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Episode #9: A Christ-Centric Thanksgiving for Your Kids

In this episode Josh and I delve into multiple aspects of Thanksgiving. We talk about how our families celebrate Thanksgiving and some of the interesting tensions that arise because of the differing views on faith and God. We then talk a little about the history and Christian roots of Thanksgiving (Were the Pilgrims practicing Open Communion?). Then we dive into what scripture has to say about giving thanks, particularly in Psalms 136 and 98 and how to talk to our kids about being thankful to God and what He has done for us in Christ. We round thing out by talking about the transition from Thanksgiving to Advent and the Christmas shopping season.


Psalm 136:3-9 (ESV)

Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever;

Psalm 98:1 (ESV)

Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things!

Hebrews 13:15 (ESV)

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

Romans 8:31-37 (ESV)

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a] against us?
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died — more than that, who was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
As it is written,

“For your sake(I) we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us

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November 27, 2008

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