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A Message from Pastor John

“The Apostle Paul writes: “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1

Happy New Year! 2018 is over and 2019 is here. As we stand here in the beginning of a New Year, this is a time to reflect on the year that has ended, and this is a time to look forward to a year, that is just beginning. This is a time, that we, as God’s people, should take a very close look at where we are in our walk of faith, and where we are headed.

The day after Christmas, (on Wednesday the 26th), Angela, Christian, McKenzie, Jace, and myself, set about cleaning out the garage. It needed to be done, and it was a job. We had stuff that had been in there for too long, stuff that needed to go, (stuff that should have been thrown out years ago) and, as I was going through some boxes, I found some things that we needed to keep, like letters my children had written to me while I was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and in 2005, as well some legal documents. So it is, in our everyday life. This new year, what will you get rid of? What will you toss out? Bad habits, anger, selfishness, and slothfulness, just to name a few. And what will you keep? Perhaps a sense of humor, kindness, generosity, and a good work ethic, just to name a few. So what about your life of faith this new year? What will you strive to throw out this year, things that are worldly and temporary which mean nothing in the light of eternity? And what will you strive to keep? Your commitment to daily prayer, Bible Reading, and worship? Will you strive to be more “Christ-like”?

This new year, will we be heavenly minded or earthly minded? Will we set our sights on eternity, or will we set our sights on the temporary? I found this prayer, and I would like to share it with you as I close out my letter for the Good News. The author is unknown. “Come Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Risen Christ, be with us today and always. Be our light, our Guide, and our Comforter. Be our Strength, our Courage, and our Sanctifier. May this New Year be a time of deep spiritual growth for us, a time of welcoming your grace and your gifts, a time of forgiving freely and unconditionally, a time for growing in virtue and goodness. Amen”.

May you and yours, have a Happy and Blessed New Year.

 In His Service, Pastor John



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