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Billy Graham on Thanksgiving

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:48
 
 
In 1952, Billy Graham shared the following special Thanksgiving message in the Hour of Decision TV program.

Great is God’s faithfulness. You know, the American people this year ought to be on their knees right now thanking Almighty God for all the tremendous and glorious blessings that we’ve received during the past year.

I have a verse to give to the American people from the Bible. Luke, the twelfth chapter and the forty eighth verse, “Under whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” These are the words of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ said to whom much is given, much is required.

God has given to the American people more blessing than we have ever had in our history and I wonder if we think to thank God.

Remember the ten lepers that came to Jesus Christ? Ten lepers came to Christ and He healed them all but only one came back and said that he was thankful.

We have much to be thankful for… the clothes that we wear, the food that we eat, the shelter over our head.  All of that comes from God because the Bible says every good and perfect gift cometh from God. It’s all a provision of His hands.

I’m thankful for that, to worship God according to the dictates of my conscience. I thank God for the freedom we have of preaching the Gospel. I thank God, this year, for all that God has poured out upon us.

I wonder if you’ve stopped to thank God for the blessings you have. I wonder if you’ve stopped to thank God that you’re just existing, that you’re just living this year.

You have a thousand things to thank God for this Thanksgiving.  It all came from Him. He’s given us much.

Our Father and our God, we’re deeply grateful and thankful to Thee for all for he blessings that we’ve received during the past year but, most of all, we thank Thee for the great gift of salvation that is in Thy Son Jesus Christ and we pray that just now many shall accept the gift of Thy love by saying “yes” to Jesus Christ.

Today we wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.

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