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Approaching the New Year with Optimism

The political season has probably left a lot of people drained and depressed. On this earth there are many things to discourage us and dampen our spirits. But, the Christian can rise above it! John said "Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world" (I John 4:4). We serve a living and powerful God! And nothing will ever separate us from His love (Romans 8:37-39).

As we think about the New Year, our spirit wells up with the realization that this could be the best year ever in our lives and our church. In view of our position in Christ, the power of God, and His promises to build His church, how can we help but be optimistic? With this in view, the question comes, "How can we plan and prepare optimistically for a year of growth and increased effectiveness? The rest of this brief ministry monograph will offer some tips and suggestions. . . .