Volume 4 No 3
I was recently reading about some research conducted by Dr. Martin Seligman, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. After years of research, he found that gratitude is one of the most, if not the most significant attitude, directly connected to happiness and life satisfaction. It seems if we can learn to show our appreciation towards the positives in life instead of focusing on the negatives, we will be happier and more content.
Not only should we express gratitude to others, but we should acknowledge what God has done for us. He has already accomplished all that is required for us to be in an eternal relationship with him. The last words that Christ spoke before committing his life to the Father were, “It is finished”. These three words were packed with meaning, for what was finished here was not only Christ’s earthly life, not only his suffering and dying, but the redemption of the world - the very reason and purpose he came to earth. We are now able to focus on grace and mercy without being weighed down by the guilt of sin. And for this we should be eternally grateful, and express that gratitude to God daily! And we will find that we are happier and more content in all aspects of life, if we do so.
I’d like to take this opportunity to ‘practice what I preach’ and express my gratitude to all those who make the publishing of this magazine possible. To our writers who freely give of their time because they believe that the Gospel needs to be shared; to our editorial team who spend long hours late into the night making sure that what we are including is accurate and appropriate; to those involved with the layout and printing of the magazine, as well as capturing and posting it electronically; and to those who volunteer to help package and send out every magazine, I would like to say a very sincere and heartfelt ‘THANK YOU!’
And then of course to our readers and others who contribute financially to Face to Face: We are totally reliant on your support and without you this magazine could not be published and distributed, ‘Thank you for your sacrifice and making the spreading of the gospel possible!’
On January 30, 1933, German President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler Chancellor of Germany. But less than two months later, Hitler was the nation’s dictator.
After a short ministry in Thessalonica, Paul was forced to leave (Acts 17:1-10). Probably less than a year later, Paul heard that the believers there were being persecuted.