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In All Things Give Thanks

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Why being better than, is never good enough? It is a part of the fallen human condition to continuously compare ourselves with others and seek to outdo them.

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INTRO
Thankfulness vs Unthankfulness
Sibling Rivalry
One-Upmanship - Definition
TNCC Verse
Annie Get Your Gun
Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields. The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley(1860–1926), a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler (1847–1926).[1]
Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields. The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley(1860–1926), a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler (1847–1926).[1]
Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields. The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley(1860–1926), a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler (1847–1926).[1]
The 1946 Broadway production was a hit, and the musical had long runs in both New York (1,147 performances) and London, spawning revivals, a 1950 film version and television versions. Songs that became hits include "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly", "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun", "They Say It's Wonderful", and "Anything You Can Do."
Betty Hutton as Annie Oakley – from Battle Creek MI
May 16, 1946
Howard Keel as Frank Butler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO23WBji_Z0
TNCC Answer
Sibling Rivalry
Children's competition
INTRO
Children through competition
The Problem with Unthankfulness
Pride
Covetousness = Contentedness
Illustration of need addressed.
Connect illustration to present day hearers.
Heart
Transition = Show this need or similar issue was also the question behind the biblical text.
Jeremiah 17:9 ESV
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
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Clearly state the theme of the text/sermon.
Luke 6:45 ESV
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Title & Text
In All Things Give Thanks
Theme
Being better than, is never good enough!
Pray
Prayer for Gods blessing on the text
THE SERMON BODY
Text
We cannot find our contentment in people.
they fail us
we fail them
We cannot find our contentment in stuff.
it wears out
it wears us out
We cannot find our contentment in situations.
they change
we change
Genesis 29:31–30:24 ESV
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. 34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi. 35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing. 1 When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!” 2 Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?” 3 Then she said, “Here is my servant Bilhah; go in to her, so that she may give birth on my behalf, that even I may have children through her.” 4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her. 5 And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son.” Therefore she called his name Dan. 7 Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8 Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister and have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali. 9 When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10 Then Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11 And Leah said, “Good fortune has come!” so she called his name Gad. 12 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13 And Leah said, “Happy am I! For women have called me happy.” So she called his name Asher. 14 In the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” 15 But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.” 16 When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come in to me, for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night. 17 And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18 Leah said, “God has given me my wages because I gave my servant to my husband.” So she called his name Issachar. 19 And Leah conceived again, and she bore Jacob a sixth son. 20 Then Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good endowment; now my husband will honor me, because I have borne him six sons.” So she called his name Zebulun. 21 Afterward she bore a daughter and called her name Dinah. 22 Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. 23 She conceived and bore a son and said, “God has taken away my reproach.” 24 And she called his name Joseph, saying, “May the Lord add to me another son!”
Leah = (8 total)
Reuben = Reuben means See, a son
Reuben means See, a son
Simeon = Simeon sounds like the Hebrew for heard
Simeon sounds like the Hebrew for heard
Levi = Levi sounds like the Hebrew for attached
Levi sounds like the Hebrew for attached
Judah = Judah sounds like the Hebrew for praise
Judah sounds like the Hebrew for praise
Bilhah - Rachels maid
Dan = Dan sounds like the Hebrew for judged
Dan sounds like the Hebrew for judged
Naphtali = Naphtali sounds like the Hebrew for wrestling
middle child!
Zilpah - Leahs maid
Gad = Gad sounds like the Hebrew for good fortune
Gad sounds like the Hebrew for good fortune
Asher = Asher sounds like the Hebrew for happy - My son!
Leah x2
Issachar = Issachar sounds like the Hebrew for wages, or hire
Issachar sounds like the Hebrew for wages, or hire
Zebulun = Zebulun sounds like the Hebrew for honor
Dinah -
1777. דִּין din (192a); a prim. root; to judge:—administer(1), defend(1), dispute(1), execute judgment(1), govern(1), judge(9), judges(2), plead(2), pled(1), quarreling(1), strive(1), vindicate(2), vindicated(1).
1777. דִּי din (192a); a prim. root; to judge:—administer(1), defend(1), dispute(1), execute judgment(1), govern(1), judge judges(2), plead(2), pled(1), quarreling(1), strive(1), vindicate(2), vindicated(1
Rachel = (4 total)
Joseph = Joseph means May he add, and sounds like the Hebrew for taken away
Benjamin - Ch 35.17 = Ben-oni could mean son of my sorrow, or son of my strength / Benjamin means son of the right hand
Ben-oni could mean son of my sorrow, or son of my strength
Benjamin means son of the right hand
She would die giving birth…

Two Sources of Insecurity - [The Gospel Coalition] By Sharon Hodde Miller / October 4, 2017

