Newsletter Update  
January 2017  

Dear Friends,

If I used this month's teaching method, Agree/Disagree Statements, to discuss the value of making New Year's resolutions, we'd undoubtedly get a variety of opinions. But, we would probably all agree that there are areas in each of our personal lives, churches, and ministries that could use some improvement.

  • Perhaps as a Bible teacher you realize that you need to be more diligent, this month's Be-Attitude, so as to reach the goal of seeing students' lives changed. Maybe you just aren't as industrious as God's Word deserves.
  • As a leader you may sense the value of listening to people but struggle with taking the time to get their input.
  • If you are a children's worker, you might sense the need to set higher objectives in classroom discipline. This month's tip is a good one -- to make the development of internal control the ultimate goal.
  • Maybe you find it hard to wait for the Lord and want to learn to trust Him more in any and every circumstance.

One of the biggest problems with New Year's resolutions for us as Christians comes when we try to make changes on our own. We have an Almighty God who not only desires to work in and through us but also provides the needed grace and power. He wants us to cease striving and know that He is God (Ps. 46:10). When we depend on His strength, He is exalted.

May He be glorified this new year,

Phyllis Kline
Ministry Tools Resource Center

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