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For each letter of the alphabet below, list one thing you are grateful for that begins with each letter. Some examples are already filled in to get you started.

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B – Bible

C

D

E

F

G

H – Hot water

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M

N

O

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When we begin to give it serious thought, we can find many things for which to be thankful–family, jobs, income, homes, running water, good weather–all of which are gifts from God. This Thanksgiving season, it may be helpful to turn our focus to some other intangible things we received from God through Jesus Christ.

Read Ephesians 1:3-14
1. List at least five things that God had done for you from this section of scripture.

2. Copy Ephesians 1:4 here.
3. What does it mean to be chosen by God?

4. What do the following verses teach about God’s having chosen us?
▸ Deuteronomy 14:2
▸ Psalm 4:3
▸ Romans 8:30
▸ 2 Thessalonians 2:13
▸ 2 Timothy 1:9
▸ 1 Peter 2:9

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This is definitely the time to count your blessings. It helps to have a song to sing along with as you do!

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As part of my mission to help others and myself improve Bible literacy, this post is dedicated to a Thanksgiving Bible Study I prepared for my friends. I hope you enjoy working your way through it.

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THANKSGIVING BIBLE STUDY

When we begin to give it serious thought, we can find many things for which to be thankful–family, jobs, income, homes, running water, good weather–all of which are gifts from God. This Thanksgiving season, it may be helpful to turn our focus to some other intangible things we received from God through Jesus Christ.

Read Ephesians 1:3-14
1. List at least five things that God had done for you from this section of scripture.

2. Copy Ephesians 1:4 here or into you journal or simply onto a blank piece of paper.

3. What does it mean to be chosen by God?

4. What do the following verses teach about God’s having chosen us?
▸ Deuteronomy 14:2

▸ Psalm 4:3

▸ Romans 8:30

▸ 2 Thessalonians 2:13

▸ 2 Timothy 1:9

▸ 1 Peter 2:9

5. Copy Ephesians 1:7a here or into you journal or simply onto a blank piece of paper.

6. What does it mean to have redemption (be redeemed)?

7. From what are we redeemed?

8. What do the following verses teach?
▸ Psalm 49:7-8

▸ Matthew 20:28

▸ Galatians 3:13

▸ Galatians 4:5

▸ Titus 2:14

▸ Hebrews 9:12

▸ 1 Peter 1:18-19

9. Copy Ephesians 1:7b here or into you journal or simply onto a blank piece of paper.
10. What does it mean that we have forgiveness of sins?
11. What do the following verses teach?

▸ Romans 3:23-26

▸ 1 John 4:10

▸ Revelation 1:5

12. Copy Ephesians 1:5 here or into you journal or simply onto a blank piece of paper..

13. What does it mean that God has predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ?

14. What do the following verses teach?
▸ Romans 8:14-17

▸ Galatians 4:4-7

15. As you consider this study, what does your heart long to tell the Father? For what are you grateful? Pour out your thanks to God for all that He has done, is doing and will do for you and on your behalf.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

May the God of the universe, creator of all that is seen and unseen, bless you and your family and fill your hearts with gratitude towards Him, for He alone is worthy of praise! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Be deliberate in your giving of thanks this year.  Here’s an exercise I like to use in my devotional time to give thanks for all that God had given me.
Instructions:
For each letter of the alphabet below, list one thing you are grateful for that begins with each letter.  For example, J – Jesus, S – Salvation, M – Martha (a friend):
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B
C
D
E
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G
H
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J
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  1. When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
    When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
    Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

    • Refrain:
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      *Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
      [*And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.]
  2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
    Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
    Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
    And you will keep singing as the days go by.
  3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
    Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
    Count your many blessings—money cannot buy
    Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
  4. So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
    Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
    Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
    Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Johnson Oatman, Jr.

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