Pastor Mark's Newsletter (January 2017)

Happy New Year!!! Out with the old, in with the new. 2016 is now a part of history. You can’t go back and change a thing you did, said, or the choices you regret from last year. We all have to live with the consequences of yesterday’s actions and choices. While the Bible teaches that we are to learn from our mistakes, and through the trials and testing’s of life; Paul exhorts us “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Philippians 3:13). Since you can’t change the past, forget it; and focus on a positive and prosperous future.

Today is a new start! 2017 will have opportunities for us that will challenge us and propel us onward to accomplish things beyond our wildest dreams right now. God has great plans for you this year! And the only one standing in the way of it becoming reality is you! You must be committed to know God so intimately that you will always recognize His voice and follow Him immediately. God used the apostle Paul to change the whole entire world because of this commitment; “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Philippians 3:10). Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27, KJV). In 2017 we need to be sensitive to hear the voice of God and what He is saying and doing! And we need to be ready to join Him in His activity at a moments notice. We don’t want to miss out on the opportunities nor the blessings that God wants to give as Paul describes as “…exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

The theme and focus at Thomas Terrace Baptist Church for 2017 is THRIVING FAITH. We are determined to attempt great things for God, expecting great things from God! I trust you will join us at Thomas Terrace Baptist Church in this new year of exciting prospects for exponential faith and spiritual growth in Christ.