感恩节 Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day
• Equivalent to the Chinese New Year’s Eve as a
day for family reunion
• Most restaurants and shops are closed
• Contrary to the commercialism of Christmas, it
emphasizes more the sweet and joyous gathering
of families and friends in the homes
• A time to thank God for His care and supply
• Symbolized by a turkey meal
History of Thanksgiving(1)
• In the 17th century, Puritans suffered
persecution in England and actively
searched for a new environment of
religious freedom oversea.
• From September to November, 1620,
102 pilgrims sailed on a ship called the
Mayflower for sixty six days.
• In December, they arrived at
today’s Plymouth, Massachusetts,
America.
History of Thanksgiving(2)
• Upon arrival, they had to face the severe
coldness of their first winter in the New World.
• As the snow fell, their houses were not yet built,
so many sheltered in the ship for the winter.
• They suffered from the lack of
food and an outbreak of diseases
including scurvy, pneumonia,
and typhus.
• Only half of them survived.
History of Thanksgiving (3)
• On April 15, 1621, the Mayflower voyaged back to England.
All the surviving pilgrims chose to stay in the New World.
• In October, 1621, the pilgrims had their first harvest and held a
great feast in Plymouth for three days to thank God and the
Indians who helped them survive the winter and taught them
hunting, fishing, and farming.
• In 1623, the Pilgrims held an even greater Thanksgiving feast.
• As the American civil war was ending, on
October 3, 1863, President Lincoln announced
the last Thursday of November to be
Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday.
The Thanksgiving Story
Across the Ocean
America
Faith
Freedom
England
Money
Education
Pleasure
Success
Across the Ocean
USA
China
What are you seeking?
Money?Education?Pleasure?Success?
Money cannot satisfy man,
Education cannot satisfy man,
Pleasure cannot satisfy man,
Success cannot satisfy man.
Why?
Because……
in the deepest part of man,
there is a need.
Three parts of man
spirit
soul
body
“May your spirit and soul and body be
preserved complete.”
---1 Thessalonians 5:23
“Life”, in the original Greek
text of the New Testament, is
denoted by three words.
BIOS
PSUCHE
ZOE
Referring to the life of our
physical body; the root of
BIOS:
the word for “biology”
Referring to the life of our
PSUCHE: soul; the root of the word for
“psychology”
Referring to the life of God,
ZOE:
the life of the Spirit, the
uncreated, eternal,
indestructible, incorruptible,
unique, and highest life.
The Human life — the Needs of
the body, soul, and spirit
Clothing
Food
Knowledge
body soul spirit Amusement
Housing
Love
Transportation
All our problems come from
the emptiness in our spirit
God’s Economy
GOD
How can God
come into man?
Ascension
GOD
Life-giving Spirit
Crucifixion
Incarnation
Jesus
MAN
Human
Living
death
GOD
What Should You Do
To receive God
as your satisfaction?
How to receive the life of God —
the Lord Jesus?
Calling, Praying
O Lord Jesus! Lord Jesus! I turn to You! I
need You! Please come into my spirit to be
my life and deep satisfaction. Make me a
satisfied and thankful person. Amen!
“God desires all men to be saved and to
come to the full knowledge of the truth.”
---1 Timothy 2:4
“In regards to this great Book (the Bible),
I have but to say it is the best
gift God has given to man. All the good
the Savior gave to the world was
communicated through this Book.”
---Abraham Lincoln
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