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A Renewed Focus

January 2013: A Word from Dr. Stanley

Many people see the new year as a fresh start—a time to refocus and reset their goals. But what they might not realize is that it’s impossible to find contentment apart from God. No matter how much money they make, how many possessions they have, or how prominent they might be in the eyes of the world, real joy will always elude them unless they know Him.

The hunger we feel in our hearts—the desire that drives us to find contentment—is a gift from the Lord, and only He can satisfy it. After all, the Father created us in His image so we could experience intimate personal fellowship with Him. Yet, even though we understand why it’s impossible for us, as believers, ever to be alone, we can also feel abandoned and empty when we lose sight of who Christ is and who we are because of Him (John 14:20-21).

If you’re like me, you travel on the same roads each day. After a while, we might not see the flowers growing nearby or enjoy the majestic beauty of a sunrise because we’ve looked at them so often. It’s like that with our spiritual lives as well.

We get caught up in circumstances and forget how to recognize our heavenly Father’s hand in our life. When that happens, we lose our sense of His presence, and our joy and fulfillment disappear as well. We might try substituting things of the world, but nothing can do for us what God can. Nothing and no one can help us like God. Nothing and no one can undergird, encourage, comfort, strengthen, or give peace and contentment the way He does, because His “lovingkindness is better than life” (Psalm 63:3).

Many of the articles in this month’s issue of In Touch were selected to help you renew your focus on the Almighty, to see Him afresh. It is my prayer that you will gain a new perspective on your eternal and matchless Companion—or come to truly know Him for the first time. No matter what this year has in store, enter it accompanied by the One who will never leave your side.

Copyright 2014 In Touch Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. www.intouch.org. In Touch grants permission to print for personal use only.


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  • January 28, 2013 12:49 AM

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    Thank you for being the Godly man you are. The Lord has given you so many gifts. You are dynamic in yor teaching and in your ministry. I am blessed because you bless others more than you can imagine thank you thank you.
  • January 21, 2013 07:32 PM

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    Right on... thank you for your straightforwardness and simplicity Pastor. I've been listening, viewing and reading your messages for fifteen years now and although my circumstances have not improved... my "God given" faith has streghthened. Thank you for your dedication over the years!
  • January 20, 2013 04:59 PM

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    I really enjoy tuning in to your sermons and feel blessed by them.
  • January 20, 2013 12:27 AM

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    You are indeed a great pastor sent by God . You have given a great impact in my life. I really thank God of you . Thank you so much!
  • January 19, 2013 09:53 PM

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    This is my first step in knowing that I need to turn to God, always....By reading His word and praying as it is written in Phil 4:4-7. To God be the glorly
  • January 19, 2013 07:48 PM

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    Dr. Stanley, yet more encouraging and edible, nourishing and well fortifying words of wisdom that can just have you stop and recognize what God Almighty continues to offer each one of us; His enduring LOVE & PEACE that has been already mentioned, it can't be surpassed -- utterly impossible. Holdfast to God's Living Word that will carry us into eternity. Be encourage, stay focused and enjoy the multiple blessings that He has in store for being obedient.
  • January 18, 2013 02:05 AM

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    Thank you so much for keeping me grounded in the Word.
  • January 17, 2013 12:01 PM

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    Thank you so very much Dr. Stanley,i needed to hear this.May our Heavenly Father continue to bless you .
  • January 09, 2013 11:24 PM

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    I first saw you when I lived in GA. I'm so Thankful for all the ways of hearing your word through all the access we have these days. I've learnt the most about my walk with God from learning from You. I want to be diligent in opening my Bible every day and am so Grateful for your daily radio show. I have my 10 year old daughter listening to you now as well!!
  • January 04, 2013 05:56 AM

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    Thank you!
  • January 02, 2013 08:22 AM

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    Charles Stanley is always keeping me on track. I recently lost a friend and I feel alone, but God will be my companion in 2013 and I will try and seek him every day. This article spoke to me. Thank you
  • January 02, 2013 07:01 AM

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    thank you for our daily walk with jesus through your ministry as we seek his strenth daily our intimacy with God

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