Ministry Tools Resource Center
Newsletter: December 2021

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Dear Friends,
 
We've just come through the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. Let's remember that we're to "rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:16-18). So, we continue giving thanks. What are you thankful for? And, let's also remember that we express thanksgiving through more than our words. We can show thanks.
 
We've been through a lot of change recently, personally for many of you and also for the Church. Though it might be difficult and unpleasant, maybe even hurtful or sorrowful, we still can find reasons to give thanks.
 
The Apostle Paul repeated a similar exhortation in Philippians 4:4. -- "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" -- He goes on to say that rather than get consumed by anxiety, we should pray -- "with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Phil. 4:5). He encourages us to think on that which is good and uplifting rather than dwell on the bad. -- "And the God of peace will be with you." (Phil. 4:8-9) -- He "learned to be content whatever the circumstances" because he could "do all this through him who gives me strength" (Phil. 4:11-13). That same God is there for us, so let's "give thanks in all circumstances".

Thankful for you,

Phyllis Kline
Ministry Tools Resource Center
 


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