by Jerry Vines

A Thanksgiving Message
Jerry Vines
Psalm 103

This is going to be a testimony as much as it is going to be a message. I hope it will be a message that gets us all ready to thank the Lord together on Thursday.

The first Thanksgiving Day was held in 1621 when the pilgrims, after a very difficult and trying winter, gathered together for a day of thanksgiving and eating and fellowshipping to thank the Lord for His blessings.

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln declared it a national day of thanksgiving in the midst of troubled times. In the midst of tragedies going on in our countries, he called the people together for a national day of thanksgiving.

Since that time, every year on Thanksgiving, as a nation, we have gathered with our families on Thanksgiving Day, a day that has been set aside to express our gratitude and our thanks and our appreciation to God for all of His blessings to us.

I have often wondered why the Atheists have never objected to Thanksgiving Day. They get mad about all the other days. They don't like Christmas. They don't like Easter. I have never heard the Atheists complain about Thanksgiving Day.

Probably the most uncomfortable time in the life of an Atheist is when he feels thankful and doesn't have anybody to give thanks to.

Thanksgiving is a special day. Thanksgiving is more than just a day. The Bible teaches that thanksgiving is a duty. Turn to Psalm 100, verse 4. ''Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise. Be thankful unto him and bless his name.'' The Bible commands us to give thanks unto the Lord.

It is not only a duty, it is also a delight. Look at Psalm 105, verse 1. ''O give thanks unto the Lord. Call upon his name. Make known his deeds among the people.'' Thanksgiving is not only something we are commanded to do, but thanksgiving is also a delight. It's something that we have the opportunity to do.

I have mentioned to you numerous times, but I think it needs to be mentioned again. Among ...

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