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Summary: This sermon uses an amusing story to emphasize how some people can be down right unthankful!


Psalm 100

1 A Psalm of Thanksgiving.

Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!

2Serve the LORD with gladness;

Come before His presence with singing.

3Know 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.

4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

And into His courts with praise.

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

5For the LORD is good;

His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.

Thanksgiving or complaining –

these 2 words express two contrasting attitudes of God’s children.

Thankfulness is the thermometer

by which our spiritual temperature can be gauged.

1 Thes. 5:18

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I have never met a defeated thankful Christian.

Psalm 100:4 tells us to “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

It is good thing that America set aside a day of THANKSGIVING.

The Thanksgiving proclamation

was given by Abraham Lincoln in 1863

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . 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.”

Thankfulness is commanded.

I believe that INGRATITUDE is the worst of sins.

Today I want to tell you the story of Abner Culpepper. This story goes back to the days before telephones and a time when writing letters was the only way to communicate with distant folks. Abner was a bachelor who was corresponding with a single woman in St. Louis. This distant courtship had been going on for several months. Abner was thankful that he had someone to whom he could express his deepest feelings and to have someone who cared about him.

Point #1.

I am thankful for the provision of a godly wife.

Genesis 2:24

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Proverbs 5:18

Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.

Proverbs 12:4

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 18:22

He who finds a wife finds a good thing,And obtains favor from the LORD.

Abner was a Christian. He had accepted Jesus as his personal Savior at the age of 30 years. He was thankful that his sins had been forgiven and that Jesus had died for him. Abner was thankful that his soul would go to heaven when he died.

Point #2.

I am thankful for salvation

Isaiah 45:22

"Look to Me, and be saved,

All you ends of the earth!

For I am God, and there is no other.

A. Thankful for the simple way to salvation

Acts 16:31

So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household."

John 6:47

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.

B. Thankful that salvation is still available to everyone.

All are invited.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

C. Thankful that Jesus is sufficient for all

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

There has never been a sinner born that Jesus did not die for.

Abner liked to begin each day reading his Bible. He was thankful for the blessings he received every time he opened the Scriptures. The more he read from the Bible, the more he understood about God’s love for him.

Point #3

I am thankful for the Scriptures

1 Peter 1:23-25

having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because "All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the LORD endures forever."

Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

I’m thankful that I can hold in hand the preserved Word of God.

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