by Steve Wagers

A Disgrace to His Grace!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Luke 17:17
November 21. 2010

1. Grief Depicted
A) Physically Unclean
B) Socially Unacceptable
2. Grace Defined
A) He Heard the Cry of the Hopeless
B) He Healed the Condition of the Helpless
3. Gratitude Demonstrated
A) The Praise of a Thankful Man
B) The Pity of a Thoughtless Man

A man in Phoenix called his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and said, "Son, I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce. Forty-five years of misery is enough for 1 person."

The son screamed, "Pop, what are you talking about?" His dad continued, "We can't stand the sight of each other any longer. We're sick of each other and I'm sick of talking about it. Call your sister in Chicago and tell her."

Frantically, the son calls his sister in Chicago and gives her the news. She cries out, "No way! They're getting divorced? Don't worry. I'll take care of this." She calls her dad in Phoenix immediately and says, "Now, you listen to me dad, you're not getting divorced. Don't do a blessed thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother, in New York, and we'll both be there tomorrow."

The old man hangs up the phone, turns to his wife and says, "Okay. They'll both be here tomorrow for Thanksgiving, and they're paying their own way."

I'm sure that most everyone will gather around a table this Thursday with friends and family to enjoy a feast and fellowship. Since November 26, 1941 the 4th Thursday of every November has been set aside as a day to remember, reflect, and recall God's bountiful blessings.

What many may not know is that 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 agreed, and announced the change during the summer. In short, the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth ...

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