The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/21/2006):

Giving Thanks or Grumbling? Which Will It Be?
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE points directly to the biblical idea of giving thanks to God in all things. Spirit-filled believers are not grumblers! Author John Stott writes about Ephesians 5:20.

Recently our church put together a month-long worship curriculum
including an entire week of emphasis on THANKSGIVING.
Please take a look:

We are to be "always and for everything giving thanks" (Eph. 5:20). Most of us give thanks sometimes for some things; Spirit-filled believers give thanks always for all things. There is no time at which, and no circumstance for which, they do not give thanks. They do so "in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ," that is because they are one with Christ and "to God the Father," because the Holy Spirit witnesses with their spirit that they are God's children and that their Father is wholly good and wise. Grumbling, one of Israel's besetting sings, is serious because it is a symptom of unbelief. Whenever we start moaning and groaning, it is proof positive that we are not filled with the Spirit. Whenever the Holy Spirit fills believers, they thank their heavenly Father at all times for all things.

óJohn Stott. BAPTISM AND FULLNESS, Second Edition. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1976, p. 58. ISBN 0877846480.

Other WORSHIP QUOTES for Thanksgiving.
=========================== (Bumper Sticker) (Nouwen) (Thanksgiving Psalm) (Barnes) (Various Authors) (Willard/Calvin/Hebrews) (Various Scriptures) (Getty/Townend Hymn) (C. S. Lewis) (Colossians 3)

Giving thanks,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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