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    January 7, 2013

    How are You Doing with Your New Year's Resolutions?

    The beginning of a new year is a time when many of us make resolutions – commitments to change and grow in various areas of our lives. Unfortunately, we all know what too often happens to our resolutions. Our resolve to change wanes in a matter of a few weeks or months, and no real transformaton takes place.

    There is an important lesson we can learn from life in the West Virginia state capitol and from God’s word that will help us keep our resolutions and see genuine growth and change take place. Every year the West Virginia legislature produces a large number of Senate, House, and joint resolutions. These are statements that declare an action to pursue, a stand for or against and issue, or a person to honor. These resolutions take the form of a series of “Whereas” statements that lay the foundation or the reasons for the “Resolved” statements that follow. This is how the Scripture’s call for Christian living is laid out for us. We are certainly given a great deal of instruction in God’s Word regarding how we are to live in all our attitudes and actions. But that instruction is always rooted in the truth of what God has done for us in Christ and who we are in Him.

    This is the subject of this month’s interim Bible study at the West Virginia state capitol as we consider “How to Keep Our New Year’s Resolutions”. The 2013 regular convenes a month later than usual on February 13. However the legislators are still meeting this week for their monthly interim meetings at the capitol. Our Bible study will be held on Tuesday, January 8 at 12:00 noon in the main capitol building.

    -Please pray for our study and for the leaders who may attend our study or read the notes which are distributed to every legislator and elected official in the statehouse as well as to a large number of lobbyists and staff. You can download a copy of our study notes here.

    -Pray especially for our efforts to meet with new lawmakers and leaders as we seek to introduce them to our ministry.

    As always, thank you so much for your ongoing prayer and support.

    Tim Pauley
    State Director, West Virginia