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Happy New Year! A New Year is ready to begin and what shall it hold for us? I received a Christmas letter from some friends of ours and their opening line was something like this: “we sure hope 2018 brings us a better year than 2017 did”. Their letter contained some very sad items of their own personal illnesses, illness in their family, death of a family member and friend, and some problems they had around their property. There did not seem to be too much good that had happened for them. But they did end on a positive note of how God was still faithful to be with them during their difficult year. We all are well aware, I am sure, that the turning of a calendar page, whether day, month, or year is going to have little to do with the changing our future. Good times and bad times alike I am sure will befall us this coming New Year.

While we cannot be a forecaster for certain of what the future holds we can be certain of who holds the future. As my friends are both Christian’s and have relied on the Lord for their strength this past year and will be trusting Him for this. And should we be like them as well. We need to trust God for the days ahead of us.

  1. God actually gives us a formula ensuring good in our future, whether days or years. 1Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: (11) Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. (12) For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. (KJV) 
  2. Let him refrain his tongue from evil: Not to gossip, lie, speak of evil things (sinful items), slandering others, or speaking that which we know will cause controversy with another. 
    And his lips that they speak no guile: Not to speak flattery, speak fairly, not hypocritically, and not to devise evil.
  3. Let him eschew evil, and do good: Stay as far away from what you know to be sin and have no association with it, or those who do. Do our best to do honest and helpful acts which benefit both you and others you associate with.
  4. Let him seek peace, and ensue it: Always desire peace with a friend or foe. Go to whatever honest means it takes to keep peace, and if it is not to be kept, let it be on the behalf the other who breaks peace.
  5. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous: God sees who acts righteously and keeps them in His care and supplies their needs for them.
  6. And his ears are open unto their prayers: We can know when we pray that we have so lived before God and man that God is willing to answer our prayers.
  7. But the face of the Lord is against them that do evil: Know we first have a right relationship with God and man and if we do not, know God is not going to favor us.

Will we still have troubles, get sick, experience death, and deal with evil people? Unfortunately as long as we live on this earth evil is going to be present with us. But to know we have the Lord and His help we can be certain we can face the evil and still hold onto God. He can deliver in any situation! He can give grace in any situation! And we can know He will never leave us or forsake us in times of need.

So here is to a good year! To a good 2018! In the Lord. Happy new year and God bless you.

In Christian Love,
Pastor Bruce 


January Communion: January 28 (PM) 


January Greeters
Don & Cathy Houser



Special Need: Greeters are Still Needed! 

We still could use 3 or 4 more people.