January 2017

January 2017 issue cover

It’s a new year . . . a time when we may have a new outlook on life, making plans for thefuture and resolutions to better our lives. Yet often, things don’t go as we planned, andwe don’t always follow through on our promises to ourselves and to others.

How comforting to know that we’re not in this alone. God is always with us; he always has a plan for our lives and he never breaks is promises. A new series starting this month looks deeper into the attributes of our powerful, yet merciful God—a God who is everywhere and “everywhen” (p. 10).

 Throughout history, God also had a plan to preserve his Word and keep it pure. The reformer Martin Luther was a part of that plan. As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, we’ll examine our rich Lutheran history, looking especially at biblical teachings Luther emphasized—teachings that still ring true today. Check out the interactive Bible study (p. 35) and a new series starting this month, “Abiding truth” (p. 12).

 Finally, during this time of change in the United States government, remember that God is in control. Several articles this month discuss how to honor the leaders God has placed over us, even when we don’t always agree with them (pp. 9 and 32).

Julie Wietzke

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