January 2021

 

 Dear Church Family,
Greetings in Jesus’ name! Hallelujah, the New Year is here and with it the hope and expectation that 2021 will be a vast improvement over the “weirdness” of 2020. While there are still many uncertainties, we know that God “upholds the universe by the Word of His power” and our faith is in God and His Word.
I trust that you have been in prayer concerning goals, plans, and God’s specific will for you in 2021. I would challenge you to commit to a consistent and specific schedule of time in the Word and in prayer. Make them part your daily schedule. Put them on your calendar, as these two disciplines are indispensable in the life and maturity of a Christian. I believe every Christian should read their Bible completely through at least once a year. It does not take that much time (and if you stick to a daily reading schedule, then you will not have a massive amount of reading to do the last three months of the year).
As you read your Bible, or sit in church and listen to teaching, please keep at the forefront of your mind that hearing the Word is only part of your responsibility. Doing the Word is the second part. If your life is going to be built on a stable foundation, then doing must accompany hearing. If you are on a trip and see a “bridge out” sign, reading the sign is only half of your responsibility. Responding to the sign with an action is the only thing that will keep you dry. It is the same with the Word of God. Untold numbers of people read their Bibles daily, but my experience as a pastor would indicate that many times people do not bring their actions into alignment with that Word. That simply will not help you to stand firmly in the face of the storm. You must do the Word to get the results the Word says you will get. I am convinced that will become all the more necessary as society continues its plunge into gross Godlessness. We are going to have to live in the Word, doing the Word, and appropriating victory through faith in the Word. The just shall live by faith!
I call you blessed and Happy New Year, Pastor
 Dear Church Family,

Greetings in Jesus’ name! Hallelujah, the New Year is here and with it the hope and expectation that 2021 will be a vast improvement over the “weirdness” of 2020. While there are still many uncertainties, we know that God “upholds the universe by the Word of His power” and our faith is in God and His Word.

I trust that you have been in prayer concerning goals, plans, and God’s specific will for you in 2021. I would challenge you to commit to a consistent and specific schedule of time in the Word and in prayer. Make them part your daily schedule. Put them on your calendar, as these two disciplines are indispensable in the life and maturity of a Christian. I believe every Christian should read their Bible completely through at least once a year. It does not take that much time (and if you stick to a daily reading schedule, then you will not have a massive amount of reading to do the last three months of the year).

As you read your Bible, or sit in church and listen to teaching, please keep at the forefront of your mind that hearing the Word is only part of your responsibility. Doing the Word is the second part. If your life is going to be built on a stable foundation, then doing must accompany hearing. If you are on a trip and see a “bridge out” sign, reading the sign is only half of your responsibility. Responding to the sign with an action is the only thing that will keep you dry. It is the same with the Word of God. Untold numbers of people read their Bibles daily, but my experience as a pastor would indicate that many times people do not bring their actions into alignment with that Word. That simply will not help you to stand firmly in the face of the storm. You must do the Word to get the results the Word says you will get. I am convinced that will become all the more necessary as society continues its plunge into gross Godlessness. We are going to have to live in the Word, doing the Word, and appropriating victory through faith in the Word. The just shall live by faith!

I call you blessed and Happy New Year, Pastor