Dear Church Family,
Let me begin by saying thank you for the pastor’s appreciation gift of this extra week of vacation. As I guess you can tell, I am not here today and thanks to Brother Ed Roy for filling in for me. I am spending this last week of the year with family in various activities. Thanks again.
You cannot begin to imagine how blessed I feel to have been your pastor these past 8 + years. These years have been filled with both blessing and struggles. But together with God’s help we have overcome and been blessed. As a pastor it is always a struggle to find the right balance. Balance with Church and Family, Balance with Work and Rest. Finding balance is tough. As we go into this new year I have a request that you pray for me and my family. It is such a joy to be called of God to be a Pastor! However, as a pastor I stand constantly in need of your prayers. There are days when I struggle with being a pastor. Wondering if I preached the right Word at the right time. If I should be firmer or gentler. If I should say something or let God do it. If I should be studying or visiting. If I prayed enough or should have put more feet to my prayers. If I stay with people too long at the hospital or not long enough. If I forgot someone or should forget someone. So, don’t wait till you run out of things to pray about to mention me. Please pray for me each day. And remember pastors are not perfect, all knowing, and that we are human too. Pray for your pastor today and every day. And I promise to pray for you.
My prayer for you is found in Romans 15:13 (KJV) 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. This is my prayer for you as we close out this year and for each day of the New Year, 2016.
I am also praying for our church as a corporate body of believers. Can you believe another year has passed? It’s time to take a look at what life has looked like over the last year so we can assess how to move forward. It’s time for each of us to take an inventory of our life and prepare for change. Solomon has great wisdom to share through the life of an ant! (Proverbs 6:6-11) Christ calls us to commit to actively work at becoming conformed to His image. This coming year resolve to become a person committed to a godly transformation. Many Christians go through life with “monkeys on their back”…burdens that keep them from experiencing all that God has for them. Challenge people to get rid of these hindrances. (Luke 4:17-22)
Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century revivalist, sat down at age 17 and penned 21 resolutions by which he would live his life. Throughout his lifetime he would add to this list until, by his death, he had 70 resolutions.
He put at the top of his list: “Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat Him by His grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions…. Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.”
Edwards didn’t casually make New Year’s resolutions with an expectation of eventually breaking them. Each week he did a “self-check.” He regularly summed up how he was doing and sought God’s help in the process.
Christ calls us to commit to actively work at becoming conformed to His image. This coming year resolve to become a person committed to a godly transformation. If you faithfully do this, you will see your life begin to focus on the spiritual rather than on the passing, material world.
Our church theme for 2016 is HCBC has decided to Follow Jesus.
With Many Prayers and Christian Love,