Winter 2017 From the Pastor's Desk

I recently saw this quote, "No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" (Unknown). I really began to think about that statement. The conclusion was that we don't start over; but we begin again right where we are, making things better in our lives.

I think that all too often, as God’s children, our focus is wrong. We spend a lot of time thinking about the impediments in our walk instead of focusing on the destination. When we focus on the problem right in front of us we take our eyes off the goal.

This time of new beginnings begs the question – where do I want to be at this time next year? I want to be closer to God. I am NOT going to focus on studying more, sinning less, loving more, judging less or doing any of a hundred other things that will make me a better “Christian.” I am going to focus on God and pursue Him. In the pursuit of God these other things will take care of themselves.

Remember that Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Where do you want to end this year? What is your GOAL? Where are you going? This year I am determined to make Him my all in all. He wants our undivided attention in spite of the distractions and temptations that lie waiting around the corner. He has to be our main focus.

How we will end this year will be determined by how we started it. Did we want to get more "INTIMATE" with the lover of our soul? I looked up the word intimacy and the meaning is to be close, familiar, very personal and private.

If you are a Christian and you feel stagnate in your relationship with the Lord, then now is the time to rekindle the love affair with Him. He calls us to Himself and says, "Come away my beloved." Can you hear Him? He is tugging at your heart. The real ending in our life will be when Jesus says well done my good and faithful servant. That statement will be for someone who took the time to get to know Him, love Him, and that obediently followed Him.

Pastor Pat

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