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And the One seated on the throne

said, “Behold, I make all things new!”

(Revelations 21:5a)

                                                                   

Thoughts from Pastor Dennis Bailey

  

      One of my favorite readings for the NewYear is from a devotional book called “God Calling”,  by A. J. Russell. The January 1st reading has these words that come from Jesus:

   “I stand between the years. The light of My Presence is flung across the year to come – the radiance of the Sun of Righteousness. Backward, over the past year, is My Shadow thrown, hiding trouble and sorrow and disappointment.”

     “Dwell not on the past – only on the present. Only use the past as the trees use My Sunlight to absorb it…..So store only the blessings from Me, the Light of the world….Bury every fear of the future, of poverty for those dear to you, of suffering, of loss.”

     “Bury all thought of unkindness and bitterness, all dislikes, your resentments, your sense of failure, your disappointment in others and in yourselves, your gloom, your despondency, and let us leave them all buried and go forward to a new and risen life.  Remember…..I shall guide you one

day at a time. Leave the rest to Me.”

      In one European country, for New Year’s Day,  the tradition is to come together in a field, and with a ceremony, walk together through the gate. Then the gate is shut behind them. For these folks it is a symbol of letting go of yesterday and then shutting the gate of the past behind them.

      Jesus promises to be our Helper and our Strength for the year to come. But He needs us to let go and to shut the gate of the  past behind us. Then He asks us to go forward, one day at a time, leaving everything into the hands of Jesus. May God give us the faith to trust in His guidance and in His supply.

 

God’s Peace be with you

        

 

UPCOMING SERMONS

January 7        ( 2 Corinthians 12:8-10)   John 1:14-18   “Living By Grace in the New Year”

Maybe this year we will all learn what it means to lean on the everlasting arms of Jesus. God has made us to be people who live by grace and mercy by depending on our Lord. This is a hard truth to understand but it is essential.

 

January 14     (Psalm 139:13-18)       John 1:10-13          “Living as Children of God”

To all who receive Jesus, who believe and trust and rely on him, they have the power to become children of God. Being born from above changes us. We need to allow this change in our lives.

 

January 21      (Psalm 63:1-4)    Mark 1:16-20             “Living as a Follower of Christ”

The early disciples heard the call of Jesus to follow him. The listened and responded immediately following Him. Are we able to make that commitment this year?

 

January 28   (Psalm 111:1-7) Mark 1:21-28    “Jesus Has Power Over Evil”     HOLY COMMUNION

In this passage of scripture Jesus is coming to be known by the people around him as “one who has authority”. Part of that authority is shown in his power over evil.