I came to realize there are two primary causes of insecurity. The first is one we talk about all the time: low self-esteem. Spiritually speaking, I define low self-esteem as an inability to see ourselves the way God sees us. When our self-image is primarily shaped by wounds or lies, the pain is real and damaging, and the gospel has an answer for it. God absolutely desires to restore our self-understanding by aligning it with the truth of his Word. We rightly respond to low self-esteem with biblical affirmation.
However, there’s a second cause of insecurity, one we almost never address. For many of us, the source of our insecurity isn’t low self-esteem, but self-preoccupation. What we need isn’t to think more highly of ourselves, but to think of ourselves less.
The reason self-preoccupation causes insecurity is that it raises the stakes—on dating, parenting, working, and serving—by turning it all into a referendum on our worth. Every slight, every rejection, every awkward interaction must be “about us.” Such a focus is crushing.
The reason self-preoccupation causes insecurity is that it raises the stakes—on dating, parenting, working, and serving—by turning it all into a referendum on our worth. Every slight, every rejection, every awkward interaction must be “about us.” Such a focus is crushing.
Of course, it’s not always easy to distinguish low self-esteem from self-preoccupation. The two intertwine and overlap, and sometimes one leads to the other. Nevertheless it’s crucial to know the difference, since they require different solutions. If we address our self-preoccupation the way we address low self-esteem—that is, with affirmation—it actually makes the problem worse. Affirmation only feeds self-focus, rather than delivering us from it.
The only path out of self-focus is self-forgetfulness, which is why Christian messages to “believe in myself” weren’t helping. Rather than solving the problem, they were reinforcing it. Rather than prying my gaze off of myself, they simply handed me a mirror with a Jesus tint. What I needed was freedom from thinking about myself, even when the thoughts were positive.
Self-esteem
an inability to see ourselves the way God sees us.
the wrong
the right
Self-preoccupation
the wrong
the right
Text
A godly self-image is healthy and good, but we cannot settle for a gospel with self-satisfaction at its core. It may be counterintuitive, but the me-centered gospel cannot give us the freedom we crave. It simply enlarges our burdens and shrinks our faith.
That’s why God calls us into a bigger story: to live for him, instead of ourselves. When we shift our focus off ourselves—our fears, our appearance, our success, our self-doubt—and fix our gaze on Christ alone, we encounter the freedom we were created to have.
We finally learn to be free of me.
Book = Self Forgetfulness - By Timothy Keller
We cannot find our contentment in people.
they fail us
we fail them
We cannot find our contentment in stuff.
it wears out
it wears us out
We cannot find our contentment in situations.
they change
we change

Contentedness

We cannot find our contentment in people.
they fail us
we fail them
We cannot find our contentment in stuff.
it wears out
it wears us out
We cannot find our contentment in situations.
they change
we change
2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV
10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Philippians 4:11 ESV
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
1 Timothy 6:6 ESV
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain,
Hebrews 13:5 ESV
5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Covetousness

Exodus 20:17 ESV
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Luke 12:15 ESV
15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Ephesians 5:3 ESV
3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
Ephesians 5:5 ESV
5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
James 4:2 ESV
2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
James 4:1–4 ESV
1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."
Martin Luther
"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."
Psalm 37:4 ESV
4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Self-esteem
the wrong
the right
Self-preoccupation
the wrong
the right
A godly self-image is healthy and good, but we cannot settle for a gospel with self-satisfaction at its core. It may be counterintuitive, but the me-centered gospel cannot give us the freedom we crave. It simply enlarges our burdens and shrinks our faith.
That’s why God calls us into a bigger story: to live for him, instead of ourselves. When we shift our focus off ourselves—our fears, our appearance, our success, our self-doubt—and fix our gaze on Christ alone, we encounter the freedom we were created to have.
We finally learn to be free of me.
Book = Self Forgetfulness - By Timothy Keller
Expose the structure of the text.
Main points should support the theme.
points should follow textual sequence unless good reason to change.
use simple and clear transitions to give structure to movement.
Use verse references before quoting so that listeners can read along.
Use personal observances to illustrate difficult concepts.
CONCLUSION
In the type of culture we live in today we say a lot about our god without saying much at all. Are you content today? If the answer is no where are you seeking to find your contentment? As a Christian we are to find our identity in and therefore our contentedness through Jesus Christ!
Don’t introduce new material.
narrow the focus don’t expand it.
Clinch the goal.
Give concrete applications.
Goal
Application
&
Romans 12:3 ESV
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
Psalm 37:4 ESV
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 ESV
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
1 Thessalonians 5:16 ESV
Rejoice always,
1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 ESV
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
CLOSE
Closing Prayer
COMMUNION
What it stands for
John 3:30 ESV
He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Warning
Communion Verses
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COMMUNION TOGETHER
Fellowship With Each Other
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/women-insecurity-and-the-self-help-gospel
https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Self-Forgetfulness-Timothy-Keller-ebook/dp/B007WU2S5Q/?tag=thegospcoal-20
https://www.amazon.com/Free-Me-Life-Better-about-ebook/dp/B06XBZ8XTM/?tag=thegospcoal-20
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