by Steve Wagers

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The Will of God and our Appreciation (3 of 3)
Series: The Mystery has been Solved
Steve N. Wagers
I Thessalonians 5:18
November 23, 2008

Sermon Outline
1. Be Thankful OBEDIENTLY!
A) The Expectation that Demands It
B) The Expression that Defines It
1) In Prayer
2) By Praise
3) With Peace
2. Be Thankful COMPLETELY!
A) At All Times
B) In All Things
3. Be Thankful PERPETUALLY!
A) God's Grace in Us
B) God's Goal for Us

The literary legend, William Shakespeare described ingratitude as a "marble-hearted fiend." He went on to say, "I hate ingratitude more in man than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or any taint of vice, whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood.

The blind poet Milton said this, "He that is ungrateful has no guilt but one; all other crimes may pass for virtues in him."

Rudyard Kipling was a great British poet whose writings have blessed many of us, including a generation gone by. Rudyard Kipling was a very famous writer even before he died, and made a great deal of money at his trade.

A newspaper reporter came up to him once and said, "Mr. Kipling, I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over $100 a word." Mr. Kipling raised his eyebrows and said, "Really, I certainly wasn't aware of that."

The reporter cynically reached into his pocket and pulled out a $100 bill and gave it to Kipling and said, "Here's a $100 bill Mr. Kipling. Now you give me one of your $100 words." Rudyard Kipling looked at that $100 bill for a moment, took it and folded it up and put it in his pocket and said, "Thanks."

When we consider the blessings of God upon our lives, we need not look for a $100 word, because the word "Thanks" says it all. I think of the words of the great hymn:

When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost
Count your many blessings,
Name them one by one
And it will surprise you what the Lord has d ...

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