A Christian's Grounds For Gratitude by Frank Pollard

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TITLE: A CHRISTIAN'S GROUNDS FOR GRATITUDE -
PHILIPPIANS 1
SOMETIMES WE HAVE A WAY OF FORGETTING THANKSGIVING AS
SOON AS THE TURKEY IS COLD, AND WE START LOOKING FORWARD TO
CHRISTMAS. BUT, LET'S YOU AND I HOLD ON TO THIS
THANKSGIVING IDEA AT LEAST TWENTY MINUTES LONGER. IN
SEARCHING FOR A THANKSGIVING STATEMENT IN GOD'S WORD, I
MADE ONE OF THOSE DISCOVERIES THAT PEOPLE WHO READ THE
BIBLE REGULARLY KNOW ABOUT. ALWAYS THERE IS SOME TRUTH
BEFORE UNNOTICED, A DIAMOND NEVER BEFORE DISCOVERED IN
THOSE OFT TRAVELED PAGES OF GOD'S WORD. AND THIS IS IT,
T-THE WHOLE NEW TESTAMENT IS BATHED IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF
THANKSGIVING AND GRATITUDE.
THE STORY BEGINS IN THANKSGIVING. THE FIRST CHAPTER
OF LUKE RECORDS THE PRAISE SONG OF MARY WHEN SHE LEARNS
THAT SHE IS CHOSEN OF GOD TO BEAR THE CHRIST CHILD. THIS
PRAISE TO GOD IS OFFERED IN AN ATTITUDE OF JOYOUS
THANKSGIVING. THE LIFE OF CHRIST WAS SAVORED IN GRATITUDE.
OVER AND AGAIN THE MASTER WOULD BEGIN HIS PRAYERS BY SAYING,
"I THANK YOU FATHER.' EVEN THE CROSS, WITH ALL ITS
INJUSTICE AND AGONY, WAS BORN BY A SAVIOR WHO WAS GRATEFUL
TO HAVE THE PRIVILEDGE TO SAVE OUR SOULS. THE BIBLE STATES:
"JESUS, WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM, ENDURED THE
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CROSS,. THE THANKSGIVING THEME IN THE NEW TESTAMENT DOES
NOT END WITH THE EARTHILY LIFE OF JESUS. IT CONTINUES
THROUGH THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. AMAZING WAS THE GRATITUDE
THAT RADIATED FROM THE LIVES OF THESE PEOPLE OF ACTION.
ACTS 5 IS AN EXAMPLE. THE CLOSING VERSES RECORD THAT GOD'S
MEN WERE CAPTURED, BEATEN, IMPRISONED, BROUGHT BEFORE THE
HIGHEST JEWISH COURT, AND THREATENED WITH THEIR LIVES IF
THEY CONTINUED TO PREACH ABOUT CHRIST. UPON THEIR RELEASE
THEY DID NOT RUN AND HIDE OR LEAVE TOWN. THEY WENT BACK TO
THE SAME PLACE THEY WERE FIRST ARRESTED AND TOLD THE SAME
PEOPLE THE SAME STORY ABOUT JESUS CHRIST WHO COULD SAVE
THEIR SOULS. THE WORD STATES, "AND THEY DEPARTED FROM THE
PRESENCE OF THE COUNSEL, REJOICING THAT ...


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