“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
Let us rejoice in change and not be fearful. As we allow change to take place in our lives we are forced to consistency in a world that does not know loyalty. Change is the start of growth. We must first begin to reach for the Lord. For he is our change before growth can take place. If we allow ourselves to be shaped by the Lord our impurities will be refined and our role in the world will be like an active agent.
The Lord uses change as a way to make us new, stronger and bring us back to Him. Rejoice in it.
In preparation for the Holidays and rejoicing in the Lord with your community, do not get anxious about anything. Allow yourself to rest and enjoy the presence of the Lord as the world stops to celebrate His birth. Remember what Jesus spoke:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
Take heart, my friends. Be brave and courageous as you struggle, press on and wake up each morning!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I would personally like to welcome you all to the new year.
A Time for Everything
1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2a time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3a time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4a time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6a time to seek, and a time to lose;a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7a time to tear, and a time to sew;a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8a time to love, and a time to hate;a time for war, and a time for peace.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Lord desires to dance, sing and laugh with you. Allow yourself to make the first step by inviting Him into your life, reintroducing yourself to Him or simply giving Him some time to in your day.
I pray that each day you will wake up with this scripture in your heart:
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” – Galatians 2: 20(NKJV)
Definition of THANKFUL
1: conscious of benefit received
2: expressive of thanks
3: well pleased : glad
— thank·ful·ness noun
This holiday season, let us be thankful not only for the much appreciated helpers of our local church, but let us bring thanks unto the Lord. The Lord has not only provided us with times of rest, joy and love, but has also provided us with times of peace. Allow yourself to be saturated in the love of the Lord, by allowing His peace to overwhelm you on this day. Do not get so busy with the preparation of the day that you forget to sit and mediate on the glorious peace, beauty and love of the our Lord.
As many of you know, the Ministry of Helps is dedicated to showing appreciation to those who serve in our churches and ministries. This Thanksgiving week we all need to remember to show our gratitude to those who come early and leave late in order to better serve the ministries that cover them. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the volunteering rate declined by 0.5 percentage in the last year and was reduced to 26.3 percent for the year ending in September 2010. Such decrease may have been due to the lack of public acknowledgement of those who give of their time and efforts to support their local church. Lets make sure that this years statistic shows to be a positive increase as we thank and show gratitude to those who share their lives with the cause of Christ!
Remember that the Holidays are an OPPORTUNITY to thank, show gratitude and give back to those who graciously give to the church!
As you serve the church, you are serve the Lord.
Phil 2:1-4 (Phi) Now if you have known anything of Christ’s encouragement and of his reassuring love; if you have known something of the fellowship of his Spirit, and of compassion and deep sympathy, do make my joy complete–live together in harmony, live together in love, as though you had only one mind and spirit between you. Never act from motives of rivalry or personal vanity, but in humility think more of each other than you do of yourselves. None of you should think only of his own affairs, but consider other people’s interests also.