In this sermon, which focuses on God's provision of manna for his people, Thanksgiving is our response to grace. Thanksgiving humbly acknowledges: "God how good You are to me!" Thanksgiving is responding to God's grace even in the midst of trouble. "In everything," Paul wrote, "give thanks." Not necessarily for everything, but in every situation, give thanks for who God is.
I Kings 19:1-16 Once upon a time, there was a traveling preacher on the American frontier. Hungry and tired, he arrived at the home of Christian people to stay the night. Before he went to bed he entered this optimistic note in his journal: "Arrived at the home of Brother Brown late
I Corinthians 1:20-25 Most Thursdays last winter, I went to a classroom and listened to sermons. Does that sound like fun or what? I teach a class on preaching. Each of the class's 24 students had to submit two manuscripted sermons. They had to preach one sermon before the whole class - and me! I enjoy the...
Advent reminds us how important it is to wait patiently for God, to wait even through difficulty. But, as this sermon points out, Advent also points beyond the waiting to receiving the fulfillment of God's promise, and to experiencing the wonder of God's blessing.