Thanksgiving Day Messages From 6 Evangelicals: Be Grateful Always

1. Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham holds a Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox, which he discovered in a ruined church in Qaraqosh, Iraq. |

Franklin Graham, who is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan's Purse, said in a Facebook video that he is thankful for "my wife, my children, my grandchildren ... but more importantly, I am thankful to God."

Graham, the son of famous evangelist Billy Graham, focused his message on what Christ did 2,000 years ago when He was nailed to the cross to pay for the sins of the world.

"Jesus Christ took our sins," Graham said, adding that God "poured upon him the sins of mankind," but then brought Him back to life.

"Jesus is alive, He will come into your life, and God will forgive your sins," the evangelist stressed, pointing to the "opportunity to be with Him in Heaven for eternity" for those who believe.

In the written portion of his post, Graham added that Thanksgiving "should be a reminder to us to tell God how grateful we are for His many gifts and all He has done for us. The Bible says 'in everything give thanks...'(1 Thessalonians 5:18)."

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