“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy,” by Louis A. Dole

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“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126:5

Readings

Leviticus 26:1-13 · Revelation 11:1-19 · Psalm 30

Sermon

The one hundred twenty-sixth Psalm, from which this text is taken, is a Psalm of thanksgiving, though it speaks of tears and weeping. It looks through the tears; it sees through the weeping. It is true to the Gospel, “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” It is true to life. The deepest emotions and joys are not expressed by laughter. The philosophy which portrays a happy life as one of mirth, ease, and pleasure is a hollow philosophy, and its followers lead shallow lives. Nothing of value is obtained without effort and sacrifice. The body does not grow strong without labor; the mind does not gain knowledge and power without effort. We have to give up ease and self-indulgence and apply ourselves to our tasks if we are to gain in strength and wisdom. The commonplace is bought at the commonplace price. Worth-while things cost. Their cost is self-denial. “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

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“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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“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” – Psalm 103:1-2

Readings

Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23 · Revelation 14:1-7 · Psalm 103

Sermon

In the Word we find numerous and beautiful references to the value of thanksgiving, of the acknowledgment and confession of the Lord’s goodness, and of the mercies which He bestows: thanksgiving for spiritual blessings. “I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee.”

There are thanksgivings for the coming of the Lord and the establishment and growth of His kingdom, and thanksgivings for His presence with us, enlightening us to see the way of life and delivering us from spiritual bondage. So the Psalmist writes, “I will offer unto thee the sacrifices of thanksgiving.”

The Lord commissioned His apostles saying, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” The word translated creature here means every created thing. The Lord could give this command because He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and could say “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” We recall that the Lord by His miracles, the turning of the water into wine, the stilling of the storm, the healing of all manner of sicknesses, showed that He had this power.

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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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