Welcome to 2016! During this time of year, we hear a lot about New Year resolutions. Most of us make plans to eat healthier, exercise more, or to quit bad habits. These are certainly good things to do; however, wouldn’t it be better if we focused more on spiritual matters? After all, it is the spirit that will live on eternally, not the body. Exercise and diet changes are good things since we are to be good stewards of our God-given bodies, but I’m afraid we’re all guilty at times of neglecting our spiritual condition. Paul said that “bodily exercise is profitable for a little; but godliness is profitable for all things” (I Tim. 4:8a).
If you’re resolved to improve your physical condition, by all means, keep that resolve. However, I’d like to strongly encourage you to work on your spiritual conditioning as well. A great way to do that is to sign up for bible lessons through International Bible Teaching Ministry (IBTM). It’s a self-study program where you can study God’s word in a simple way at your own pace. After each lesson, you’ll take a test that is graded by a real person. The grading is done by email. For those of you who know my wife or me, you can request that we receive your completed tests for grading.
If you’ve always wanted to study God’s pure and unaltered word, give IBTM a shot. You won’t regret it! To get started, visit: