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Antioch, California, United States
John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Thanksgiving Series
Thanksgiving Propels a Release of Blessings

Memory verse: Psalm 107:1 (NKJV) Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Text: Psalm 100

1.     The Mandate—The Bible directs us to be thankful.
Psalm 100:4; Colossians 3:15;1 Thessalonians 5:18; Psalm 115:3; Psalm 103:19; Romans 8:28; Psalm 139:14; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Psalm 118:24

 “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”-- Westminster Shorter Catechism

God has given you a gift of life and what you do with that life is a gift to God”—Anonymous  

2.     The Manifestation—Thanksgiving is a byproduct of the infilling of the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 5:18–19

ILLUSTARTION: Cyprian’s Thanksgiving
 “I heartily thank Almighty God who is pleased to set me free from the chains of the body.”

3.     The Means--Thankfulness is a Catalyst to Answered Prayers.
Philippians 4:6; Psalm 34:1

   To swear is wicked because it is taking God’s name in vain. To murmur is likewise wicked for it takes God’s promises in vain.
•   When in deep water, it’s a good idea to keep your mouth shut.
—St. Louis Labor Tribune

4.     The Miracle--Thanksgiving Activates a Miraculous Breakthrough in your life
Jonah 2:9–10

"It isn't life that matters but the courage you bring to it."

"Blessed be all sorrow, hardships
and endurance that demand courage. Blessed be these things: for of
these things cometh the making of a man."” From Hugh Walpole's novel, Fortitude

5.     The Merit--Thanksgiving Perfects Your Breakthrough
Luke 17:15–19; Jude 14–16; Philippians 2:14

I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet. Arab proverb