Daily Devotional

  • Thanksgiving — Thursday November 23, 2017

    THURSDAY November 23, 2017

    Thanksgiving

    …giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Ephesians 5:20

    Today is Thanksgiving, a time when families gather together to eat, fellowship and thank God for His faithfulness, blessings and provisions. Christians should always give thanks to God for all things, in the good times, and even in the bad (Job 1:21). We should especially thank Him for our salvation: In Him [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

    When the Pilgrims left England in 1620, in search of a new land where they could freely worship God, it was not an easy journey. When they arrived, it took time to establish a village at Plymouth. During the first winter, only half of the Mayflower’s passengers and crew survived.

    However, in God’s providence, an Indian named Squanto from the Pawtuxet tribe came to meet them. Years earlier, he had been kidnapped by an English Captain and sold into slavery. Squanto had returned to his land, and because he had learned English, he was able to communicate with the Pilgrims. He showed them how to plant corn, extract sap from maple trees, and catch fish in the rivers.

    The Pilgrims had their first Thanksgiving feast in November 1621. Governor William Bradford invited Native Americans, including Chief Massasoit from the Wampanoag tribe. It was not until 1863, during the Civil War, that Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving:

    …I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

    What will you thank God for this Thanksgiving?

    Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
    ~Psalm 100:4~

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  • Judge the Matter — Tuesday November 21, 2017
  • Take the Right Action — Monday November 20, 2017
  • Shocking Immorality — Sunday November 19, 2017
  • Sexual Misconduct — Saturday November 18, 2017
  • The Heart of a Shepherd — Friday November 17, 2017
  • Imitate Me — Thursday November 16, 2017
  • A Father's Tenderness — Wednesday November 15, 2017
  • The Filth of the World — Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • Christian Endurance — Monday November 13, 2017
  • Fools for Christ — Sunday November 12, 2017
  • Veteran's Day — Saturday November 11, 2017
  • A Spectacle for Christ — Friday November 10, 2017
  • Pride and Popularity — Thursday November 9, 2017
  • Why Boast? — Wednesday November 8, 2017
  • Learn Not to Be Puffed Up — Tuesday November 7, 2017
  • Making Good Judgements — Monday November 6, 2017
  • Learn to Be Faithful — Sunday November 5, 2017
  • The Nature of True Servanthood — Saturday November 4, 2017
  • God Is My Judge — Friday November 3, 2017
  • Be Faithful — Thursday November 2, 2017
  • Servants of Christ — Wednesday November 1, 2017
  • Camp Jubilee — Tuesday October 31, 2017
  • We are Christ's — Monday October 30, 2017
  • Man's Futile Wisdom — Sunday October 29, 2017