The Pilgrims’ Gratitude

A Thanksgiving Choice Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 When William Bradford wrote about the Pilgrims’ 1620 arrival in the New World, he said, “Having found a good haven and being brought safely in sight of land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought …

Grateful for Salvation

A Joyful Thanksgiving Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. Psalm 95:1-3 As a child, did you dress up as a …

Grateful for the Unshakable

A Firm Foundation of Gratitude  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28 Floods, earthquakes, fires, and droughts. These natural disasters remind us that we live in a fragile, unpredictable world full of grief and sorrow. Yet each time one of these …

Grateful for Praise Songs

A Song of Gratitude Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 1 Chronicles 16:8-9 ESV The director took his place and raised his hands. Although it was early morning, the choir sang and the small group of …

Gratitude Series

Cultivate Gratitude A thread of thankfulness runs through the Bible from Adam’s gratitude for Eve in Genesis 2 through the twenty-four elders’ song of thanksgiving in Revelation 11. I know God calls me to be thankful, and yet I struggle with a verse such as 1 Thessalonians 5:18—“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in …

Grateful for Each Day

A Pristine Attitude As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. Genesis 8:22 Sometimes I envy Noah. When he and his family left the ark, they entered a pristine world freshly washed by the grace of God. God told them to “come out of the ark … …

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 As we gather around Thanksgiving Day tables, many will be thankful for the sumptuous food set before them. But as Christians, our thankfulness focuses on spiritual blessings. We’re thankful for who we’ve become in Christ and for all God has given us. We did nothing to …

Now Thank We All Our God

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed but not in despair. 2 Corinthians 4:8 (NIV) On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus reminded His disciples that hardship and disappointment are inevitable: “In this world, you will have trouble” (John 16:33). I wonder, then, why we so often act as if life should be carefree. Consider …

Thanksgiving Praise List

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17 Have you ever said “TGIF” at the end of the week–thank God it’s Friday? I have. But TGIF is hardly a prayer of thanksgiving; neither is the arrival of the weekend the only reason we …