Pastor Mark's Newsletter (January 2018)

Happy New Years! For many people, that means a new beginning; a new start. And why shouldn’t it be? After all, the prophet Jeremiah in his lamentations over his spiritually sick nation wrote, “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’ The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” (Jeremiah 3:22-25, NKJV)

If we are really going to enjoy a new beginning there are some things we must consider.

#1. God’s mercies are new every morning. So every morning you wake up acknowledge God’s mercy and His presence in your life and in the world.

#2. God is faithful! Too often we put God in a box and judge His faithfulness by the standards of those around us. And let’s face it; there are very few sincerely faithful people. So we believe that is how God is going to be in kind. But Paul told young Timothy, that even “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” (II Timothy 2:13, NKJV)

#3. God is our hope! If you take God out of the equation all hope is gone. God is sovereign and He is in control. You can trust Him with everything going on in your life and the future.

#4. Be determined to seek the Lord everyday this year. Schedule a time daily to meet with God in His Word. Sure, we can see God in His creation and enjoy the beauties of nature He made. But to really seek God means to immerse yourself in His Word. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16, NKJV) In other words, develop the habit of worshiping God everyday, not just on Sunday.

If you will commit to reading your Bible everyday and begin to commit God’s Word to memory, you’ll be amazed in a year from now the difference God will make in your life!

Do you really want a new beginning? Or, do you want to continue down the same failed rut and frustration of life in which you now reside? It’s your choice, “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him.”