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From The Pastor

January 2018

January always seems like a good time to pause and take stock of some important things in our lives. Stopping to think, to evaluate and to pray about our lives, our relationships, and our walk with Christ is a very good practice that yields positive results. So, let me suggest some things to consider as we begin this brand new year.

Block out time to think. It will be a more effective time if you plan for it and schedule it intentionally. Disconnect for a while, get alone in the presence of the Lord and ask Him to give you His perspective on the issues of your life.

Ask hard questions. Don’t let yourself off the hook. Be willing to evaluate honestly. We never get where we need to be unless we are honest about where we are. You already know the truth and the Lord certainly knows the truth, so give yourself the freedom of honesty. Here are some questions to get you started:

  • Am I spending regular time alone with the Lord in His Word and in prayer?
  • Am I engaged in the life and ministry of my church the way I should be?
  • Am I doing things that strengthen the most significant relationships of my life?
  • Are the physical habits of my life moving me to where I want to be?
  • Am I multiplying disciples by intentionally investing in someone else?
  • Am I leveraging my life for the mission of the gospel?
  • Am I faithfully giving to the Lord through His church?
  • Set some goals. None of us ever gets to a place where we don’t need to improve something in our lives. Setting goals and mapping out a strategy to accomplish them helps us improve intentionally instead of leaving it to chance and hoping for the best.

    Let’s think it through and be intentional. 2018 could be a great year for all of us.

    Dinner and a Bible Study returns for four Sunday nights beginning on January 21st. If you have never joined us for one of these, you have missed a great blessing. It is like a big, relaxed small group. There is good food, good fellowship and a Bible study that drills down into some aspect of our discipleship. Make your plans and your reservations to join us.

    I am looking forward to all that the Lord wants to do with us in 2018 and I am glad we get to share the journey.

    Your Pastor,

    Bro. John Brock

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