Sermon: November 18, 2001 By Tom Maines Ė Pastor of Harmony Free Will Baptist Church
Title: Why Christians Should Give Thanks To God
Text: Psalms 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him
with psalms.

Have we, as Christian, expressed our gratitude for the bountiful blessing of the Lord. Much too often, we find ourselves whining and complaining like the children of Israel. God has given the Christian unimaginable blessings and promises. As the old song says, ďCount your blessings, name them one by one.Ē It is time to remember what great things God has done for us.

Everything that we have comes as a result of Godís love, mercy and grace.

Thankful for all things
"I do not have to thank anyone for anything I have," an old miser grumbled. "Everything I have I got the hard way--by the sweat of my own brow." "But who gave you the sweat?" asked his neighbor.

The old miser hung his head in guilty silence. He could not ignore the fact that God had given the "sweat," the strength to work hard and gain material wealth.

Yes, everything that we are or that we possess is because of Godís lovingkindness. Therefore, it is good for us all to pause and say, "Thank You, God."

Mrs. Green thanked Tom, the grocery boy, for delivering a loaf of bread. "Do not thank me. Thank Grocer Jones," Tom smiled. "He gave me the loaf to deliver." But when she thanked the grocer, he said, "I get the bread from Baker Brown. He makes it, so he deserves the thanks." So Mrs. Green thanked the baker. But he told her that Miller Milligan should be given the gratitude. "Without Miller Milliganís flour, I could not make bread," Brown replied. The miller told her to thank Farmer Foster because he made the flour from Fosterís wheat. But the farmer also protested, "Donít thank me; thank God,"
Foster said. "If He did not give my farm sunshine and rain, I could not grow wheat."

Yes, even a common loaf of bread can be traced back to God, the Giver of "every good and perfect gift"

Letís consider why we should come into Godís presence and worship with thanksgiving and praise:
1. It is the right thing to do.

2. It will magnify the blessings of the Lord in

3. It will change our prospective of life.

4. It will bring to remembrance Godís indescribable
love and mercy.

5. It will cause Christians to lose sight of their
earthly problems.

6. It will become a way to witness to those around us.

I. Giving thanks is the right thing to do for every

A. We must learn to give thanks.

1. Children must be taught to say ďthank youĒ.

a. Children must learn to show gratitude for
acts of kindness shown to them.

b. Children should also be taught to be
thankful to the Lord.

2. We, as the children of