Thanksgiving According To Paul
1. As you are aware, this coming Thursday is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time-horned tradition of setting aside a day for which to be thankful. Of course, Thanksgiving means different things to different people.
a. For some it will be a time of feasting - all the great food: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. We ''gobble 'til we wobble.''
b. For some, Thanksgiving represents a 4-day vacation from work and the routine of daily grind.
c. Some people can't wait for Thanksgiving because it represents one of the biggest shopping opportunities of the year...sales everywhere.
d. Then, of course, there are the football games - non-stop football on the tube, one game after the other.
ILLUS: I'm sure it wouldn't surprise you to know that some people are pretty dedicated fans when it comes to football. It kind of reminds me of the following story.
A young man was very excited because he had just won a ticket to the Super Bowl. His excitement lessened as he realized his seat was in the back of the stadium. As he searched the rows ahead of him for a better seat, he found an empty one right next to the field. He approached the man sitting next to the empty seat and asked if it was taken. The man replied, ''No.'' Amazed, the young man asked, ''How could someone pass up a seat like this?''
The older gentleman responded, ''That's my wife's seat. We've been to every Super Bowl together since the day we were married, but she has passed away.''
''Oh, how sad,'' the young man said. ''I'm sorry to hear that, but couldn't you find a friend or relative to come with you?''
''No,'' the man said, ''They're all at the funeral.''
(HOLWICK'S ILLUSTRATION COLLECTION Number: 5210 SOURCE: Email TITLE: A True Fan AUTHOR: Submitted By Luis F. Acosta DATE: 1/27/2000)
2. If possible, I'd like to turn our attention to something of a more serious nature. This morning I want to speak to you on this subject...
1. Col. 3:15, ''And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.''
2. 1 Cor. 15:57, ''But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.''
3. 2 Cor. 9:15, ''Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.''
4. The Apostle Paul is responsible for the writing of almost half of the New Testament. Throughout his writings, you will find each book punctuated with the words, ''thanks,'' thankfulness,'' ''thankful,'' or ''thanksgiving.''
a. Quite often Paul's use of these words had to do with our being thankful or grateful - encouraging us to be in a spirit of thanksgiving; however many other times he referred to his own thankfulness.
1) As you read the book of Colossians, as well as the other parts of the New Testament, you will find one overriding thing for which he was thankful. It was his salvation (Col. 1:12, 13). ...
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