...Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1:5-7) This passage encourages us, as believers to “give it our all” spiritually & grow in all 7 of these character traits. The workings of these traits begin the minute we are saved. It seems there is an importance to the order of their development:  1) Virtue, listening to the Holy Spirit’s prompting of sinful acts & thoughts in our lives & casting them out;  2) Knowledge, gained through the study of God’s Word; 3) Temperance, a self-controlled, disciplined lifestyle resulting in; 4.) Patience, waiting upon the Lord; 5) Godliness, a reverence towards God resulting obedience to please Him; 6) Brotherly Kindness will mark our relationship with others. and  7) Charity (Agape Love). As we begin the New Year may we be stretched with all diligence to exemplify these traits Kim-Axel Kuhr  Assistant Director