A Season of Thanksgiving and a Season of Trial

This coming Thursday, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. And, while the roots of Thanksgiving here in the United States go all the way back to the Pilgrims celebration in 1621, it wasn’t made an official holiday until 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.

However, for Christians, the roots of Thanksgiving go all the way to the Bible:

“Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.” 1 Chronicles 16:8

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Unfortunately, most would not equate this event in Joseph’s life, which we read this morning, with Thanksgiving. However, take a moment with me to read a couple of other passages: James 1:1-4 & Job 23:1-10

Preached on Sunday morning, November 23, 2014 by Pastor Campbell.  Click here for Pastor Campbell’s sermon notes.

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