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Pictured: Franklin Graham with Matt and Laurie Crouch | Grateful! Giving Thanks in Every Season
Sunday, November 1, 2020 / Matt and Laurie Crouch

Giving Thanks in Every Season - 1 THESSALONIANS 5:18

 
As we head into the Thanksgiving and Christmas season this year, there is no doubt that for many of us, our gratefulness to God will be especially abundant as we reflect on His faithfulness through the many months of uncertainty and turmoil that have swept across our nation.
 
The awesome truth is that as followers of Jesus, our hope isn’t determined by the crises and events swirling around us, or even by changing circumstances in our own lives. Our hope, peace, and victory are firmly anchored in the finished work of Christ and in the promises God gives us in His Word.
 
As Christians, during this holiday season we have an opportunity to demonstrate the true meaning of gratefulness to God — for His kindness and blessing to us in every situation — and to actively embrace the apostle Paul’s encouragement in 1 Thessalonians 5:18:
 

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

 
In looking back on America’s first Thanksgiving celebration at Plymouth Rock, we discover that our Pilgrim ancestors took time to express their gratefulness to God in spite of some very challenging circumstances they had to face. The Pilgrims’ very first Thanksgiving in 1621 occurred following a devastating New England winter during which nearly half of those who landed at Plymouth Rock the previous fall perished from disease, starvation, and the harsh elements. It was only the providential arrival of some friendly local Native Americans that allowed the Pilgrims to become established, plant a successful crop, and gather at the end of the season to thank God for His faithfulness and provision.

 

Laurie and Matt sit down with good friend, Franklin Graham, to discuss the day of prayer he and other Christian leaders hosted September 26 on the National Mall in Washington, DC.Fast forward four hundred years, and while our circumstances may look far different from that which the Pilgrims faced, as a nation and people we still stand in need of a touch from God. From the ongoing pandemic to the social turmoil that has impacted so many areas, it is clear that America today needs God’s mercy and intervention.

 

Similarly, like the Pilgrims of old, it is important for us to express our gratitude to God for His faithfulness in our lives and circumstances, in spite of every hardship and uncertainty we may be facing.

 

Recently, Laurie and I sat down with our good friend, Franklin Graham, to talk about the day of prayer he and other Christian leaders hosted September 26 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. On that day tens of thousands of Christians flooded the area around our nation’s Capitol, standing in unified prayer for God’s mercy and for a return of America to faith in Him. You can watch the full program here.

 

“As Christians, during this holiday season we have an opportunity to demonstrate the true meaning of gratefulness to God . . .”

 

If God’s people pray, He will hear and He will answer, Franklin, emphasized. “Pray for repentance,” he said. “Pray for revival. Pray for God to open blind eyes, unstop deaf ears, and bring men and women — the Silent Generation, Boomers, Millennials, Gen X and Gen Z — to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” He added that “it is regenerate people, born again by God’s Spirit, who are empowered by Him to live holy and godly lives.”

 

As Laurie and I listened to Franklin’s heart for revival and restoration in America, our own hearts were ignited afresh with the passion that has been foundational to TBN for nearly fifty years. As my dad, TBN founder Paul Crouch Sr., famously said on many occasions, TBN is all about bringing “souls, souls, souls” to faith and maturity in Christ. Without the “Prince of Peace” there can be no lasting peace on earth.

 

That’s why we are so grateful to you, our many TBN friends and partners, who stand with us in prayer and financial commitment.   Your partnership ensures that day and night TBN’s family of networks is reaching across America and around the world with programming that is ministering the hope and grace of Jesus to untold millions of individuals and families.

 

Thank you from the very depths of our heart for your integral role in helping us make the love of Jesus clear and resonant across the earth. Now and throughout the year, our prayer is that God will bless you and yours abundantly and empower you in the crucial days ahead to be fruitful for His Kingdom.
 
We love you.
 

Matt & Laurie

 

 

Ruth and Billy GrahamChristmas with Billy and Ruth Graham

During his interview with Matt and Laurie, Franklin Graham reminisced about Christmastime growing up in the household of his famous parents, Billy and Ruth Graham — and introduced Billy and Ruth’s beloved holiday classic, This Christmas Night. Check out the entire program with Franklin Graham above, and get your own copy of This Christmas Night as our thanks for your partnership with TBN. © Photo Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA)
Ruth and Billy Graham's book —This Christmas Night