stoneshms.jpg - 54764 Bytes
Our Priority,
Our Philosophy,
Our Position,
Our Programs,
Our Physical LocationOutside Links-
Baptist Bastion,
Books and Bibles Online,
HomeSchool Sailor,
Fundamentally Basic,
Religions & Cults,
More Christian ResourcesSupported Missions,
Other Missions,
World Church DirectoryRecent Additions to Our Site
Home PageSermons in Type,
Sermons on Tape,
Doctrinal WritingsOur Pastor,
Our PeopleAsk the Pastor,
Pastors Pen Online,
Memorization,
Daily Devotions
galley.gif - 2962 Bytes
......................
Ask the Pastor
......................
red_tri.gif - 202 Bytes Pastor's Pen
......................
Memorization
......................


Quick Links
clear.gif - 808 Bytes
clear.gif - 808 BytesOur Priorities
clear.gif - 808 BytesOur Constitution
clear.gif - 808 BytesOur Pastor
clear.gif - 808 BytesOur Programs
clear.gif - 808 BytesOur Location
clear.gif - 808 BytesOur Missionaries

......................
Favorites
clear.gif - 808 Bytes
clear.gif - 808 BytesGoogle Search
clear.gif - 808 BytesAsk the Pastor
clear.gif - 808 BytesDoctrinal Writings
clear.gif - 808 BytesFresh Supplies

......................

Thank you for visiting. Please send spiritual comments to Pastor's Pen

......................

Please e-mail all other comments to WindJammer

......................

Ambassador Baptist Church
1926 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
(412)822-7255
clear.gif - 808 Bytes
clear.gif - 808 Bytes clear.gif - 808 Bytes
ppen13s.jpg - 2613 Bytes
clear.gif - 808 Bytes pp.gif - 1611 Bytes clear.gif - 808 Bytes

November 1993

 previous -------------- next

"In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you," (I Thes. 5:18).
 A few weeks ago, while on vacation, my family stopped at the former home of President William Henry Harrison, which is known as the Berkeley Plantation. While this location has played an important roll both in the history of Virginia and of the United States as a whole, one event which took place there stood out in my mind. We walked to the back of the property, and down along the James River we found a marker commemorating that it was on this spot in 1619 that the first official Thanksgiving was observed in America. A group of settlers from England disembarked from their ship after a three month voyage, and gave thanks to God for His gracious provision to them.

 We have come a long way in the past 375 years. We have more to be grateful for than any previous generation. Medical and technological advances make our lives longer and more pleasurable. New discoveries abound. And, of course, the grace and power of God is as available as it has ever been. Yet what has been the reaction of society? Paul knew; for he told Timothy that in the last days men would be "lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud ... untruthful," (II Timothy 3:2). Man looks at all that he has and praises himself. He forgets that James wrote that "every good gift ... is from above, and cometh down from the Father" (James I:17). He forgets that the Psalmist wrote, "This is the day which the Lord hath made", (Psalm 118:24). Psalm 100 teaches "Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves." The teaching of Scripture is clear: man has nothing to boast of in himself. All that we have, and all that we are, comes directly from God.

 We as believers must remember to be thankful. God has done so much for us that we cannot help but praise His name, and continually thank Him. The song writer put it this way:

Thanks to God for my Redeemer, Thanks for all Thou dost provide.
Thanks for times now but a memory, Thanks for Jesus by my side.
Thanks for pleasant, cheerful springtime, Thanks for summer, winter, fall,
Thanks for tears by now forgotten, Thanks for peace within my soul.


Thanks for prayers that thou hast answered, Thanks for what Thou dost deny,
Thanks for storms that I have weathered, Thanks for all Thou dost supply.
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure, Thanks for comfort in despair,
Thanks for grace that none can measure, Thanks for love beyond compare.


Thanks for roses by the wayside, Thanks for thorns their stems contain
Thanks for home, and thanks for fireside, Thanks for love, that sweet refrain.
Thanks for joy, and thanks for sorrow, Thanks for heavenly peace with Thee
Thanks for hope in the tomorrow, Thanks through all eternity.
May we make this day, and everyday, a continual festival of praise and thanksgiving to our Lord.

Your Pastor
Mark Montgomery
 previous -------------- next



Return to Top
Return to The Pastor's Pen
Return to The Galley
His Majesty's Service
Home of Ambassador Baptist Church
1926 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
(412)822-7255
clear.gif - 808 Bytes