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Many Thanksgivings

A friendship features a level of security and many factors determine this. I can list the first 400 of these determiners but lets skip to the real good ones.

People who are thankful, truly thankful, have a good chance at longevity. Why? It is because they have a very mature outlook on life. The Bible teaches “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5

What Makes a Person Thankful?

Our Greek word for “thanks” is eucharisteō  The root words eu plus charis combined add up to “well graced.”

Aha, the thankful man or woman is well-graced! This one has graduated from all other inferior precepts for life and has found a grace one.

Noah was such a man. He found grace in the sight of Adonnai and it made him mature?

He was just, had integrity and walked with God.

But the earth was filled with violence and had reached the extremity; God had intended to

destroy all.

Noah would be saved and his family. Why? He found grace in God’s eyes. He was not infected with the angelic-alien ‘gene’ pool as well. The Son of God, born of a Virgin many years later, was required to be a Lamb without blemish — and of the pure human stock. The human race could not be polluted, so the ark transported the “well-graced” Noah through the flood. He lived on and through the storm of death entered into a new world.  “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
The LORD smelled the soothing aroma.”      Gen 8:20-21

 It Was the First Thanksgiving. 

Centuries later, Jesus Christ came as expected. He was full of grace and truth. He became a man. He passed through death and entered a new world, which was heaven. As did Noah, He paved a way for any who would believe and join Him.  The Spirit of Christ came into those who received Him and heaven entered their hearts in a new beginning. “Well-graced,” they gave thanks and offered the sacrifice of praise. They had passed from death to life. 

Another 1500 years passed and several such believers traveled on ships to a New World, America. William Bradford wrote:

“They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides, they had about a peck of meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.”

“The Pilgrims did not call this harvest festival a “Thanksgiving.” Although they did give thanks to God…, the first recorded religious Day of Thanksgiving was held in 1623 in response to a providential rainfall.”pilgrimhallmuseum.org.

Through death to life, from old sin nature to new creature, Christians give thanks for grace and look ahead still. The next Thanksgiving awaits us still.

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb!

And then:

“… I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.” Revelation 21:1

Thank you Lord!

 Love Ya!

Tom Sliva

Tom Sliva

Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Pastor Sliva went to Bible college in Massachusetts at the Stevens School of the Bible in !982. He and his family moved to Baltimore in1987 to be a part of Greater Grace World Outreach. From there, he served in Prescott, Arizona, and Indianapolis, Ind. Ordained upon his return to Baltimore in 1995, Pastor Sliva was afflicted with brain cysts in the late 90's and stayed at home base until his recovery in 2002. He then assisted with ministries in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh before resettling in Baltimore due to his son's sudden illness and death. Pastor Sliva is a colon cancer survivor. He has been part of the Pastoral Care Team since 2008 and leads the Grief Share group at Greater Grace Church. Read more from Pastor Sliva on his blog Healing at the Cross.
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