Included in this week’s issue:
Our Victory is in Christ
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – I Corinthians 15:57
Be Thankful for His Many Gifts
At this week’s staff meeting, go around the room and ask each team member what ministry breakthrough or experience they are most thankful for this year.
This can be a wonderfully encouraging way to reflect on what God has been doing among your people as well as to develop a sense of anticipation for the coming year of serving God and His people.
Serving in the Battle of Christ
John Chrysostom shares this admonition in his commentary on Scripture,
It is a contest, this present life: If so, to fight is our business. It is war and battle.
In war, one does not seek to have rest; in war one does not seek to have dainty living, one is not anxious about riches.
One thing only he looks at, how he may overcome his foes.
Be this our care likewise. If we overcome, and return with victory, God will give us all things.
Let this alone be our study, how we may overcome the devil. Yet, after all, though we study, it is God’s grace that does the whole business.