I am so grateful to the Lord for you!

Shalom in the great name of Jesus! Happy almost-Thanksgiving!

I am looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving later this month. I know it is not a biblical holiday like Passover or the Day of Atonement, but it does help us focus on developing an attitude of thankfulness to the Lord for all His blessings! In fact, Thanksgiving is a lot like the Feast of Tabernacles.

As Moses wrote, “Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days” (Leviticus 23:40).

There are many, including me, who believe that the early Puritans viewed themselves as the “true Israelites,” America as the Promised Land, and thought they were celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles (which is a fall holiday).

So…I suppose we can view Thanksgiving as a Jewish holiday!

I believe the Lord wants us to learn how to be thankful, and to teach and model this “attitude of gratitude” to our children and grandchildren.

THANKFUL FOR OUR STAFF

As the Apostle Paul wrote so beautifully,

“We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints” (Colossians 1:3-4).

I am most grateful to the Lord for our staff. 

I am inspired and encouraged by them, and I admire their dedication and sacrifice for our ministry among the Jewish people. They experience considerable rejection and opposition and yet, with hearts of love, they still bring the gospel daily to Jewish people who are not yet believers.

Thank you once again for your continued faithfulness to the Lord and to the Jewish people. Also, please don’t forget to pray for our under-supported missionaries.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3).

With a thankful heart,

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