Why I’m Thankful

Another Thanksgiving Day is nearly done. I’d be remiss if I didn’t stop and say thanks for a few things.

  • Dallas Stars, Texas A&M Football, Texas Rangers, and yes, even the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Twitter, Django, Netflix, Apple TV, MacBooks, iPhones.

  • Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Edward Snowden, and many more who are trying to reform our country. We need to get back to the constitutional republic that the Founding Fathers gave us.

  • Hard Hitters: A wonderful group of girls (and their families) that are a joy to coach.

  • In-Laws: Extremely generous and supportive. I can’t begin to say thanks for all the help they provide with the kids.

  • Parents: Generous to a fault. They would do anything for me and my family.

  • Teazzers: My bosses, co-workers, customers, and suppliers which allow me to earn a living and provide for my family.

  • Trinity Presbyterian Church: I am so thankful that my family hears, sings, prays, speaks the Gospel while sitting under the teaching of faithful ministers. I’m also thankful for the friendships we’ve made.

  • My three children: Emma, Molly, and William who are a never ending source of joy.

  • My fabulous wife Shannon: I wouldn’t want to do this with anyone else by my side.

  • Jesus Christ: His substitutionary, atoning sacrifce on the cross and His resurrection for my justification. I am so undeserving of the love of the great triune God.

A Time to Give Thanks

Here is a brief list of things that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving.

  • God’s grace in saving a sinner like me
  • Christ’s death and resurrection
  • Christ’s righteousness
  • The Word of God
  • My wonderful wife, Shannon
  • My two daughters, Emma and Molly
  • My son, Will, due in April
  • My friends and family
  • My LifeGroup
  • The internet and technology that allows the Gospel of Christ to be shared and proclaimed like never before
  • My job at Teazzers

What about you?

A God Worth Thanking

Tape 2460.01
Worship Arts Pastor, John Maikowski

It’s more about who God is than what He’s done.

Secondary — Natural Gratitude

Primary — Gracious Gratitude

For Further Reflection

Listen to A God Worth Thanking with iTunes.

A Hymn of Thanksgiving

Tape 2409.01

Senior Pastor, Gene Getz

A Hymn of Thanksgiving

Psalm 136

Give thanks for God’s goodness.

Psalm 136:1-3

Give thanks to Yahweh—the great I AM. The one and only true God.

Give thanks for God’s creation.

Psalm 136:4-9

Yahweh alone does great wonders.

Give thanks for God’s redemption.

Psalm 136:10-24

  • From Egypt. Psalm 136:10-22
  • From Babylonian captivity. Psalm 136:23-24

Give thanks for God’s sustenance.

Psalm 136:25

Give thanks for God’s goodness.

Psalm 136:26

The rest of the story

Ephesians 1:3-8; Ephesians 1:13,14; Ephesians 2:8-10

At the age of 15, John Milton provided him interpretation of Psalm 136 with the hymn “Let us with Gladsome Mind“.