21st Century Lessons from 17th Century Pilgrims
1 Chronicles 29:11-15
TEXT: 1 Chron. 29:11-15, Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.  But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.  For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
This passage is a record of David's prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God for the material blessings received in order to build the temple. It reminds us of James 1:17, that Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
I call your attention once again to the very last verse in our text, verse fifteen: For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
I would like to use this verse this morning to underscore the fact that we, like David and Israel and like the Pilgrims of old, are all travelers and sojourners here on this earth. And since this is the week of Thanksgiving, a time when we remember our forefathers-those spiritual pilgrims who came to America, I'd like to use some of the things we know about them and see if we can make some personal applications. Let's see if we can learn some ''Twenty-First Century Lessons from Seventeenth Century Pilgrims.''
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