The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here again and it is time to think Biblically about Thanksgiving.  This list below can serve as a Biblical roadmap for the Thanksgiving week and ongoing thankfulness in your heart.  Take a moment this week to look up these verses and find some of your own to express thanks back to our great God.

First, in the Old Testament (in general) Thanksgiving meant to acknowledge God's goodness by praising or offering a sacrifice (Lev. 7:12; Psalm 107:1).

Second, in the New Testament (in general) Thanksgiving was an attitude or display of gratitude, usually to God.  There are only three times in the NT where the thanks is directed toward people.

A Disciple’s Hesitation

It happened. It was done. Finished. Complete. Fulfilled. The proof had been on display with eyewitness accounts for more than 40 days (Acts 1:3). Forty days! That’s longer than a month. That’s longer than Christmas break.

Jesus’ closest friends had seen him repeatedly after the resurrection. They knew he’d been crucified, yet there he was again—alive. Put yourself in their sandals for a minute or two.

What do you know about Jacob's life?

Did you remember that Jacob was a nomad in his youth.  Maybe you remember that Jacob fathered the sons of the twelve tribes of Israel.  Did you know his name, Jacob was later changed to Israel and is found over 2,500 times in the Bible.  Jacob's life helps us trace back the "Covenant Promises" of God.  It is interesting that the story of God's choosing Jacob is illustrated by the Apostle Paul in Romans 9.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).

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Several summers ago, I was invited to speak at a youth-and-family camp in Pennsylvania. It was right in the middle of July, and it was brutally humid. In the mornings and early afternoons, we’d gather, and I’d encourage and challenge the students from Scripture.

A single statement changes everything.

J.S. Bach (1685-1750) wrote, "Music's only purpose should be the glory of God and the recreation of the human spirit."

This says it all.  The great composer's one ambition was to bring glory to God with his life and work.

Who is God?  

That is a very big question that takes more than a simple blog post to answer.  Our culture is talking lots about God.  He shows up in conversations at Starbucks, the mall, university campuses, during political elections, churches and homes throughout the week.  I welcome the conversation.  I personally know God and love Him, so talking about God is dear to my heart.  My primary source to know God is the Bible, not my fleeting feelings.

Isaac is a significant transitional figure in the Bible.  He was handed the Covenant Promises God gave Abraham and he passed those promises onto his son Jacob.

What is the most important part of a Relay Race? It is not the start or even the finish.  It is passing the baton. Coaches hope and pray that the team members do not drop the baton.  Isaac was the middle man of a relay race, handing the baton of God's Covenant Promises off to the next generation, his son.

Connection.

Prayer.

Communion.

Intimacy.

These are words used to describe our fellowship with God.  How connected are you with God?  How often do you pray?  Is it once a day or ongoing?

I long to spend time with God.  I enjoy spending time in His Word listening to his voice and praying with praise, thanksgiving and requests.  I am refueled.  I am refreshed.  But, I have days or seasons when my fellowship with God should be closer.

Have you ever read the Bible's plot in one sitting?  Here is the whole storyline of the whole Bible.  Take some time to become acquainted with God's heart.  It's the Grand-Narrative of God's Glory!  Enjoy!

Big Picture

God is in control.  Have you heard that phrase before?  Maybe you have thought it or said it from time to time as a reassurance that he is indeed sovereign.  I have.  I have needed to.

God's direction in your life can be like the title or picture above.  It is a winding road.  It is blown along by the Holy Spirit in the believers life.  In one since, it is obvious, but in another, it is a mystery.  Maybe you are wondering about the will of God for your life generally or in a specific area.

Here are some areas to think about along the journey.

Direction

It all starts with our desire to do the will of God. Some don’t have a heart’s desire to live for God.
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