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A Heart of Gratitude

Christians can bless the Lord by concentrating on all of the benefits we receive from him, and by giving him praise.


Stone Mountain is a very large, naked hill of solid granite that is located about 15 miles northeast of Atlanta. If you've been there, you know the site very well. Back in the 1920's, it was dedicated as a Confederate memorial, a place that would be used to honor those who fought in the South, and gave themselves in that terrible battle in which our country was fighting for its life.

As you approach the mountain, you notice something that is terribly impressive. On the north side there has been etched, in bold relief, a massive mural. In the background there are hundreds of soldiers sitting on their horses, going to war.

And in the center of this mural, that by the way has resulted in several lives being lost as the work of sculpturing was completed, in the center of it there are three large characters: Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. These three represent the Confederate high command.

It was my privilege sometime ago to have a wedding in Atlanta. And this wedding was a delightful experience because, not only were bride and groom Christians, but every member of the wedding party was also born again and very much alive and in tune with the Lord.

The afternoon before the wedding, all the men from the wedding party took a trip to Stone Mountain. I'll never forget it. It was a memorable three-hour experience. We took the tram up to the top and then we walked over to the side of this immense granite hill for that commanding view of Atlanta in the distance, and we sat down. And then before long, without anyone telling the other what to do, we began to share verses of Scripture that had meant something to us.

One fellow shared, "The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout. With the voice ...

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Charles Swindoll is pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, the Bible teacher on the radio program Insight for Living, and a best-selling author.

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I. We bless the Lord by praising him, by exalting his name

II. We bless the Lord by "forgetting none of his benefits"

III. Five benefits from God