December 13, 2020
Sermon Title: "Christmas is for Thanks-Giving"
The Giving of Christmas
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Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:16; Philippians 2:6-8; 1 Peter 5:6
Scripture Text: Matthew 15:8
Matthew 15:8: "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me."
Philippians 4:6-7: "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. "
Today's Sermon is about our need to be thankful, and give thanks, especially in this season of Christmas from the proposition that Thanksgiving always precedes Christmas.
It then looks at three principles of how to develop a heart of thanksgiving and how Jesus possessed each.
Studies talk about forgiveness where doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists say that people who forgive are healthier than people who do not forgive
Researchers have also found evidence stating that if someone has a Heart of Thanksgiving, it adds longevity and depth to their life.
What these reports are saying is that forgiveness and thankfulness are good for us, which is something that God, through His word, has been saying all along.
They spoke biblically, but lived un-biblically.
Thanksgiving Comes Before Christmas.
Understanding and applying this will revolutionize our lives and our prayers.
The first principle to develop a thankful heart is humility, but it's when . . .
1. Humility Is A Choice
Most of the time our humility is forced upon us, that is, we are humbled when disciplined.
2. Giving That Is Intentional
The most giving people are not what we might think. They are not always the affluent or rich, but rather those who have little to give, but give in spite of their poverty.
3. Thankfulness That Is A Decision
We need to decide beforehand that we are going to thankful no matter what.
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