Pastor's January 2019 Newsletter

January 2019


            The New Year is upon us!  We are again gaining daylight at the dizzying rate of over 2 minutes a day.  Wow, only four and a half more months of winter.  Well three and a half if you don’t count January and only three if we have an early Spring and it warms up at the beginning of May.  Well, when we think of it that way we had better hurry and enjoy the snow while we have it because it is practically gone.

            The past year saw many challenges, trials, a few farewells but also many blessings.  Let’s set our hearts and minds to “see the goodness of the Lord” (Ps 27:13) in this New Year.  There will be new trials and new blessings but the promise of God is that these are all part of our abundant life in Christ.  The great thing to remember is that we will not face this year alone but with God in Christ through His Holy Spirit Who is in us.   This year we may see a slower pace than last year but will still hold wonderful potential as we redirect our energies from building to filling our new Education Wing.  God is still leading us forward and purposes to accomplish great things through this church.    Let me encourage the entire church body to make reading the Bible a daily part of your schedule.  Many told me last year that they were reading through the Bible in a year.  There are lots of different ways to do this from starting in Genesis and reading through to Revelation or with a reading plan that includes Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs daily.  However you decide to do it, I now God will bless your diligence!   

             This year I pray God would use this church to reach more people with the Gospel than ever before.  I remember a phrase that I heard several years ago, “let each one reach one!”  We are called…all of us…to go and make disciples.  This is our scriptural evangelism strategy.  If each one of us would pray that God would use us to reach one person with the message of salvation and walk alongside that person as a brother or sister in Christ, I believe we will see more saved and baptized in this church this year than ever before.

    Let me challenge you with God’s

 words to Joshua as He was preparing to lead

     Joshua and Israel forward into the Promised Land.

(Joshua 1:9) Have I not commanded you?

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid,

nor be dismayed: for the LORD thy

God is with you wherever you go.

Pastor Tom