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Thanking Your Way To A Strong Family (4 of 4)
Series: Family Foundations
OPEN: Back in the 70's, a woman wrote an article I found interesting. She said that her cousin had invited them to "Come for a thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, March 20th."
She wrote: "She was not celebrating an early Thanksgiving. She was saying that all was well with her husband, who had finished a battery of hospital tests.
"In our family," she said "we sometimes have as many as ten thanksgivings in one year.
They mark happy events for which there are no formal celebration dates: a job promotion, a graduate degree, a good medical report. Sometimes we celebrate with a dinner party, sometimes with a picnic or outing, but always with as many members of our clan as we can round up."
10 Thanksgivings a year… can you imagine what that would do to your diet???
And yet here in Colossians 3:17 we're told that 10 Thanksgivings a year would not be enough for a Christian that tried to follow Paul's advice: "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
In WHATEVER we do… every day of every year… we should be giving thanks. We should be known as a "thankful people".
In fact, Colossians 2:7 declares we should be"…overflowing with thankfulness."
And in Ephesians 5:20 we're told that we should be "…ALWAYS giving thanks to God the Father FOR EVERYTHING, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
I. We - as Christians - should be known as a thankful and grateful people.
And that should be true of us in EVERY aspect of our lives. Especially - it should be true in our homes and in how we deal with our families.
ILLUS:A few years ago Dr. Nick Stinnett of the Univ. of Nebraska conducted a series of studies in an attempt to discover what characteristics were common in strong families. He and his researchers discovered six qualities. And the first quality and one of the ...
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