All Nations Community Church
Give Thanks Pt. 3
In good times, we can be thankful for the blessings. The new house, friendships, and promotion should be celebrated. However, in the moments of despair, waiting, and grief we can still give thanks. We can be thankful because we worship a good God that loves us, will never leave us, and can meet us right where we are. It’s easy to be thankful on Thanksgiving. It’s an entire holiday about gratitude. Across America, families will watch parades, eat turkey, and celebrate God’s provision over the past year. God wants us to be thankful, but His vision for thankfulness is bigger than a once-a-year celebration. We must give thanks all the time and for everything. We are called to be thankful daily, not just once a year.
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  • All Nations Community Church
    18620 Kedzie Ave, Homewood, IL 60430, USA
    Sunday 8:45 AM
Psalm 111 and 112: From reading Psalm 111 and 112 together, we can naturally see the connection between the two. The former focuses on the works of God and God's word. The latter addresses the works of the righteous man.

Psalm 111: The "Big Idea" of Psalm is that we should praise the covenant-keeping God for his works and words.

The psalmist reveals two aspects of biblical praise
- Personal affection: "I will praise (yadah) the Lord (Yahweh) with my whole heart." The psalmist is expressing that nothing held back his praise…

- Corporate participation: Praise is a corporate thing. The psalmist says that not only will he praise God with a whole heart, but he will praise God where people gather -- assembly (small, intimate group) or congregation (large gathering).
Psalm 111 reveals that God's works are amazing and God’s words are true…

In Psalm 112, we learn that the godly are blessed for doing the works of God.

We are blessed because of right relationship, vv. 1-4
- Blessed in our private life, v. 1
- Blessed in our family life, v. 2
- Blessed in our finances, v. 3
- Blessed in our hardships, v. 4

We are blessed with right resources, vv. 5-9
- Blessed to be caring, v. 5
- Blessed to be consistent, vv. 6-9
- vv. 5-9 summed up is about mercy
- Mercy is an attitude and action of kindness toward the undeserving.
Talk it over:
1. What is one or two things that stood out to you from this "Give Thanks" sermon series?
2. Why is it important to intentionally remember God’s works and God's Word?
3. What does this passage reveal about the connection between God's work and God's worshiper?
4. Describe a time when you received mercy from another person. What were you feelings? Describe a time when you distributed mercy. What were you feelings? Compare and contrast you feelings as a recipient of mercy and a distributor of mercy. How are those feelings different? How are those feelings similar?