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We covenant one with another to seek and respond to the Word and the will of God. We purpose to walk together in the ways of the Lord, made known and to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the Church to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshipping God, and striving for truth, justice, and peace. As did our fathers, we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us. We pray for the coming of the kingdom of God, and we look with faith toward the triumph of righteousness and eternal life.
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Message from the Pastor
We have entered a new year filled with possibilities and opportunities. It is up to each of us to grasp those possibilities and opportunities. A few weeks ago, I preached a message called “From The Ashes”. In this message, I gave the congregation perspective on how we can look at the new year with a different mind-set.
When we build a fire, we start out with very dry airy material called tinder. It then takes a spark to ignite that tinder. Once ignited, we add small branches onto that small fire. As the fire grows, we add larger pieces of wood until we are left with a rip-roaring fire. That fire will burn as long as we feed it by putting more wood onto the fire. If we stop feeding that fire, it will eventually burn out and we are left with nothing but ashes. Here is where perspective needs to be added. We could look at that fire and see nothing but ashes, or we can look at it and see what truly lays in front of us: opportunity and the One to help us grab ahold of that opportunity. We have an opportunity to start over and rebuild a fire that is better than the one that was there before.
That is how we need to look at this new year and our Spiritual lives. We have an opportunity to rebuild or re-invent ourselves in this new year. Yes, we have suffered in 2020. No one will ever dispute that fact. However, if we continue to focus on the past; we will never appreciate what the future holds in store for us. Seize this opportunity to be better than you once were.
You may say, “But last year really beat me down and I do not think I am strong enough to rebuild or re-invent myself.” This may be true, but we serve a powerful Savior that can strengthen us beyond what we could ever think or imagine, and that Savior is Jesus Christ. If you ask Him, He will fill you with the same Spirit that lives within Him. Yes, the same Spirit (The Holy Spirit) that lives within Jesus lives within you. You are stronger than you could ever imagine. You just need to tap into that strength and continue to feed that strength with His Holy Word.
Here is something for you to think about: When a city is destroyed through either a war or natural disaster, does it rebuild the same exact way it was before? NO! It rebuilds bigger and better than it ever was. My friends, we have that same opportunity right now. Rebuild who you are and when you rebuild put Jesus as the cornerstone on which you build upon. With Jesus as your base, and you organizing your life around Him; your life will be better and more blessed than ever. Rise-up from the ashes of your past and be a spark for someone else’s Spiritual fire.
May God Bless You,