by Steve Jones

Thanksgiving Leftovers
Steve Jones
John 16:12

Introduction: At the Thanksgiving lunch junior gorged himself on all of his favorite dishes: green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, macaroni and cheese, turkey and dressing with gravy, cranberry sauce, homemade biscuits, followed by pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cherry pie and vanilla ice cream. Five hours later, the family gathered to eat again and the table was laden with the leftovers. Junior wasn't the least bit hungry. He was still full from that unbelievable lunch. But these were all of his favorites and he wanted to eat something so he bowed his head and uttered this simple prayer, ''Lord, STRETCH ME.''

I love leftovers. Not everyone enjoys eating leftovers but I always have. The women in my family like to watch the food network and last week they had this show on where three iron chefs were competing against three of the shows frequent judges in a cook-off and the ingredients they had to work with were, Thanksgiving Day leftovers. It was pretty interesting to see how those experts rearranged, recombined, and reconstituted all of those wonderful leftovers into brand new tasty dishes. When it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers all I need are a plate, a fork and a microwave.

I had a Thanksgiving message last Sunday and we all celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday but what I'd like to do today is to stretch thanksgiving just a little bit...sort of like we do with leftovers. Today I want us to thank God for leftovers.


John 6:12 ''When they had all had enough to eat, Jesus said to his disciples, 'Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.' So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.''

You recognize this as coming from the account of the feeding of the five thousand. In fact, let's put the entire passage up on the screen.

John 6:5-13 ''When Jesus looked up ...

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