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Time to Give Thanks

  • November 2016 Issue
From the Editors
What are you thankful for this month? Like me, you might be relieved that political campaigning is finally coming to an end. But beyond that, hopefully you have a long list of even more important things to be thankful for, such as loved ones, provision for your daily bread, a roof over your head, or the beauty of creation. We are blessed.

Scripture encourages us to be people whose lives are characterized by thanksgiving. And that attitude of thankfulness for what God has done in our lives is contagious. As believers, we should be recognized as the most thankful people on the planet! Here are just four things I am thankful for today:

1. Thankful to God. Let’s give thanks to God for all that He is and for all He has done. 1 Chronicles 16:34 says it well, “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

2. Thankful for others. Let’s give thanks for the significant people in our lives. In Philippians 1:3–5, Paul gives thanks to God for those who have stood by him: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

3. Thankful for time in God’s Word. We have freedom to spend time with God in His Word and to grow in our relationship with Him. Janet, from Goodfield, Ill., says, “We enjoy and use the printed version of Today in the Word. I’ve called it . . . my ‘mini-sabbath’ because . . . it creates an atmosphere that allows space for God.”

4. Thankful for you. I am thankful that you have faithfully partnered with us at Today in the Word, helping to communicate God’s Word to readers in our nation and across the globe. Some of you support us with financial gifts. Others have partnered with us by requesting copies of Today in the Word for your family and friends.

One reader says after she is done with her copy of Today in the Word, she tears out a page and sends it to a friend or family member who needs that specific bit of encouragement. What a wonderful idea! In this month of Thanksgiving, we are thankful for each of you!

BY Bruce Everhart , Executive Editor

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