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Perspective - November 2013
The fall season is in full swing and ushers in perhaps the most celebrated holidays of our nation - Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it comes near the end of the year and offers a time of rest and restoration for me personally.

It is during this time that I am certainly thankful for the gift of our nation, which affords the freedom of worship without retribution from governments or authorities. As many of you know, I am not a natural citizen, but am a citizen of the United States by choice. I truly thank God daily for the provision of freedom and blessings this nation has provided me.

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving I am overwhelmed by the gifts our Lord gives us - the gift of a loving wife, the gift of children and grandchildren, the gift of friends, the gift of co-workers - and the list goes on.

There are many scriptures related to "giving thanks;" however, one is repeated over and over throughout the Old Testament:  "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever." That phrase, "give thanks to the Lord, for He is good" is followed numerous times by "His love endures forever."

I believe God's Word records this phrase to remind us that the greatest gift of all is that God's love is everlasting and never changes. That love is demonstrated through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, who provides salvation for all people.

The Bible also records that it is better to give than to receive. As Christ-followers, He has commanded us to introduce others to that gift - in reality, giving or sharing, with another person.

I think back over the years and the persons I've had some part in leading to Christ. Some of the most precious are family and close friends.

During this holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, please don't neglect your family and close friends who need to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Don't give up on them. Many can testify to the power of prayer in bringing a loved one or close friend to Christ. In my own life, I prayed and shared with my in-laws for more than 30 years before they accepted Christ.

I want to encourage each of us to be willing and open to share our faith during this season when we see and fellowship with family and friends. We are thankful for the plentiful provisions on our dinner tables, but more thankful for answered prayer, especially of those who have become believers in Christ and who will see Heaven.

Very few countries celebrate thanksgiving as we do. Our celebration becomes more precious when souls come to Jesus Christ. By God's grace, we will continue to tell the Good News of Christ, as we celebrate His goodness to all.
Last Published: November 1, 2013 1:04 AM