SAVE THE DATE
1.1 | New Year’s Day
1.22 | Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
Please join us in prayer for this time of sickness- and its accompanying fear and loss- to end. Please pray for January to be a time of repentance and renewal, to set worthy goals and to have perseverance to see them through. Finally, pray for Inauguration Day and for God’s sovereign choice for president in this new term to lead our country well with policies that are God-honoring. Finally, pray for all people to see the preciousness of each and every human life, including the unborn. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
By Bill Powell
January for me is the time I begin to plan for the new year. I have written many articles about planning and goal setting. I have heard it said if you have no goals you probably will achieve them all. I am convinced that having plans and goals big and small will help you be more productive and fulfilled. Even though I agree that making goals of all kinds is important- and I think you should- my question to you is, are you planning for your eternity?
One of our business sponsors has a motto, “Are you leaving a plan of action, or a plan of confusion for those you leave behind?” Do you have a will? What about your underage children in the event of your unexpected demise? Where will they go? What is your burial preference? Have you made provisions for your spouse? Would you donate your organs, and how would you like to see your assets divided? Have you considered God’s work after you pass? You get the picture on planning for the physical future, but what I want you to think about is, have you planned for your spiritual future?
Have you come to the conclusion you are a sinner? This is probably the most important thing you can do in your life. Have you repented of your sins? Do you have unfinished business in your relationship with the Lord? Do you have a relationship, and have you communicated your whole life- good and bad- to Him? I think the biggest blessing anyone could have is to know the Lord and love the Lord. You cannot love Him if you do not know Him. Do you really know Him? If you do not study the Bible, you cannot really know Him. Have you put enough effort into getting to know the Lord? If you have not, it is not too late.
(Mar 6:12 NASB) And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
(Luk 13:5 NASB) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
(Rev 3:19 NASB) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
(Act 3:19 NASB) Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
(2Ti 2:15 NASB) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
(Joh 5:39 NASB) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
(2Ti 3:16 NASB) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Goals and planning are good, but do not neglect your eternity.
(Heb 2:3 NASB) How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
Happy New Year,
CAUTION AND ENTHUSIASM
By Chris Johnson
Another year has dawned and for the first time since maybe the year 2000, we are tip-toeing into the new year with a much greater measure of sobriety and caution. 2020 was a transformative year in so many ways and only time will tell the true story of the impact of such a tumultuous year. I don’t know anyone who this time last year could’ve anticipated the chaotic roller coaster of the last journey around the sun, and yet I do know that our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ was marvelously at work continuing to rule from the right hand of the Father on high. The Kingdom of our God is continuing to advance, and the Gospel of Christ must continue to go forward. For all the caution we might bring into this new year, let us be all the more diligent to spread the light of Christ throughout the world the Lord has placed us in. You and I are called to be ambassadors of reconciliation by calling men and women to repent of the sin and turn to Jesus Christ. He is the Light of the World! He is the source of true Joy! He is the one and only Deliverer. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever and we must make him known. What a wond