As Christians, we need to understand that God is in all authority. As such, He has given us His word to use as the basis of life. [W]hatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name (by the authority) of the Lord Jesus..” (Col 3:17). That means we must have godly authority for our personal lives, love lives, home lives, work lives, school lives, etc.
If you turn the page and look to your right, you will notice a section in the Bulletin entitled, “Cares, Concerns, & Celebrations!” This is where we list those who are in need of prayer. Many names are mentioned of new members, loss of loved ones, and those who are sick. If you are looking at the list, please notice how long it is. Many people are in need of someone to pray for them. In fact we can all use prayer. You will notice that under the heading it says to, “remember these with visits, calls, cards, and prayers.” I want to encourage us today to do so.
Some things that are important to you may not be important at all to someone else. This is an obvious statement, of course, but please keep reading. How do you start off your morning? Is it the same every day? Most likely how you begin is decided ahead of time. It may be important to you that you exercise every morning, or you may want to begin with the breakfast meal. Perhaps, a cup of coffee is how you begin each day. When the routine is different, you may not feel quite right. The point is that you have a choice to make each day. Some choices seem to matter and others are not that important at all. Whether or not you decide ahead of time how to begin the day, most people develop a routine that feels right to them. A way to begin the day that fits their lifestyle and choices. If a difference in the routine happens, then adjustments must be made. How seriously you take the choices you make depends on you.
For the past several weeks, probably starting a couple days before Halloween, we have all been listening to Christmas music in every store and on just about every channel of the radio. If you’re like me, you’re just about to go crazy.
Welcome to 2015! I hope that 2014 was a good year for you, and I pray that 2015 will be a great one! We thankfully had the opportunity to ring in the New Year with our wonderful brethren here at Arnold. I’m thankful for those who were there with us. For those who weren’t, I hope that you got to spend time with family and friends.