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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

 

As we gather with our families this week, let us each encourage genuine thanksgiving to the Lord our God for all his boundless free grace in Christ Jesus. On Thanksgiving Day, let us acknowledge God’s sovereign dominion over all the affairs of providence (Romans 8:28; 11:36), knowing that “all things are of God.” Give thanks to him for bountiful harvests, because he sends the sunshine and the rain. Thank him for peace and prosperity, because he makes peace and creates evil. Thank him for life and health, because they are his gifts. Let us also thank him when the barns are empty, the nation is at war, the economy is ruined, and death is at hand, because he who is our God is too wise to err, too strong to fail, and too good to do wrong. His will is best. So, we give thanks to him “in everything.” Be sure to acknowledge and give thanks to our God for his bountiful, saving grace in Christ. When you gather with your families Thursday, do not fail to give thanks to God for “his unspeakable gift,” the Lord Jesus Christ and his great salvation. Make mention of his electing love, redeeming blood, regenerating power, justifying grace, forgiving mercy, and covenant faithfulness. Let us acknowledge to him and to all who will hear us that we are what we are by the grace of God. If we are saved, he saved us. If we are righteous, he made us righteous. If we are sanctified, he sanctified us. If we persevere in faith, we are kept by his power. I trust you will have a Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Fortner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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