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Luke 14 -- Extreme Thanksgiving: Don't Invite Your Family! "When you give a dinner or a banquet (Thanksgiving) do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives, or your rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just." Part of the joy of celebrating our day of thanks is getting together with family, friends and even neighbors. This year it is at our house. but what a strange idea Jesus gives when He says not to invite your friends or brothers or relatives... but the poor, crippled lame, and blind. Invite those you would not normally invite... those who could never have you over to their house BECAUSE they have no house! The Extreme Thanksgiving. Invite those who have no way of repaying you. Invite guests who can only say, "Thanks for having me over for Thanksgiving dinner." That was His point. Every one of us have been crippled by our bad choices, are lame in our forgiveness of others, and blind to our own sin. It is not because we can give something in return to Christ's generosity, but because of His hospitality that we sit at His table. There is no expectation of repayment. Just sit, and enjoy the gracious "meal" of the Lord. This Thanksgiving be more like Jesus. Invite those who need help to your house: the single mom could use a break; the lonely divorcee; the family whose down and out. You know them... invite them over, expecting nothing in return. Be extreme in your generosity this Thanksgiving.