Posted on 11/06/2011 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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I love to be in Your presence
With Your people singing praises
I love to stand and rejoice
Lift my hands and raise my voice
You set my feet to dancing
You fill my heart with song
You give me reason to rejoice


We praise you Lord because you're worthy
You are Lord and King of the earth and sky
Let us lift you up and declare your glory
Let us lift our hands and our voices high

Even the mountains praise your name
the rocks and the stones cry Holy!
Whoever seeks for your face
will never be the same
Let your kingdom come
in Jesus' name

I'm an instrument, I am only a vessel
Help me open up to receive your love
Let us put to death thoughts of opposition
Let me step aside and point the world to above


Father, I adore you
Lay my life before you
How I love you


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Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for today. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for the many blessings You have bestowed upon us. I ask that You give us thankful hearts and that we shower You with thanksgiving and graciousness in Jesus' name, Amen.

Today's fireside chat is titled Thanksgiving. All of us at one time in our lives have said things like "I wish school was over" OR "I wish it were Spring" OR "I wish I was 20 or 30 again." On my facebook status the other day, I typed "Don't wish today away wishing for tomorrow." Let me repeat that "Don't wish today away wishing for tomorrow."

When we wish for the past or future, we are in essence telling God what we have now isn't enough. We aren't thankful for our families and friends. We see Jesus' sacrifice as nothing more than a historic remembrance. No, we may not say it in so many words, but when we complain we are being ungrateful.

Today, I want us to look at some scripture that talks about thanksgiving. We all could be more thankful so get comfy and let's open the Word of God and see what it says about being thankful.

1 Chronicles chapter 16 verses 34-36 says Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 35 And say, “Save us, O God of our salvation; Gather us together, and deliver us from the Gentiles, To give thanks to Your holy name, To triumph in Your praise.” 36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! And all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the LORD. We don't give thanks because of anything we do or have done, but it is because of God! Verse 34 says Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for HE is good! For HIS mercy endures forever.

And in 1 Chronicles chapter 29 verses 10-13 it reads Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said: “ Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. 13 “Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name.

When was the last time you thanked God for something? Did you thank Him after He answered your prayer? Did you thank Him for another day to serve Him on this earth? We'll have a time at the altar soon for you to thank God, but right now we are going to look at some more verses in the Bible. Let's go to the Psalms and read some of the scriptures that pertain to thanksgiving. We'll start with Psalm 95 verses 1-3 which says Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. 3 For the LORD is the great God, And the great King above all gods.

If we come before God with thanksgiving, we won't complain.

Psalm 100 says 1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! 2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 3 Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

What if we aren't thankful? What will happen? Will we see the blessings God brings if we are looking for the past or future? No, I don't think so. Help us ti see Your blessings, Lord.

Psalm 79 verse 13 says So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.

Will you give Him thanks forever? He deserves it, ya know.

Did you know Jesus thanked His Father while on earth? One time He did so is found in Matthew chapter 11 verse 25 and it says At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.

Jesus is our example. We, too, need to give thanks to Father God.

Let's not give thanks like the man in Luke 18:11 which says The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.

Don't exalt yourself in your thanks to God, but be humble.

If we are thankful, we will have no need to complain. If we spend our day thanking God, we will have no time to blame Him.

I know some of you have many things you are thankful for, but since I have the microphone I get to share mine. I hope you will share yours when we have our fellowship time later in the room to my right your left.

The main things I'm thankful for right now are God, my relationship with Jesus, my husband Ben and my relationship with him, my extended family and friends, and helmets.

The last one has a story that goes along with it. I'm thankful not only for helmets, but that my uncle Daryl wore his Friday morning. On the way to work, my uncle hit a deer with his motorcycle and he flew 50 feet. His bike kept going. I have been told that if he hadn't had his helmet on he'd be dead.

I know his family and friends are thanking God today for keeping him safe and for his smart choice of wearing his helmet.

There are so many things to thank God for in our lives. Don't forget to say thank You to Him.


He deserves our thanks.

2 Corinthians 9 verse 15 says Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Thank You, Daddy, for Your indescribable gift, Your love for us who don't deserve salvation or Your unconditional love. Thank You doesn't seem enough.

We'll have our time at the altar to give thanks to God, to pray, and to be ministered to by God. Come and join us there. Please remember to refrain from conversation while people are in the altar.

We hope to see you after this time at the altar in the fellowship room.

You are free to go. May God bless you with thankful hearts that shower Daddy God with thanksgiving.

Go in God's peace that passes all understanding.

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