The Offering of Thanksgiving by Jerry Vines

The Offering of Thanksgiving
Jerry Vines
Psalms 116:17


I'm praying God will use this message to help you and me as we prepare ourselves for the observance of Thanksgiving.

Does it seem like 2003 has gone just like that? Here we are in the last days of the month of November, moving into December, coming to Thanksgiving. One month later we will be going into Christmas. God willing we will be moving into 2004. Time flies!

''I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call upon the name of the Lord (Psalm 116:17).''

This coming Thursday, for the 140th time, our nation as a nation, will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Probably the first Thanksgiving feast was observed in 1621 when the pilgrims, after a very difficult time, gathered together. They brought their food and lifted their hearts in thanksgiving and prayer to God. That was probably the first Thanksgiving.

In 1863 President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday for us to gather in our churches and to gather as families and corporately as a nation express our thanksgiving to God for all His blessings.

I've often wondered why the secularists in our society have not protested Thanksgiving. They've objected to just about everything else we Christians have. They don't want us to observe Christmas. They certainly don't want Jesus to be mentioned at Christmas time, which celebrates His birth. Somebody was born at Christmas time but they don't want you to say who it was. The secularists don't seem to protest Thanksgiving Day. Maybe it's because they have some sense of thanksgiving. It seems to me that in an Atheistic, secularist culture probably the most uncomfortable moment they feel is to feel grateful and have nobody to thank. But those of us who believe in the Lord gather on Thanksgiving as a national day.

Thanksgiving is not just a national day, it is a spiritual duty. The Bible teaches us that we are to be thankful. In the Old Testament you read verse after ver ...


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