't even imagine! In the midst of that darkness he sat down one night with cries of fear outside his window and wrote the following table grace: [SEE HYMN ... first verse!] ''Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom His world rejoices; Who, from our mother's arm, hath blessed us on our way, With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today!'' Here was a man of God who understood the absolute necessity of ''THANKFULNESS'' in the Christian life even in the midst of great suffering ... it kept balance in all the darkness! - Source Unknown
You will never be the Christian you need to be without ''THANKFULNESS'' as a major quality of your life!!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches that ''THANKFULNESS'' is the normal quality of a Christian's life, without it our Christianity would be warped and unproductive!
I. WHEN WE GIVE THANKS 1 Thess. 5:18a; Dan. 6:10; Eph. 5:20
A. Immediate! 1 Thess. 5:18a; Dan. 6:10
1. Many times we offer thanksgiving to God only after our prayers have been answered!
a. It is interesting to note that ...
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