Resolutions!

New Year 2019

By Pastor Jeff,

Well  here we are in the year 2020 and I reckon many of you had made some kinda New Years Resolution. Below here is listed the top ten resolutions:

  1. Exercise more
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get organized
  4. Learn a new skill or hobby
  5. Live life to the fullest
  6. Save more money / spend less money
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Spend more time with family and friends
  9. Travel more
  10. Read more

I will be honest that I really don’t do New Year’s resolutions for as a believer everyday I try to work on the many things I fall short of, Jesus tells us in the book of Luke 9:23, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Now, I don’t necessarily say that making a yearly resolution is a bad thing but I ask the question that how many of these resolutions are kept though out the entire year. It is said by January 12th that most of those making resolutions have broke them not very good odds is it?

Through several tragedies in recent years I found that taking one day at a time has been the best approach for me. Not that we shouldn’t make long time goals such as vacations, family events, and eventually retirement but if concentrate on just that we miss the little things that each day brings us. For instance, the smile of a stranger, the kiss from your spouse, the joy of watching a pet doing something crazy. We recently got two kittens and though I’m more of big dog guy, these two have brought much laughter to our household when it seemingly was hard to even smile. Our children, grandchildren, are also great sources of daily joy. If you have any parents that are still alive, never miss that opportunity to call or visit them because when they are gone you can never go back and replace those moments that you didn’t spend together.

Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

I’m not sure what 2020 will bring into your life or mine, I trust that whatever it is Jesus will get me and if your faith is in Him it will get you through it as well. We always at the start of the year look with anticipation that it will be a great and much better year than the previous year. But no one can ever guarantee that for anyone and even the Apostle John quoting the word of our Lord says in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation:” Bummer, right! but then he continues, “but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

If you made those resolutions for 2020, good for you, and I hope you can see fruit from them. But let’s not ever get head of whats here today and miss those things that both make us laugh and sometimes make us cry. None of us are promised tomorrow and whatever life we have here let us do our best to bring Jesus and eternal life to others for that is our commission!

May God truly Bless you and use you in 2020 for His Kingdom!

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What is Christmas About to me?

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By Pastor Jeff,

I asked this question on Facebook recently and received answers that I pretty much expected, “salvation, the greatest gift, and  God’s love”  these are answers I agree with wholeheartedly. Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

I must let it be know that I love Christmas, though the commercialism of it can be sometimes overwhelming, but even with that I can smile at. Since my grand kids came along my love for Christmas has grown as I get great joy in finding out what gifts they would like, the shopping for; whether on-line or in the store I find exciting, and then seeing the joy on their faces as they open their gifts.

I love that we have the opportunity to share the gospel as it seems people are more open to the message of Jesus Christ coming into the world to save sinners, who I am chief.  John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” becomes a powerful verse at this time of the year.

With that I must say that the last and this years Christmas is different in many ways for in the fall of 2018 I lost a good friend and my eldest son passed away, then this past January my youngest daughter also passed on after a battle with cancer. This of course has devastated me as I’m sure many before me that have gone through similar instances have. The interesting thing is that I don’t feel sorry for myself but have become more aware of those around who Christmas or any holiday, birthday, anniversary that has become hard to face.

I’m aware that though I still have that joy since I have hope in Christ Jesus, others don’t, and even those that do can struggle immensely. I understand that pain even with this hope and I realize that some will go through depression, anger, sadness that many can never understand. I become more sensitive to those and though I love this holiday I have learned the hard way that we can’t just brush people off and ignore the real hurt that is going on in their lives. 2Corinthians 1:3-4, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

To those that are going through tough times, who are hurting, who are mourning a loved one, I want to let you know that you are not alone, and God loves you and is with you in these times. Knowing this is what kept me and still keeps me going even though there is a great hole in my heart!

If you don’t know this God who loved you so much that He became a child, lived, suffered, died, and rose again so that we may have a hope beyond this corrupt world, I encourage you to find a bible believing church. If you are a believer and still are having a hard time, I also encourage you with the word from Apostle Paul in Romans 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” This life is temporal and relatively short but we will have an eternity to spend with Jesus Christ and our loved ones who have become Born Again.

This is what Christmas means to me this year!

My prayer for you is of comfort, hope, peace, and even that you may find joy this Christmas season, God Bless you!

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