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Some Thanksgiving Thoughts

November 24th, 2010 Posted in encouragement

Thanksgiving is finally upon us. And that means the Christmas is closely following. Often we put so much of our focus on Christmas; we miss this important American Holiday.

I like that fact that thanksgiving is not about buying presents or decorating trees and homes, etc., but it’s about getting together with family and friends and doing what we all love—eating! And more importantly, it’s about giving thanks.

Thanksgiving was established by President Washington on November 26, 1789. It is a religious holiday started by the Pilgrims. The first Thanksgiving lasted three days, during which the Pilgrims feasted with their Indian guests.

The Bible says to us as believers:

Psalm 106:1 – “Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”

Hebrews 13:15 – “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name.”

Yes, praise and worship can sometimes be a “sacrifice” because we don’t want to give it. That may be because we are down or depressed, or things aren’t going all that well. Or it may be that hardship or tragedy has hit your life and you don’t want to thank God.

But the Bible does not say, “Give thanks unto the Lord when you feel good,” but rather, because “He is good!” So, I encourage you to give thanks in this special holiday time.

May God bless you, and I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

I will be up speaking at Skid Row at the Fred Jordan Mission in L.A. this Thanksgiving. Fred Jordan, now in heaven, was my uncle. Willie Jordan, Uncle Fred’s wife and my aunt, has faithfully continued reaching out to the needy folks of L.A. This is the third year I have done this and we have rejoiced to see the many that come to Christ at this great event, which not only provides food and clothing, but also spiritual hope.

To find out more about the Fred Jordan Mission, go to http://www.fjm.org/.

5 Responses to “Some Thanksgiving Thoughts”

  1. Patty Fulk says:

    Hi Pastor,
    Thank you for having Communion today, that is a gift for us all to be together and partake. Thanks for the Thanksgiving card, that was very nice too.
    The message was great today.We love your jokes. Please keep teaching on our country being founded on God’s grace and laws. We are a blessed country and people.
    God bless you and keep you safe from all harm.

  2. Anne Maltes says:

    I’m here at the mission. Looking forward to serving and hearing your message.

  3. Michael PonTell says:

    Dear Greg,
    I’m not able to go home to Southern California for thanksgiving this year, as I am a freshman at NYU and the holiday is very close to Christmas. It’s unfortunate, but at least I am surrounded by friends here, and I know that my family is all safe and having a great time. I just want you to know how thankful I am for you. I found myself at your crusade this summer (a cute girl convinced me to go, haha) and I was fascinated by the way you preached. I looked you up on youtube and for the next month I watched tons of your videos every day, and you really convicted me. Everything you said about being prodigal, and what it really means to be a Christian. Now I found your radio show online, and you’ve inspired me to read the bible every day. Thank you so much for your ministry, and just you personally. I hope to find myself at your church sometime, I live in Ontario which isn’t too far, so I can thank you in person. God Bless, and happy thanksgiving!

  4. Deborah Gonzalez says:

    I love the holiday season but mostly because I take the time to do the important things that I should be doing everyday, like spending time with family and friends and sharing food together, reflecting on all that Jesus has done for me, regardless of circumstances, and just sitting at His feet. I agree with you Greg, commercialism has all but skipped over Thanksgiving, not a great money maker you know, but not in this household. The Christmas celebration begins AFTER we have remembered to give THANKS for all that was done for us on the cross and for His beautiful and perfect gifts of peace, faithfulness, love and everlasting life. Try and top those on Christmas morning. Everything else pales in comparison doesn’t it? Many blessings to you and your family this Thanksgiving and may God continue to bless the Fred Jordan mission.

  5. Ernest says:

    Dear Greg, I can’t tell tell you just how much I love your teaching, not to mention your testamony. Wow! You are exactly right, Thanksgiviving, to me, can be just as important as Christmas when talking about giving thanks to God. Christmas is not just the birth of Christ, but “thanking” the Father for the savior “give thanks in ALL circumstances…” 1 Thess. 5:18 God bless you. Ernest.

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