Reflections and Looking Ahead
As I reflect on Christmas, I am amazed at how God found willing people to join Him in this almost unbelievable journey. I say "almost," because if I had not experienced the life-changing gift of salvation offered through the story, I would find it too incredible to believe. God became a baby born to poor parents. And as this baby becomes a man, He dies for us offering Him as the sacrifice for our sin. Incredible! And as we receive this gift, a miraculous transformation takes place in our hearts. We become new creatures!
Like I said, if it had not happened to me, I would not have believed it! A new life guided by the Holy Spirit of the Creator of this universe! Amazing! But what does God want us to do with this new life? That is what new beginnings involving this New Year is all about. We have been given another year to live. 2014 is now upon us. But what does God want us to do with this additional time on earth? I read where someone said, "While alive, live!" Some people keep wishing to be in another situation or another place in order for them to reach their fullest potential.
Realizing that God has you where you are for a purpose, I invite you to be quiet before the Lord and listen for His "still small voice" to give you clarity for why He has you where you are. And, with that clarity, will come the joy of realizing a new, fresh beginning in Him and a renewed energy to live 2014 with gusto! May the way we live 2014 generate a thunderous applause of Heaven.
In my heart, I hear the prayers of our missionaries asking God to make a way where there seems to be no way. Ministry needs face them with no funds to bring those ministries into reality. May God use your gift as an answer to a prayer. We will extend the Global Missions Offering through January.
Please pray for our seminar on the book of Revelation taught by Dr. Tom Slater, Professor at McAfee School of Theology. February 21-23 is the weekend for the seminar!
Spread the news and bring some friends to hear Dr. Slater!
In His Service and Yours,