By: Guy Sayles
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared November's last Thursday as a day for national thanksgiving. No longer in a civil war, the U.S. is still deeply divided. We must heed Lincoln's advice to seek "humble penitence."
By: Mitch Randall
The Baptist Center for Ethics and EthicsDaily.com want to urge you to help your neighbor by supporting a local social agency in your community during this season of Thanksgiving. Here's how to do it.
By: Zach Dawes
A new song titled "What I'm Thankful For" - a duet performed by Garth Brooks and James Taylor - offers a needed reminder that the Christmas season is about much more than "making a list and checking it twice."
By: Don Sewell
For the fourth year in a row, 70 Baylor Scott & White Health employees handed out more than 500 Thanksgiving sack lunches to the marginalized.
By: Gary Furr
Thanksgiving is a sober and joyful realization that without God and God's gifts we could not survive. And there's no better illustration than Squanto, whose generosity helped the Pilgrims survive their first brutal year.
By: Danny Chisholm
As Thanksgiving arrives, we might realize that our divisions and wounds have a long way to heal. Let's recall: Gratitude is the path to grace.
By: Christina Embree
Gratitude isn't limited to a spoken "thank you" or a special day. Simply put, gratitude is a life of awe - a place where we are aware of the incredible life we're given, from the air we breathe to the food we eat.
By: Brent McDougal
This Thanksgiving, you can share the love of God in natural ways, ones that fit your plans and hopes for the holiday. So try one of these seven ways to be on mission for God this season. Check out No. 4.
By: Matt Sapp
Like leaves on a tree, our lives are covered with people used by God to influence and encourage us. If we take that a step further, is each of us ready to be the kind of person who influences and encourages others?
By: Robert Parham
Thanksgiving in and of itself strengthens community and encourages neighborliness. Let's build on that for the continuous good for our neighbors.
By: Gary Furr
ISIS' world is totally closed to any rational thought. They believe their bizarre theology is correct and that they are the tripwire to cause the world's end, said a French citizen held captive by ISIS for 10 months.
By: Gregory Magruder
Do you take time for thanksgiving? Not just the holiday called Thanksgiving, but the practice of giving thanks. When we give thanks, we eclipse the unpleasant and live a life of satisfaction.
By: Bill Wilson
If your church wants to experience healthy growth, it won't be through new programs. Healthy churches grow when their members develop personal and powerful relationships.
By: Alistair Brown
We all face circumstances for which it's difficult to express thanks. When those bad times hit, these three thoughts will keep you focused on what doesn't change: God's constant love.
At all times and in every circumstance, we can find silver linings around our clouds. When we do, we need to thank God for them and express our deepest gratitude to those who reach out to us in ways we never expected. This is what Paul did, and it is what we need to do, also.
We might not go as far as imagining Jesus as our surfer dude, or Jesus as our Hell’s Angel, but we do like to think of Jesus as our friend. Among evangelicals, I hazard a guess that the most popular image of Jesus is thinking of Him as “our personal Lord and Savior.” But that also seems so far removed from the images of Christ described in our New Testament Lesson from Colossians this morning.
In today’s epistle lesson from Colossians we are reminded that Jesus is the one in whom “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” This one, this bleeding, dying man…all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in him. He is unlike any king we have ever seen before, and thank God for that. This is the kind of king who might even remember us when he comes into his kingdom. And for that, on this Sunday before Thanksgiving, I am thankful.
After peeling away the layers of mythology that now surround the first Thanksgiving meal, we find a needed reminder that when people are in need, the right thing to do is to offer help.
As we approach Thanksgiving, it's good to reflect on the importance of giving thanks. Our Christian heritage is filled with examples of how we should be thankful. Here are just a few.
Thankfulness and gratitude have positive effects on emotions, health and interpersonal relationships. Perhaps it's time for more churches to take the lead in celebrating a season of Thanksgiving.
As society abandons religious holidays like Thanksgiving for increasing secularization, many of us react with resentment. What if we turned our pointless whining to positive affirmations?
For the blessings of faith, let’s be the thankful one.
Are you striving to be good in every way? Are you faithful to those who need you to be responsible? Is your love strong enough to see people through their worst times?
We thank God for every good gift that has come from his hand to ours.
Cynicism can cripple the spirit. As Thanksgiving nears, try these two helpful practices – reframing and forgiving – as an antidote if cynicism rules your life.
The Father is waiting. And even when we are a long way off, He will run to us, embrace us, kill the fattened calf, and say, “Welcome home. Oh my, I’ve been looking for you to come home.”
We all carry our own issues into worship today, don’t we, our distractions and sometimes our depression? This is how we begin this Christmas season. When you stop and think about it, it’s pretty much how we start every Christmas season. We’re exhausted and we still have a month to go.
Life is full of choices that lead us down one path or another.
Thanksgiving has done far more than give us TV dinners, though. It has highlighted the value of gratitude and reminded us of the importance of expressing appreciation to those who have helped us along our journey.
(RNS) President Obama reminded us that Thanksgiving is an opportunity “to focus our thoughts on the grace that has been extended to our people and our country.”
(RNS) The kitchen clamors with young cooks preparing South Asian dishes.
While Ramadan and Thanksgiving can be times for personal and spiritual reflection, they can be easy venues for radical extremist nationalists to make them subservient to a generic and theocratic patriotism.
If the gospel has penetrated a person's heart, old self-centered habits are replaced with a generous spirit whose gratitude is manifest in visible and life-changing ways.
EthicsDaily.com succeeds because it provides a place for goodwill people of faith to address a variety of issues mostly from a biblical vantage point and always out of a desire to advance the common good.
While every day is filled with opportunities to give thanks, Thanksgiving gives us a chance to take a day to reflect and be grateful, including the fact that many of us have access to sufficient food.
Here this lesson again. It may be a new normal. I don’t know, but what I do know is this: The God who provided manna, the God who provided water from the rock and quail in the wilderness, his son Jesus Christ who fed one group and then another so much that there was enough left over, that God has more abundance to share with us, and it is enough. For that, let us give thanks with glad hearts this Thursday.
Thanksgiving is more than a day. Thanksgiving is more than an attitude. Thanksgiving is a way of living.
Americans should give thanks, even amid economic hardship. That's the message—and opportunity—of a new board game.
The holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas is the most intensely charitable time of the whole year. Church and civic groups gather clothes, food, and toys for needy families. Volunteers make their way to homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Busy shoppers dutifully drop their change into Salvation Army buckets.
Thanksgiving may not be a "Jewish" festival, but each year one of its rituals stirs in me the memory of a moment when my puzzled, uncertain exploration of the "Jewish thing" took on new power for me. And when I came to understand the power of a yarmulke.
Sitting around the dinner table with friends talk turned to the war and our frustrations with so much that is wrong with our world. Someone said they were tired of politicians who kept up the shell games of half-truths. Another volunteered that they were tired of worrying about economy and oil and terrorism and the bleak future. Someone said they were just tired of saying goodbye to some special people who had made their own journey just a little easier. The more we talked, the more hopeless we became.
Thanksgiving trumps Christmas. Cultural fundamentalists and sentimental Christians may read that statement as heresy.