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THANKSGIVING: Hurricanes shift holiday preachingNAPLES, Fla. (BP) -- In hurricane-devastated areas of Texas and Florida, Thanksgiving preaching might have been a unique challenge this year at congregations where homes, businesses and church buildings were lost to severe weather.
Yet pastors in Texas, where Hurricane Harvey hit in late August, and Florida, where Hurricane Irma hit in September, say their congregations have overflowed with thanks this fall, and Thanksgiving preaching has turned out to be a unique joy. Read More
THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks 'in' & 'for'
Michael Kelley ponders whether there is a difference in giving thanks "in" all circumstances and giving thanks "for" all circumstances. Read More
THANKSGIVING: Should you 'thank' your way to thankfulness?
Michael Kelley ponders whether it is possible to "thank your way into a spirit of gratitude, or is doing so disingenuous and fake?" One key, he notes, is to remember that "true gratitude is rooted not in circumstance but in the character of God." Read More
The first Thanksgiving: myth and realityPIPPA PASSES, Ky. (BP) -- When Americans think about the first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621, they tend to reflect back to images of smiling Pilgrims and Native Americans huddled around a large table filled with copious amounts of food.
In addition, there is the image of a Pilgrim elder offering an extended season of prayer over the feast. Read More
At Thanksgiving, immigrants & refugees cherish freedomATLANTA (BP) -- Dung Duong remembers the long walk from South Vietnam to Cambodia as he, his father and brother fled life at the hands of the communists who had overrun their nation 15 years earlier.
The year was 1989 but thoughts of that suffering -- including losing friends who took to the open sea in small boats and were never rescued -- remains with him to this day. Read More
Thanksgiving sweetened by Baptist children's homesNASHVILLE (BP) -- In one Tennessee household, this year's Thanksgiving table will include an unusual centerpiece: the letters Y-E-S made of black pressed wood.
With a new 10-year-old daughter in their house, Jennifer and Rusty plan to place the letters on their table as a reminder of what God does when believers say "yes" to His will without knowing precisely where He's leading. For them, saying yes led to adopting a child through the Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes. Read More
Platt livestream cites thanksgiving as IMB's aimRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Thanksgiving is among the central aims of missions.
That was International Mission Board President David Platt's assertion in a Nov. 21 Thanksgiving livestream event that included an update on the IMB's financial status and interviews with personnel serving overseas.
"When we go and proclaim the Gospel and people receive the grace of God ... they will give thanks to God for His grace, and He will receive glory through that," Platt said, basing his comments on 2 Corinthians 4:15, a theme verse for the presentation. Read More
THANKSGIVING: Not just a holiday or shopping melee
Thanksgiving shouldn't be a once-a-year event for Christians but a "many-times-a-day experience," John Weaver writes. "Jesus rose from the grave, making His abundant and eternal life possible to those who trust in Him." Read More
Study: What are Americans thankful for?NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Americans count their blessings at Thanksgiving, God will get most of the credit, a new study shows. And money might be the last thing on their minds.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say they give thanks to God on that day, according to LifeWay Research. Fifty-seven percent give thanks to their family. About a third (31 percent) thank friends. Eight percent thank themselves, while 4 percent thank fate.
Most Americans are thankful for family (88 percent), health (77 percent), personal freedom (72 percent) and friends (71 percent). Fewer give thanks for wealth (32 percent) or achievements (51 percent), the study shows. Read More
ANALYSIS: God in Thanksgiving proclamations
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Each fall since 1863, the sitting U.S. president has issued a proclamation declaring a national day of Thanksgiving. Though perhaps viewed by some as merely a pro forma holiday ritual, these proclamations evidence the rich American tradition of government leaders' officially invoking God's guidance and care.
Without violating the First Amendment's prohibition of establishing an official American religion, these proclamations highlight the validity of official and public ... Read More