Always Thankful (3 of 3) by Ken Trivette

Always Thankful (3 of 3)
Series: A Thankful Heart
Ken Trivette
1 Thessalonians 5:18, Ephesians 5:20


Outline

1. THANKFULNESS THAT IS COMMANDED

a) How Thoughtful We Should Be
b) How Thankful We Should Be

2. THANKFULNESS THAT IS CONTINUAL

a) Unceasing Thanksgiving
b) Uninhibited Thanksgiving

3. THANKFULNESS THAT IS COMPREHENSIVE

a) ''For All Things'' We Have God's Purpose
b) ''In All Things'' We Have God's Presence

On December 4, 1619, a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred, about 20 miles from Jamestown. Their charter stated that the day their ship arrived ''shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.'' Since then, throughout our nation's history, we as a nation have regularly observed a national day of Thanksgiving. In the present, it is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November as set by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1939.

As Christians, Thanksgiving is more than a day to be observed, it is a way in which we are to live. The Scripture tells us that we are to always be thankful. Our texts read, ''In everything give thanks'' and ''Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.''

For a few weeks we have been thinking about being thankful. I want to bring one more message on the subject. Today, I want to let the Scripture remind us how we are to always be thankful. First, let's take the two verses together and think of how:

1. THANKFULNESS THAT IS COMMANDED

The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to ''give thanks.'' Likewise in Ephesians 5:20 the Bible speaks of ''Giving thanks.'' The first thing we need to understand about being thankful is that we are commanded by God to be thankful. Neither 1 Thessalonians 5:18 or Ephesians 5:20 are recommendations or suggestions. They are commands! We are to be thankful!

The command to be thankful reminds us of:

A) How Thoughtful We Should Be

The root of the ...


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