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Thanksgiving Round-Up

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US folk love thanksgiving.
US Christian bloggers do too.
Scott Clark exhorts his fellow believers not to confuse the unfocused gratitude of a civil religion fixated on temporal blessings with the genuine thankfulness which Christians should have that they are part of God’s eternal and invisible kingdom here and now.
Kevin DeYoung considers Paul, the Apostle, and how often He gave thanks for the churches to which he was writing. Pastors should remember to let the churches they serve know just how grateful we are for the fellowship, prayer and support we receive.
Tullian Tchvidjian, who has had a pastorally and personally challenging year, gives thanks for pain. The experience of God’s comfort is felt in pain, and Tullian has experienced new dimensions to God’s love for him.
On the Nine Marks blog, Aaron Menikoff reminds us from Philippians 4 that our requests to God are to be accompanied by thanksgiving because in His providential care He has already given us every blessing in Christ Jesus.
The Desiring God blog offers some Thanksgiving reading by posting links to four past Thanksgiving articles.
Scotty Smith meditates on Philippians 1:3-6: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” and gives us ‘A Prayer About Gospelicious Friends’. Mmmm… Gospelicious.
R.C. Sproul notes that the secularisation which changes thanks to God to a general thankfulness represents a dimension of the fall, a change in focus from God to self.
Darryl G. Hart provides a quote from J. Gresham Machen, who gave thanks that Paul strongly asserted the pure truth of the Gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone, against those who sought to dilute it by adding observance to various ceremonial laws. Hart also takes issue with a Christianity Today article that names Annie Young Frisbee’s Top 5 Movies On Thankfulness which apparently includes Raising Arizona.
On the The Gospel Coalition blog Albert Mohler seems to be asking Christians not to give thanks like atheists.
Team Pyro have been giving thanks for lots of things. Go see for yourself.

As a reward to anyone still reading, Z provides us with the Swedish Chef preparing that Thanksgiving essential, the turkey.

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