by Steve Wagers

A Disgrace to God's Grace!
Steve N. Wagers
Luke 17:17
April 9, 2006

Sermon Outline
1. Grace that was DEMANDED!
A. Their Defiled Condition
B. Their Desperate Cry
C. Their Divine Cleansing
2. Grace that was DECLARED!
A. A Public Expression of Gratitude
B. A Personal Expression of Gratitude
3. Grace that was DESPISED!
A. A Thoughtless Heart
B. A Thankless Heart

Since November 26, 1941, the fourth Thursday in November has been observed as a national day of Thanksgiving. Why we as a nation celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November is an interesting story. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed two national days of thanksgiving. One was on August 6, to honor Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg. The second was on November 26, the last Thursday of the month, to celebrate a year "filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies."

Lincoln didn't intend to make Thanksgiving an annual event, but when General Sherman captured Atlanta in September 1864, the president proclaimed the last Thursday in November a day of thanksgiving for the second year in a row. After Lincoln was
Assassinated, succeeding presidents turned it into a tradition in his honor. By the late 1890's, the last Thursday in November was celebrated as Thanksgiving by nearly every state in the Union.
The move from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday finds its roots going back to 1939. You see, Thanksgiving was as much the start of the Christmas shopping season, as it was a holiday in its own right. In 1939, retailers, still trying to dig their way out of the Great Depression, were worried since there were five Thursdays in that November instead of four. That meant there would only be 20 shopping days until Christmas.

In the spring of 1939, the National Retail Dry Goods Association lobbied President Franklin Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving back one Thursday, arguing that it would boost retail sales as much as 10%. Roosevelt ...

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