Howdy Brothers and Sisters,

 

Howdy Brothers and Sisters,

New year, new deal. What’s on your mind for 2019? I’m sure we’ve all made at least some tentative plans for this year. Vacation, some work project, new or newer vehicle, buy more cows :) certainly, we have given at least some thought to this. I hope and pray that we are able to see at least some of the things we want to accomplish get done this year. But let me ask about our church family.  What would you like to see for our church family this year? Here are some things I am praying for…true spiritual revival and spiritual growth – the kind that is mind changing, life-altering and earth-shaking – so that we can go outside of these walls and be the church making a difference in our community for Jesus Christ. I pray also that the Lord will help us to remember these three promises as we go through this year:

The Lord will give us rest.

Matt 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ESV

The Lord is greater than anything or anyone we face.

1 John 4:4 “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ESV

The Lord works things out for good.

Rom 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ESV

I’m excited and looking forward to a great year! God Bless You All!

 

 

From my heart to yours, Pastor Wendell Abbott

 

 

The beginning of a new year may not magically give us an opportunity to change everything we did not like about the previous year, but it does give us a guidepost from which to move forward from. Every year countless New Year’s resolutions are made and then within a few weeks or months, those resolutions are broken or simply forgotten. Last week Mindy Stewart spoke to our students about change and why it is difficult. One of the number one reasons that we fail to keep resolutions is that at the first slip up many of us have the attitude that we have completely failed and what is the use in trying. We need to view change as a positive thing and when we are trying to change and have a small failure view it as part of the process of change. Over the last several years I have lost a significant amount of weight, my doctor even commented on how great that was and wanted to know my secret. The thing is that this did not happen all at once, it took almost 2 years and I did not lose weight with uninterrupted consistency. I had more than a few times that I failed. Hostess chocolate covered donettes I discovered are a weakness I have… but each time I failed to remain on my diet I had a choice begin again or give up. One of the most helpful things I found was having a group of people who are on a similar journey to support you is key. I was part of a weight-loss challenge on facebook with a Friend of Sherri, this was helpful as it provided accountability and support from others. Our walk of faith is not so different. There are going to be times that we fail, even Peter did. When we do, we have to decide if we are going to give up or get up and begin again. The community of the church was created by God to fulfill some of the same purposes as that facebook group I was a part of when I was losing weight. The church provides support for each other, it is a place where people who are further along in their journey can mentors those in an earlier place. We can help each other by encouraging each other. We can share what has worked for us. This year make a deliberate decision to grow closer to God and to each other through more participation in the community of the church.

 

 

Grace and Peace,
Jared Fields, Youth & Associate Pastor