Pastor Armstrong's Thanksgiving Eve sermon is based on Luke 17:11-19.
“God at Work” (Luke 17:11-19)
I. Leprosy _______________ the ten men (vv.12-13).
A. ____________experience of isolation (v.12).
B. They make, with one voice, an open-ended request (v.13).
C. ______________ knows no boundaries, but neither does God’s ________________. Cleansing restored them to community life (v.14)
II. “Kindness” (mercy) _______________ the ten men (vv.14-19)
A. Only one _____________ and was _____________ to acknowledge God (vv. 15-16).
B. The Samaritan recognized God at work in ___________________ (vv.15-18).
C. How should one respond to God’s mercy? (Vv.15-16; Ephesians 5:20).
III. Application: All ten were cleansed (v.14). Temporal gifts are a given automatically. By striving for the temporal, we are likely to miss the __________________gifts of God.
31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:31-33)
Give us this day our daily bread.
What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. (Small Catechism)