January 2018 Newsletter
Save The Date:
January 22: Sanctity of Life Sunday
March 20 - 23: Spring Sharathon!
Prayer Corner:With the New Year we look forward to new growth and new seasons of life. Pray this year will bring a season of revival, that the nation would turn from their sins and follow Christ. Also, this month is Sanctity of Life Month. Pray for those who are making a stand for life and that more would choose life.
Make a Happy New Year by Bill Powell
We are without a doubt saved by grace through faith. It is a gift we cannot earn. No amount of good works can save us because we all fall short. Now that we’re clear about that, why were we put here on this earth with all the talents, resources, ingenuity, drive, interests, and creativity sprinkled among us?
Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…
Are we to rest on our laurels? Are works dead? Before I can go any further, we need to get one more important thing straight. As sinners, we often jump from one ditch to another. Some base everything on works and seek to earn their way to God through their efforts. I think what clouds works vs. grace is that for too many, they think the purpose of our existence is for man’s happiness (man-centered Christianity). It is all about me. You can have it all. God wants us to have it all. He exists to serve us, etc. It is as if He is this magic genie. He wants to spoil us- all we have to do is want it and come get it. Actually, the truth of the matter is, it is all about Him. He is the Lord, and we are to serve Him and worship Him, not ourselves (God-centered Christianity).
Ok, now that we have that cleared up, let’s talk about works and the new year. If you are reading this you, must be alive. So, that is a good start. I try to look at the new year as a chance to take another whack at life. What can I accomplish? How can I get better? What do I need to change? Do you know what the largest room in the world is? Wait for it… the Room for Improvement! I don’t care what your situation is; you can usually improve it. Yes, there are exceptions, but that is not most of us. We can all move forward and do better.
Here are just a few of an endless list of ideas: read your Bible more, pray more, serve more, be kinder, give more. Remember, it’s just about being better and improving. In this life, we are never done. It’s about growing and making good use of the time you have left. Here are a few more ideas: forgive someone, be less angry, reconcile with someone, help someone, change, exercise, get a check up. Just for fun: ride a bike, kayak, sky dive, make something, color, paint, fix something, take a trip, read some books, fish, hike, walk when you can, take a class, learn something new, volunteer.
Be deliberate, don’t bite off more than you can chew, be realistic. I remember that someone once said, “Don’t just sit there. Pray something.” Make the most of the time you have left because this life is short, and we need to make an effort to make the most of it. Happy New Year!
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Rom 2:6 He will render to each one according to his works:
Jas 2:18 But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
Ecc 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.