This introductory sermon sets the stage for seeing the connection between gratitude and peace based on Philippians 4:6-7.
Stanley Beamish didn’t have anything going for him. He was weak, afraid and rather pathetic. But all that changed when he took the “power pill” and he became, “Mr. Terrific,” a superhero with the strength of a thousand men (if you don’t remember this show, there may be good reason: it wasn’t so terrific). The Greatest American Hero was basically a nobody until he put on the suit; and then he became, well, the Greatest American Hero (and a great answering machine message). The “Limitless” guy was just plain and ordinary until he gained access to his brain’s full capacity (and semi-superhero status). How? By taking a secret pill. Here’s my question: what could we do to be transformed into something rather extraordinary? The answer is rather startling: It’s gratitude. See, gratitude changes us. It not only gives us a “super” perspective on life, but it also gives us a peace that transcends all understanding. This Thanksgiving season, join us for a series that looks at how thanksgiving and peace combine to do something in us that is nothing short of extraordinary. And let me just be the first to say it: gratitude and peace are terrific together and, maybe, even are the greatest together! In fact, there is just no limit to how good they are together.
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