Sunday Rest and Reflection

Dear Friends,

Greetings on this first day of rest of 2010!  We are beginning a new year and a new decade.  Time is ever marching on and it shows no partiality to anyone! Be sure to take time to rest and reflect on what you have read from God’s word and what you heard preached at church.  If you are not taking time to gather with God’s people, think about your priorities today.  You are missing out on a blessing and are also disobedient to the Lord!  (Hebrews 10:25)

Our theme for this year is the promise of Jesus Christ that He will return soon!  This is an event related to time and our understanding of time.  What does ’soon’ mean to you?  Does that mean in the next few minutes?  Could it be yet today?  Will it be in the first month of this new year?  Will 2010 be the year that Jesus comes?  The important thing is not exactly when He is coming, but being ready when He does come.

Do you have an assurance based on God’s word that you are ready for Christ’s coming?   Do you know what is required to be ready?  Are you using your talents and resources to serve the Lord?  Do you have a dream from the Lord or a desire in your heart to accomplish something great for the Lord that you have not yet attempted or started?  Are you holding on to some besetting sin that has a grip on your life and is holding you back from your purpose?  Please know that I’m not asking these questions to make you feel guilty, but rather to stimulate your thinking.

If we knew for sure that Jesus would come back by the end of 2010, what things would you do to prepare?  This is the kind of thinking that should help us to have the power to change and attempt great things for God.  It should help us get rid of bad habits and sins that hinder.  It should cause us to launch out in attempting to fulfill dreams and visions.

Take some time today and write down some dreams that you have, and needed preparations for the coming of Jesus Christ.  Begin to think about this year as if it were the last year you had on earth before the rapture.  Ask the Lord to lead you in changing attitudes and actions to reflect your new priority!

In His Love, Pastor John

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