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Ministry Tools Resource Center  
Newsletter Update  
April 2017  

Dear Friends,

Prior to Jesus' death and resurrection He spoke these words to His disciples: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (Jn. 14:27) They needed such reassurance as the days ahead would be difficult. Look at the context of that verse for some important points about peace in the midst of difficult times.

  1. Verse 26 - the promise of the Holy Spirit who would be their Advocate and Teacher
  2. Verses 23-25 - the presence of God the Father and Son, making their "home" in those who love Him

We too experience much unrest in this world. We tend to let our circumstances affect us. Those who serve in children's ministry see this in how even changes in weather patterns, holidays, and other breaks in routine affect kids' behavior.
If we grab hold of the realities Jesus gave His disciples, we too can be strong and courageous in these trying times. We don't have to let tumultuous days rob us of peace and joy. 1) Let's rely on the Holy Spirit. - This month's Be-Attitude reminds us to be filled with the Spirit. 2) Let's learn to love more and more and let it be at the core of all we do so we have a greater awareness of God's presence in our lives.

May His peace be with you,

Phyllis Kline
Ministry Tools Resource Center

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