Words from the Heart
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Pastor Bob Beasley
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Bible League Canada
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For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Matthew 7:8 (NKJV)
Reasons for Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving. During the American Revolution, Americans loyal to The Crown moved to Canada and brought along Thanksgiving customs and practices. So there are many similarities in the Thanksgiving meals in both countries. There are some slight differences in the foods eaten, however. For example, Canadian pumpkin pie is often spicy, with ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon, while American pumpkin pie is typically sweeter. Canadians prefer to bake their sweet potatoes or mash them into a puree, while Americans add butter, sugar and spices to make a casserole topped with marshmallows.
We have so much for which to be thankful on this day we set aside to offer thanks. We live in the perhaps the wealthiest country on the planet, and enjoy freedoms that others can only dream about. We have a social safety net that provides for those who have the greatest needs, and we aren’t faced with the possibility of violence every time we leave our homes. This is a great blessing, but sometimes I fear that our prosperity causes us to fail to trust God for our blessings. Jesus gives this promise in Matthew 7:8: “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” God is the source of every blessing we have in this life – our material blessings, our family blessings, our financial blessings. And He is willing to meet every need we have, if we will just ask Him. In your prosperity, do not forget to call out to the Lord. He really is just a prayer away. The promises in our text for today are from the lips of Jesus Himself. So ask – you will receive. Seek – you will find. Knock – and Jesus will open the doors you need opened.
These have been words from the heart.