A Season of Thanksgiving

‘Tis the season, right? So many people are looking forward to the fourth Thursday of November. It’s a great day for gluttony. Isn’t that thanksgiving? Saying a 5-second prayer, stuffing yourself with food all day, arguing about politics, maybe going outside and throwing a football, and definitely standing in long lines with greedy people while going shopping to get those deals…sounds like thanksgiving, doesn’t it? 

For many, this is as good as it gets. They stress out over the meal being perfect while missing the whole point. The season of thanksgiving is to be daily. The Bible says to “rejoice evermore”, “rejoice in the Lord always”, and “in everything give thanks”. It sounds like thanksgiving and praise ought to be the lifestyle of a child of God. Why have we settled for a commercialized substitute?

You have a choice. You can be like people who thinks it’s about a turkey, a day off, or discounts. Or, you can choose to live in thanksgiving daily to the One who gave you life and gave His life for you. It sounds like an easy decision to me.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a brand new church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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