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Thanksgiving Bonfire 2019

For close to 115 years, the congregation of First Central Bible Church has gathered at Szot Park for our annual Thanksgiving Bonfire and Praise Service. It is a wonderful way to start Thanksgiving Day, by singing hymns and praise songs, sharing favorite verses, talking about what God has done in our lives the past year, and then ending with a time of fellowship, coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts. About 45 people joined us this morning. 40 degree weather was quite balmy compared to 11 degrees last year. Thanks be to God!

 

I give thanks

David’s opening words in Psalm 138 arrested my attention.

“I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. (1-2)

I was stunned as much by what David didn’t say as what he did say. David doesn’t say, “I feel thankful. I am grateful. I feel like praising God. I want to worship God.” David doesn’t say anything about his feelings, emotions, desires, or longings.

What David says is, “I give thanks … I sing your praise … I bow down … and give thanks …” Regardless of his circumstances, regardless of his feelings, regardless of whether his life is good, bad, or mediocre at the moment, David makes the choice to give thanks and praise God.

David’s thanksgiving is not tied to his circumstances. Instead, it is directed towards God’s character and attributes. “I give thanks to your name.” Knowing that in the Old Testament, God’s name always reveals his character, David is choosing to praise God for who he is. He also praises God for what he has done—his faithfulness.

Through this psalm, David taught me two essential principles of thanksgiving:

  • Thanksgiving is a choice I make regardless of my circumstances.
  • Thanksgiving is directed toward God for who he is and what he has done.

Give God your praise and thanks, not just one day a year, but every minute of every hour of every day of every year of your life. As long as you have breath, make the choice to give thanks.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2019 in Psalms, Scripture, Thanksgiving Day

 

Thanksgiving Bonfire & Praise Service 2018

Each year on Thanksgiving Day, members of First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, MA, gather at 7AM at Szot Park for a time of praise, sharing meaningful verses, singing, and giving thanks. We end with coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts. It is one of my favorite worship services and a great way to start the day. Since it was only 11 degrees F, the cold kept more than a few people away. But those who were present were encouraged and thankful.

Psalm 138 – Of David.

   I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. 3 On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.

4 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, 5 and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. 6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. 8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving is a choice

This was originally posted on November 27, 2014. In light of my current circumstances, I felt the need to be reminded that I need to make a conscious choice to give thanks.

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David’s opening words in Psalm 138 arrested my attention.

“I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. (1-2)

I was stunned as much by what David didn’t say as what he did say. David doesn’t say, “I feel thankful. I am grateful. I feel like praising God. I want to worship God.” David doesn’t say anything about his feelings, emotions, desires, or longings.

What David says is, “I give thanks … I sing your praise … I bow down … and give thanks …” Regardless of his circumstances, regardless of his feelings, regardless of whether his life is good, bad, or mediocre at the moment, David makes the choice to give thanks and praise God.

David’s thanksgiving is not tied to his circumstances. Instead, it is directed towards God’s character and attributes. “I give thanks to your name.” Knowing that in the Old Testament, God’s name always reveals his character, David is choosing to praise God for who he is. He also praises God for what he has done—his faithfulness.

Through this psalm, David taught me two essential principles of thanksgiving:

  • Thanksgiving is a choice I make regardless of my circumstances.
  • Thanksgiving is directed toward God for who he is and what he has done.

Give God your praise and thanks, not just one day a year, but every minute of every hour of every day of every year of your life. As long as you have breath, make the choice to give thanks.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Psalms, Thanksgiving Day

 

Thanksgiving humor

A little humor to start the week of Thanksgiving Day.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2017 in B.C., Baby Blues, Fun, Thanksgiving Day, Zits

 

Thanksgiving Bonfire & Praise – 2016

Our church, First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, MA, has been gathering for over 110 years at Szot Park for a Thanksgiving Bonfire & Praise service. We sing songs of praise, share favorite verses, tell about what we are thankful for, and then end with coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts. It is one of my favorite services of the year and a wonderful way to start Thanksgiving Day.

 
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I give thanks

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Posted by on November 24, 2016 in Scripture, Thanksgiving Day