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“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).

I’m not a king, but the truth expressed by Solomon under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit applies to me, too. My heart is like a channel of water in God’s hands – He turns it wherever He wishes. I’m thankful that thirty-three years ago, the Lord changed my mind, affections, and will from someone who could easily be described as an ingrate to one who is deeply gratefully and thankful to Him for each and every blessing He’s given. I’m most grateful for the Lord Jesus Christ – He who took my sin, including my ungratefulness, upon Himself to satisfy God’s just wrath against it, and gave me His perfect righteousness in return. Do I fall back into ingratitude from time to time? Yes. But the Lord is still changing my heart and channeling those waters in directions that are for His glory and my good.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Yes, the food has something to do with it and so do family and friends. But I think the reason I regard it so highly is because of what it means – what it reminds us to do.

This holiday is about giving thanks to God for all of the blessings He’s given us. That’s what the first Thanksgiving was about and that’s what it’s about today, too. It serves to remind us that we should be thankful to God and then express it to Him and other people.

Gratitude is the most basic human virtue. Ingratitude is the worst of vices. To not be thankful for the gifts we’re received is to spit in the face of the Giver of those gifts. We have far more than we deserve, which should produce gratitude in even the coldest of hearts.

As you give thanks today, and I hope you do, be specific (explain why you’re thankful for your family, for instance) and remember the source of your blessings – God.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103:1-5

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Well, I didn’t post things I’m thankful for every day last week like I said I would. Life, busyness, and forgetfulness all have a way of crowding in and altering the best of intentions.

Even though Thanksgiving is officially over (Christmas stuff is OK now in my book), I can still give thanks – so I will.

I’m thankful God is sovereign. This world, from the largest constellation to the smallest atom, is not out of control. God rules and reigns in His creation, which includes every part of my life and yours. Praise God!

Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” (Ps. 115:2-3)

Amen!

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I’m thankful for books. I’m thankful that God gave me a love for reading early in life, and that there are so many good books from which to choose.

As Paul wrote to Timothy, When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments (2 Tim. 4:13). Especially during his second Roman imprisonment (when he wrote this epistle), one of the things Paul asked for was books. Good man!

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I’m thankful to God for my wife. She’s loving, patient, intelligent, and many, many other things. Most of all, she’s God’s gift to me. Thank You, Lord!

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Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. (Psalm 103:1-2)

I’m thankful for the good congregation God has given me to pastor – Immanuel Community Church – and the good elders to serve alongside.

I’m thankful for the good students God has given me to teach at Cor Deo Christian Academy – and the good staff, faculty, principle, and board to serve alongside, too.

More to come every day this week.


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