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Summary: A Thanksgiving sermon on the theme of God

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Cedar Lodge Baptist Church

Dr. Russell Brownworth, Pastor

He Is Good

Psalms 136.1 November 19, 2000

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Thanksgiving is nigh! For many it will mean a day of family gatherings, turkey, dressing, chestnuts roasting, and apple pie with ice cream melting all over the dish. Can you smell it?

Whatever view of God you hold will determine whether this will be a day of successfully rationalizing the forsaking of your diet – or if it will be a day of Thanksgiving to God. Consider several views of God; there are those who say…

 I can’t believe in him – is the cry of the humanist/atheist. The thankfulness of a humanist who sees no God is ultimately directed at himself. He is thankful he provided so well for his needs. It is a day of full plates and empty platitudes. There are also those who say…

 I guess he’s there, but you can’t know him. This is the helplessness of the person who would like to be thankful. There is something inside that tells him that thankfulness is appropriate – but he just can’t figure out what to do with it. This person will even offer up a prayer over the turkey (if he’s a religious type, he’ll make it long enough to let the gravy and dressing get cold!). There are even those who say…

 I suspect god is there, but even if you can know him you cant trust him. The hopelessness of the current generation figures God is capricious, and if you get close enough to Him you will probably get toasted. It is as if the deck is totally stacked against humans, and God is just waiting to pull the rug out from underneath where you’re standing.

Years ago, the story goes, a San Diego bank hired a private investigator to track down a bank robber and retrieve stolen funds. The search led to Mexico. The investigator crossed the border and then, realizing he would need a Spanish interpreter, opened up the telephone book and hired the first interpreter listed in the Yellow Pages.

After many days, he finally captured the bandit and, through the interpreter, asked him, "Where did you hide the money?" In Spanish, the thief replied, "What money? I have no idea what you're talking about."

With that, the investigator drew his pistol, pointed it at the suspect, and said to the interpreter, "Tell him that if he doesn't tell me where the money is, I will shoot him where he stands."

Upon receiving this message, the bank robber said to the interpreter, "Señor, I have hidden the money in a coffee can, under the fourth floorboard, in the second-floor men's room of the Palacio Hotel on Via Del Rio in La Paz."

"What did he say?" the investigator asked the interpreter.

"Señor," said the interpreter as he thought for a moment, "he says he is prepared to die like a man!"

Q: What is the Biblical View of God?

A: He is Good, you CAN Know Him and Trust Him.

He is Good

Our primary understanding of the goodness of God is simply a matter of observing the creation. God, Himself, looked around after creating (Genesis 1), and stated, It was very good.


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