(I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.
November 27, (Thu) 2014, Thanksgiving Day
A police officer wanted to catch more motorists, so he tried to find a perfect hiding placePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » to watch for speeding motorists, and he got one which was really strategic. For several days, he caught some motorists, but one day, the officer was amazed when everyone was under the speed limit, so he investigated and found the clue.
A 10 years old boyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » was standing on the side“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » of the road with a huge hand painted signThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » which said “Radar Trap“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » Ahead.”
A little more investigative work led the officer to the boy’s accomplice: another boy about 100 yards beyond the radar trap with a sign reading “THANKPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » YOU TIPS” and a bucket at his feet full of coins (http://academictips.org/blogs/funny-short-stories/ ).
Today we are celebrating the Thanksgiving Day in America.
As usual we celebrate it with familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » feastWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », and in most tables we have turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Oh I am now hungryThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... »! J
However, pupils at Lutheran“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » International SchoolWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » have an appeal to us, and they did it through their drawings:
Smithsonianmag.com reports that “if one were to create a historically accurate feast, consisting of only those foods that historians are certain were served at the so-called ‘first Thanksgiving,’ there would be slimmer pickings. ‘Wildfowl was there. Corn, in grain form for breadPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » or for porridge, was there. Venison was there,’ says Kathleen Wall. ‘These are absolutes.’”
The history magazine argues that there are two primary sources—the only surviving documents that reference the meal—confirm that these staples were part of the harvest celebrationMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » shared by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag at Plymouth Colony in 1621 (smithsonianmag.com) .
Let’s leave the food issue, let’s proceed to the main topic.
Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the 4th Thursday in November. It has been celebrated as Federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the Civil War, PresidentThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » AbrahamThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and PraisePGF the Lord!. Read more ... » to our beneficent FatherHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » who dwells in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.
Thanksgiving was also celebrated nationally in 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington. The event that Americans“Today, You Will be With Me…”. Read more ... » commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New WorldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » in 1621.
This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow), and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayerWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » thanking GodBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought (Wikepedia.com).
Thanksgiving Day is one of the noble days that our government made into lawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... », and practice for long timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... ». People have no reasons now why we could not remember to thank the LordThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... ».
The ApostleA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to be glad and joyous always. Being happy internally is a proof of our being in ChristBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... ». Feeling satisfied in lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... » and faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » will giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » us eternalThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » gladness. We are happy when we knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » that even in our deepest problemsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » and crises in life, God is there to help and guide us.
An old womanJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » who was satisfied in her life, traveling in the mountains found a precious goldCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » in a river. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the old woman opened her backpack to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious gold, and asked the woman to give it to him. She did it without hesitation.
The manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » left, rejoicing in his goodThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the fortune to the old woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone” (storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... »-coach.com/giving-thanks).
II. Be Prayerful: “PrayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » Without Ceasing” (1Thess 5:17).
Prayer without ceasing does not mean we don’t do anything but pray. It means that whatever we do we do them in the spiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of prayer. We should always communicate to God whatever we do. We should consult God whatever we planHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » and decide. We thank the Lord when our actions and decisions are good.
III. Be Thankful: “In Everything Give Thanks” (1Thess 5:18).
David Mathis says “Part of what the first man and woman were created to do is honor God by being thankful. And part of what we exist to do is honor God by being thankful—and thus the numerous biblical commands enjoining gratitude. Humanity was created to appreciate God. But as we’ve already seen from Romans 1, ingratitude wasn’t far away” (churchleaders.com ).
Indeed, God created us human beings to be his object of loveThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », and we need to show our love to God by being thankful to God. When we receiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » a gift, a good opportunity, a blessingWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... », a wonderful experience, or even bad happenings, we should thank God for everything.
To thank God for blessings that we receive is no quarrel, we use our senses to express our love to God, and even to people who use by God as channel of blessings. However, to thank God even in our bad experiencesBRUNO is a Trash!. Read more ... » is questionable to some people.
The Apostle Paul says, in everything give thanks. “Thanks” in Greek“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » is εὐχαριστέω, eucharisteō, which means “to be grateful, feel thankful” (Thayer’s Greek). The Eucharist (with capital E) comes from that Greek wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » “eucharisteō.” Thus, the phrase may be said, “in everything give eucharist.” Why do we need to give eucharist? Paul adds, “For this is the will of God in Christ JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » concerning you.” God wants us to thank him for all the things that he has granted to us.
In our GospelDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » reading today (LukeThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » 17:11-18), there were 10 lepers who begged for mercyMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » and healing“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » from Jesus ChristHis Master Asks This Man, His Answer Triggers the Opening of Big Secret. Read more ... ». Jesus healed“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » them as they were showing themselves to the rabbis. When one of them realized that he was healed he returned to Jesus, fell to the feet of Jesus, praising God and thanking Jesus for what he had done.
Jesus asked, “Ten men were made clean, weren’t they? Where are the other nine? Except for this SamaritanJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » were any of them found to return and give praise to God?”
Why did only one cleansed leper return to thank Jesus? Charles L. Brown says the following are nine suggested reasons why the nine did not return:
(1) One waited to see if the cure was real.
(2) One waited to see if it would last.
(3) One said he would see Jesus later.
(4) One decided that he had never had leprosy.
(5) One said he would have gotten wellJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » anyway.
(7) One said, “O, well, Jesus didn’t really do anything.”
(8) One said, “Any rabbi could have done it.”
(9) One said, “I was already much improved” (Content The Newsletter, June, 1990, p. 3.).
Out of ten people, only one had the courage to return to Jesus for thanksgiving! Jesus knew that we need to thank God and make known his actions among nations, as told by IsaiahIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... », “Give thanks to the LORD; call on his nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». Make known his actions among the nations. ProclaimYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the LORD, because he has acted gloriously, being made known in all the world. Shout aloud, and sing for joy, you who live in ZionProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », because great in your midst is the Holy One of IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... »” (Isa.12:4-6).