by Keith Bellamy
I made the statement after the news of the shootings in White Settlement. I have kept up with Britt Farmer, the senior minister at the West Freeway church. I cannot begin to comprehend what that church is going through. About thirty hours after this terrible ordeal, Britt said, “I have no answers for why the tragedy happened — except that evil exists in the world…”
I do appreciate one of the members saying, “Christians can’t hate.”
The early church was persecuted. The early church grew in spite, of the persecution.
When politicians are turning their backs on God it will continue to get worse. Why would one think that it won’t happen in our country?
As long, as people this country turn their backs on God, it will get worse.
With all of this said, “Now What?”
There is still much to do. Our job as Christians is to lead others to Jesus by our example. Will you do that?
About the close of 2019 by Daniel McGraw
Tonight is the end of 2019... Some argue it is the "ending of the decade." Others want to argue that that will be next NYE. (Honestly, say whatever you want!)
But New Years' Eve offers an incredible opportunity each year. We can take stock of what has happened (good, challenging, and in-between), and begin to look forward to a new start. A fresh slate. A clean beginning. A fresh year.
May your 2020 be full of possibilities: dreams to discover, opportunities to discover, and ways in which you can grow spiritually.
But in Christ this is always a reality. In Christ, God has made all things new!
There's this beautiful verse found in Revelation 21:5. "Behold, I am making all things new... Write, for these words are trustworthy and true." Yes, God is talking about the end of time and the fulfillment of salvation. But this is also a promise that begins for Christians in the here-and-now: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (1 Cor. 5:17)
God is in the business of making things new! He can't wait for us to discover the life he has imagined for us. It isn't always easy, but it will be worth it.
Thank you, God, for making all things new through Jesus. As we approach this new year, help me see what new thing(s) you want for my life. Help me dedicate my life to you. Take the old away, and bring the new to stay. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.