With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, most of us have spent the month of November sharing our appreciation for others, as well as planning our big Thanksgiving Day feasts.
But we must not forget to thank God, above all else, for blessing us with the holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving and highlighted by Christmas.
So, what does the Bible say about being thankful? Here are 8 verses to remember during the Thanksgiving holiday:
Colossians 3: 15-17 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Thessalonians 5:18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 95:2 2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Colossians 2: 6-7 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Ephesians 1: 16-17 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Romans 1: 21 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Psalm 106: 1 1 Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Philippians 4: 6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving!
Originally posted on STLAmerican.com.
Christmas will be brighter for many families in the St. Louis and Metro East communities thanks to Christmas in November, a national cares initiative hosted by the Church of God in Christ, Inc.
“During the COGIC 110th Holy Convocation, Christmas in November will be one of many tremendous events to occur that will demonstrate the church’s love for community and for the whole man,” said Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr., presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. “We believe that we should reflect the love and compassion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in all that we do.”
The Holy Convocation is a seven-day spiritual rejuvenation event for the denomination, where over 50,000 members converge on the city to pray, fellowship, minister and reflect on the previous year in order to prepare for the future. Christmas in November is held annually during the COGIC Holy Convocation. This year’s convocation is convening November 6-14 at St. Louis America’s Center and the Edwards Jones Dome.
Christmas in November will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 11 at Williams Temple COGIC, 5300 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. It is a national COGIC Cares initiative that provides low-income community residents with goods and services through the work of evangelism in an effort to provide a quality Christmas for men, women and children who otherwise could not afford one.
Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten, Sr., pastor of Williams Temple COGIC and member of the COGIC General Board, has coordinated Christmas in November since 2010, when the COGIC Holy Convocation moved from Memphis, Tenn. to St. Louis.
“Last year we were able to help many low-income and needy families in the community”, Bishop Wooten said. “Again, this year, we will be able to bless the community with hygiene items, non-perishable food, new toys and clothes, free groceries, appliances, small household items, cosmetics, health screenings, hot lunches, haircuts, job referrals and free cell phones with minutes for those who qualify.”
International Evangelist Shirley Wooten, co-coordinator of the event, said about 1,000 families attended the giveaway last year. She said each of the 1000 families averaged about five people or more per household.
Evangelist Wooten said making the COGIC Cares event happen is a yearlong process, but it’s an effort that she feels is an important one in being able to help others, especially those who might be less fortunate.