Dear Friends,
 
How are you doing in the November Giving Thanks Challenge - taking time daily to give thanks to our Father for all that He provides? I want you to think about the following. Is there a difference between giving thanks and being thankful? Think about what Paul says, Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. We are commanded to give thanks. But there is a difference between being thankful and giving thanks. Being thankful is something we are, and thanksgiving is something we give. There may seem to be only a slight difference between the two, but when we stop and think about it, there is a big difference. Take a moment and read Luke 17:11-19. If we had asked the nine lepers who did not return to give thanks to Jesus if they were thankful for being cleansed of leprosy, what do we think they would have said? That they weren't thankful? Of course they were thankful they no longer had leprosy. The problem is that they didn't return to give thanks God is concerned about the giving of thanks, not just being thankful. He doesn't want our thanks because He needs it, but because we need it. It's good for us to say out loud what we feel in our hearts. Test this in your life. Spend some time today (I’ll leave it up to you how long that “some” is) giving thanks for specific blessings with your lips, and then see if you're not more thankful for those same blessings in your heart.
 
Father, we are thankful and want to express thanks for all the specific ways you have blessed us, especially as we approach that day when we gather with our family for Thanksgiving.
 
Thank you for your gifts of His tithes and your offerings, enabling us to continue in the ministries of the church.