WINDOWS ON THE WORD - Newsletter of Tim Greenwood Ministries
Diminishing The Darkness ByLifting Up the Marvelous Light Of Jesus Christ

From The Editor ... by Tim Greenwood - For November 2006

Greetings partners and friends,
This is a wonderful time of year.  The colors of the season are changing from greens to russets and gold’s.  It is a wonderful gift from God – a glorious beauty that our eye’s can behold!  The colors depict a ‘blanket’ of love and faithfulness that God covers us with.  We enjoy ‘wrapping’ ourselves in the beauty!
People crave love, security, hope and comfort especially in today’s society with war, terrorism, and so many people out to “get” for themselves.  Yet, at a time when so many are searching for real spiritual direction in their lives – there are others trying to remove God from the picture.
Of course, the devil is the leader of this pack!  Prayer has been taken out of school; the name of Jesus (the Name above all names) has been taken out of prayer (so no one will be wise to what “god” is being prayed to); the 10 Commandments are taken out of view – while pornography is open to anyone; and now the phrase “One Nation under God” is under attack in the Pledge of Allegiance.
As Christians we need to keep God in the forefront of all areas of our lives, in private and public arenas for all to see. We need to continue to pray in – “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  We need to continue to love people and pray for God to open their eyes to see what He has for them.
The Bible says in Ephesians 6 that the Shield of Faith quenches all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  We, as Christians, need to use this Shield daily by praising and thanking God for all that He has given us through His Son, Jesus.
Oh, give thanks unto the Lord for His mercies endure forever. (Psalm 106:1)
Tim and I want to thank each of you, our special partners for your love, encouragement, prayers and financial support. Through your prayers and contributions, you, wrap us in your love every month. We pray for you everyday.  We want you to know that we are thankful for each of you!
Please let us know your needs. God loves you and we love you.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and fall season!

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Window On The Word ... by Marcia Greenwood
Give Thanks.

On Being Thankful

By Marcia Greenwood
God's Word commands Christians to be thankful (COLOSSIANS 3:15).
Being thankful is not a choice for a Christian. If it were impossible for us to do, God would not have told us to do it.
COLOSSIANS 3:17 (NKJ) And whatever you do in word or deed; do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Both faith and thanksgiving need to be taught. They do not just happen. As you grow in understanding, your faith will grow and your thanksgiving will grow.
Giving of thanks is always appropriate. We should be thankful to people for all they do, as well as to God.  When should we give thanks?  Continually!
HEBREWS 13:15 (NKJ) Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
When should we give thanks?  Always!
EPHESIANS 5:20 (NKJ) giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
No matter how dark and hopeless a situation may look - give thanks. This is God's will for you. Thank Him for the opportunity to see His deliverance. Thank Him for His mercy and grace. Thank Him for His faithfulness. Thank Him for defeating the devil and setting you free in Christ Jesus. Thank Him that Jesus is Lord in your life. Thank Him that your name is written in Heaven. Thank Him for loving you and taking good care of you. Thank Him! Thank Him!
PHILIPPIANS 4:6 (NKJ) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Instead of worrying taking hold of our prayers, scripture tells us to be thankful in our praying.
COLOSSIANS 4:2 (NKJ) - Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.
We are to be thankful for people, too.
EPHESIANS 1:16 … and 1 THESSALONIANS 1:2 (NKJ) I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
1 TIMOTHY 2:1 (NKJ) Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.
It is easy to thank God for those people who love and help us. Those who do not are harder to be thankful for. Yet Timothy says to give thanks for ALL men.  Why?
As we give thanks it keeps bitterness and hatred from taking root in us. It keeps our attitude straight. It helps us to remember that no matter how bad someone may be, God still loves them and desires to redeem them from darkness.
God has a plan for them and they are valuable. Everyone was created to contribute something.
So we can begin to see them from God's perspective - what their potential and worth is - not just the wrong they may have done us. 
Gratitude is a mark of maturity. Ingratitude is a mark of immaturity.  Do babies thank their parents for all they do? Only after they grow up! A person who is not thankful has never grown up.  The cure for unhappiness is being thankful.
Depression is caused by ingratitude about:
1. Who you are, or are not.
2. What you have, or do not have.
3. What you do, or do not get to do.
You cannot be happy without being thankful.
You cannot be thankful without being happy.

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