First Southern Baptist Church of Coalinga
Sunday, November 26, 2017 Worship Service
Worship Service Message Outline and Scriptures for Sunday, November 26, 2017
Locations & Times
  • First Southern Baptist Church of Coalinga
    297 Washington St, Coalinga, CA 93210, USA
    Sunday 11:00 AM
So far Cathy and I have three grandchildren. Tatum is 4 years old, Teagan is 2 years old and Torren is 10 months old. Their parents are teaching them a very valuable virtue. They are learning to say please and thank you. This may not seem significant, but it teaches them to appreciate others and not just think about themselves. This prevents them from growing up self-centered and having an attitude of entitlement, as so many seem to have today. I have to say, as their Grandpa, that they are really cute when I hear their little voices say, “Please” or “Thank you”!
This value of being thankful must be taught, without it they will not show appreciation and respect for others. It effects our relationship with others, whether it be in our marriages, our family, our friends, church, employment, communities or schools. Our environment and our relating to others can be effected in a positive way by simply saying, “Thank you”.
Here are some ways that we can say thank you to others:
Words can’t even begin to express my gratitude.
Thank you very much!
Thank you for taking time with me.
All my love, thanks!
What would I do without you?!
I sure appreciate you and all that you do!
Words of thanks with a genuine heart can have a great impact on others!
It produces a positive emotional state from within.
It increases a sense of well being that life is good.
It triggers ‘feel good’ hormones that make you feel good.
It reinforces the virtuous cycle in your brain to do good to others.

Those on the receiving end of being thanked…
Feel higher levels of self worth.
Develop a greater desire to help the one who is thankful.
Appreciate being needed and recognized by others.
Their self esteem is boosted.
Harry Ironside, former Pastor of Moody Church in Chicago in the early 1900’s, said,
“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”
There is a great example in scripture of gratitude, praise and thankfulness to God. It’s found in Isaiah 38.
In Isaiah 38: 9 – 20 Hezekiah shared and recorded the detailed events of this event in his life for others to know.
King Hezekiah had a close relationship with God. II Chronicles 31:20 tells us that he was one who did “what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God.”
But Hezekiah’s father, Ahaz, was a wicked king who dishonored God. Hezekiah restored glory to God. He destroyed pagan idols and pagan temples. He destroyed the bronze serpent that Moses made, because it became an idol that was worshipped instead of God. The temple doors were opened after his father had nailed them shut. The Levitical priesthood was reinstated. The Passover became a nationally observed again. Hezekiah honored God because he loved Him and had a greatful and thankful heart for God.
Because Hezekiah was thankful for his relationship with God and his gratitude for Him, God blessed him. Look at II Kings 18: 6 – 7.
Hezekiah truly loved God with all his heart, mind, and soul as commanded in Deuteronomy 6:4-5. He was able to lay before God his deepest thoughts, concerns and his pleas.
Could you approach God with the sincerity and boldness through prayer as Hezekiah did?

Would you give God thanks personally and publicly as Hezekiah did?
For those last fifteen years of Hezekiah’s life God blessed Him. We an be sure Hezekiah praised God with a thankful heart more than ever in those last years.
We don’t know how many years of life we have left to live, but will we choose to share the things that God has done in our lives? Say “Thank you” to God and others and see the power of God transform our lives and those around us!

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