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BY REV. MATTHEW ALLEN |

As we approach Thanksgiving this month, I share with you some very familiar words of Scripture.

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
His steadfast love endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations.

We are all guilty of not giving God enough thanks. When we pray, we usually have a long list of needs and wants that we present to God, yet we don’t take the time to thank Him for all the good things He has provided for us. Yet, this Psalm is very clear that we need to offer our thanks and praise to God.

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God gave His life for us, that we might be saved from our sins and receive eternal life. God provides for our needs and He takes care of us every day. Because God is good to us, we must pause to show Him the appreciation He deserves.

We all have many things to be thankful for. It could be good health, a good job, loving family and friends, financial security, living in a free county, etc. The list is different for each of us. Every one of us has something to be thankful for. Whatever it is, we must remember that it is a gift from God. He deserves our thanks and praise.

This month, think about everything you have to be thankful for. Spend some extra prayer time just thanking God for what He has done for you. Read Psalm 100 over and over again. Begin living with a grateful heart in response to God’s love and generosity.


About the Author

Photo via Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen was born and raised in Winston-Salem.  He grew up in the Friedland congregation. Matthew is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Moravian Theological Seminary. He served Pine Chapel from 1998-2002, Oak Grove from 2002-2015, and began his current pastorate at Olivet in 2015. 


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