Tom Elliff
Oklahoma City, OK

After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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By on November 26, 2014

Don’t you just love Thanksgiving? Sometimes I believe it is my favorite holiday even though its not on the Christian calendar, either globally or historically. There’s just something about pausing to reflect on the goodness of God and then purposely offer thanks to Him for His grace and mercy.

On this day, I often reflect on the Lord’s healing of the ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19). There are at least eight truths that literally jump out at me from the pages of this text. You can probably think of others but here’s my list:


  1. Is a rare practice (v.15).
  2. Should be our “reflex response” (v.15).
  3. Is the gateway to worship (v.16, Psalm 100:4).
  4. Is something you both feel and do, not just something you “think” (v.16).
  5. Comes from hearts that feel they are truly undeserving (v.16).
  6. Is recognized by the Lord…but so is ingratitude (v.17-18)
  7. Leaves you with a sense of purpose and accomplishment (v.19).  
  8. Is the path to a greater understanding of the role of faith (v.19, I Thess 5:18).        

It seems to me that, as a true child of God, if you can just do one thing…Thank Him!                

So  today, I want to thank God for His unspeakable grace and mercy…and for you! Thank you for your love, prayers and faithfulness over the years. 

Have a happy, God-blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Tom Elliff

2 Tim 1:12                                                                                                                                                                             


  • tonyandmarsha

    You always inspire us.  We’re sitting here on a regular work day in Japan, looking at our pile of thankfulness, and you two are right there on top!