Sacrifices of Thanksgiving
I want you to take your Bibles and open, if you would, to Psalm 107 for our Thanksgiving message. "Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing." I want us to think tonight on the sacrifices of thanksgiving. Perhaps there are greater sins than the sin of ungratefulness, but I don't believe there is an uglier sin than the sin of ungratefulness. I'm not a great student of Shakespeare. Of course, I'm like the rest of us, I've been exposed to Shakespeare, but here's what Shakespeare had to say about the sin of ingratitude. Shakespeare said, "I hate ingratitude more than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or any cant of vice whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood." And then again he said, "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." Now that's what Shakespeare said.
Let me tell you what Milton said, and I want you to listen very carefully to what the great poet Milton said. He said, "He that is ungrateful has no guilt but one, for all other crimes may pass for virtues with that man." That is if you are ungrateful, dear friend, everything else about you, even if it's a crime, may seem good if you have an ungrateful heart.
Again, I want to remind you of what our psalmist has said, "Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with thanksgiving." How good and how great God has been to us. Look at verse two again. "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy."
How good God has been to us here at Bellevue Baptist Church. Now, tonight, as we come to this season of Thanksgiving in this harvest celebration, I want to give you five ways that you can turn your Thanksgiving into Thanks-living. Okay?
Now the Bible says here that we're to offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and I want to mention five sacrifices, five spiritual sacrifices that we can make. And we're going to take the Word of God and we're going to look through the Bible, and five times you're going to find out how God links our relationship to Him to sacrifice. Now in the Old Testament, they sacrificed animals; they sacrificed fruit and grain. We don't do that in the New Testament. But the Bible teaches that we're to offer spiritual sacrifices. Turn with me for example to I Peter 2 and look with me for just a moment in verses three and following. First Peter 2:3, "If so be that you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, you also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." So the Bible in the Old Testament and in the New Testament tells us that we're to offer spiritual sacrifices.
I'm going to give you five of them tonight, five spiritual sacrifices, sacrifices of thanksg ...
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