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A Bible Study on Giving Thanks

Click to get the link to download this free PDF Bible study on the theme of thanksgivingHere in the United States we’re in the Thanksgiving holiday season during which a tradition exists of each family member around the dinner table stating what he or she is especially thankful for. It can range from the food on the table to their home to the loved ones in their lives. This is a rewarding practice and can give us a reset of what’s important.

Let’s also remember to give thanks to the Lord for providing us with all that we are, have, and will be. Let’s do this with prayer, in everyday acts, and in living our lives studying God’s Word.

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How to Live the Bible — He Is Mighty God

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This is the one-hundred-eighty-fourth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here.


“And he will be called…Mighty God.” Isaiah 9:6

The star illuminating Bethlehem

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Get This Free Bible Study on Thanksgiving

Click to get the link to download this free PDF Bible study on the theme of thanksgiving“Thank you.”

It’s a simple statement. Brief and to the point. It’s so meaningful because it expresses acknowledgement and a feeling of appreciation in exchange for an act of kindness or help, a receiving of a gift or favor, or responding to generosity. It conveys the heart-felt message of sincerity and the giving of honor where it’s due.

One important element of the act of being thankful: it cannot be done in a vacuum. You can’t sincerely be thankful without directing it toward a recipient; you must give thanks to someone for it to be purposeful and valid.

The Bible is replete with examples of, and exhortations to show, gratitude—to each other and to God. And when thanking God for bestowing his love and grace and redemption and blessings on us, a natural outgrowth of our gratefulness to him is the outpouring of our praise to him.

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Weekly Brief – Week of November 14, 2021

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I Need Jesus with Me

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And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (NASB)

I stared at my December calendar filled with commitments. There was no room to breathe. Parties. Shopping. Bills. Baking. I struggled with a sense of impending stress and looming anxiety. What had happened to the joyful anticipation of Christmas?

When I was a young girl, my family had used a paper Advent calendar—a winter scene in blue, covered in white glitter. Mom had purchased it at the department store for less than a dollar.

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23 Bible Verses About Thanksgiving and Gratitude

GratitudeLooking for Bible verses about thanksgiving and gratitude? Here are 23 verses that teach us something important about thankfulness.

Psalm 100 (NKJV)

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
  Serve the Lord with gladness;
  Come before His presence with singing.
  Know that the Lord, He is God;
  It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
  We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
  For the Lord is good;
  His mercy is everlasting,
  And His truth endures to all generations.

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How to Live the Bible — The Name of Jesus

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This is the one-hundred-eighty-third lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here.


“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

The name Jesus depicted in bold text

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Be Contagious—Discover Your Natural Style for Sharing Jesus with Others: An Interview with Mark Mittelberg

Mark MittelbergThe Bible instructs Christians to tell others about Jesus, yet modern research shows only 17% of churchgoers know what the term The Great Commission means. Social fear, Bible ignorance, or other reasons stymie believers from sharing God’s love with others. What if God created you with your own particular and natural way of discussing spiritual matters with your friends? What if all you need is to be equipped to talk to people about Jesus in ways that fit your God-given personality?

Bible Gateway interviewed Mark Mittelberg (@MarkMittelberg) about his book, Contagious Faith: Discover Your Natural Style for Sharing Jesus with Others (Zondervan, 2021).

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In light of the global pandemic, what do you want the word “contagious” to communicate in the title of your book?

Mark Mittelberg: If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the potential for things to spread quickly, person-to-person, until what started in one corner of the world can soon go all the way around the globe. This happens with bad things—but it can also happen with positive things, like our faith in Jesus.

I wrote Contagious Faith to explain that God wants to use all of us—ordinary Christians like you and me—to spread his love and truth to the people all around us. The small risks we take to talk to people about Jesus can have ripple effects throughout our circles of friends, our communities, and ultimately around the world.

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Finding Hope in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Joni Eareckson Tada and her husband KenBy Joni Eareckson Tada

A well-known writer once wrote, “The essential thing ‘in heaven and in earth’ is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.”

Ask any marathon runner—it’s that seemingly endless run, that tiring stretch in the middle when you either collapse or courage kicks in. And when your second wind surges you forward, you realize afresh that continuing on instead of giving up makes life worth living.

For me, that tiring stretch happened in 2010 when I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. A mastectomy. A lengthy recovery. A long regimen of chemotherapy that weakened my lungs. For a quadriplegic in her sixties, this felt like too much.

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Weekly Brief – Week of November 7, 2021

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