“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.” – Psalm 115:1

Readings

Leviticus 26:1-13 · John 15:1-16 · Psalm 104:24-35

Sermon

The first harvest which the New England colonists reaped upon our shores was made the occasion of special thanksgiving and prayer to God. The importance of this first harvest, which meant that the colonists had gained a foothold in the new land, increased as its significance became better understood until, under President Lincoln in 1863, it was made a permanent national celebration.

From a very small beginning we have grown to become the richest and most powerful nation that the world has ever seen. The harvest is from the Lord’s hand. So today we celebrate that first harvest in recognition of the Lord as God over the destiny of nations as well as of individuals.

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“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever,” by Louis A. Dole

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“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” – Psalm 136:1

Readings

Isaiah 51:1-11 · Luke 18:9-22 · Psalm 136

Sermon

Many times in the Scriptures we are told to give thanks to God. This is because thanksgiving is meaningless without God, and the observance of Thanksgiving Day futile save in connection with the acknowledgment of our debts to Him.

There is no one who has not many things for which to be thankful. Gratitude is one of the virtues and is possible on all planes of life. From the lowest to the highest all can give thanks. The natural man can give thanks for blessings received. He is grateful for the good things of life. He gives thanks to God for his food and clothing and for worldly success. And this is proper. How much better it is that one should thus recognize his Heavenly Father in these things than that with indifference to their source he should partake of the material blessings of life, appropriating to his own use whatever appeals to his appetites without a thought beyond their gratification! It is good for him to give thanks for his blessings, for it leads him to look outside of himself, and to recognize and love the source of his blessings.

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“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open unto you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
“And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.” – Malachi 3:10-12

Reading

Malachi 3:6-18

Sermon

A curse had fallen upon Israel. When Israel kept the laws of the Lord, they prospered, they were given victory over all their enemies, their fields yielded abundantly, and they dwelt in security and peace. But in the days of Malachi the commandments were not kept and want, distress, and afflictions overtook them. Then the prophet Malachi was sent to them. He told them the cause of their troubles. They had robbed God. Then the Lord told them through the prophet how they could again be prospered, though He knew that they would neither believe nor obey.

The Bible is God’s message to men for all time. It is true today that if men would keep the Divine laws summarized in the two great commandments, they would dwell in security, abundance, and peace.

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