Claire L. Eva, Assistant Director, General Conference Stewardship Ministries

Summary: Have you ever wondered how the praise you express affects individuals close to you? The author poses this question and summarizes the contents of the journal as we relate to the important topic of "praise" in our daily lives.

I sent a brief e-mail to wish a friend a "Happy Birthday" a few days ago. And I was inspired by the words I received back. Here is her reply:

"I rejoice in all of God's blessings to me. It's good to be loved and surrounded by Christian friends here in the office ? and to have a wonderful family. God is so good."

Have you ever wondered how the praise you express affects individuals close to you? Our families, our friends, our fellow workers, and people God places in our pathway every day? We truly are stewards, or "overseers" of our sincere praise.

I hope you won't miss an article in this issue of Dynamic Steward! If you've ever spent time contemplating the very important matter of praiseand you have desired to enter into a deeper relationship with Godthen this issue is for you!

In his "Concept" column, Ben Maxson gives us a practical and blessed example of what it means to praise God. The "Lead" article speaks of how knowing God shows us the way to effectively praise Him. And our "Application" study shares with us, the true joy we receive in praiseeven when life is not going well! The sermons in this issue give us unique points of view that will bring new insights and messages for the heart.

Along with our book reviews, resources, and other regular columns, we pray that you will be impelled to grow in the joy and strength of what it means to "bless the Lord" (Ps 103:1).

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April–June, 2003

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