Pastor's Corner

1 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

So, what are we all wishing for in 2020? Here are the top 10 New Year's resolutions according to a survey of 2,000 people:

1. Diet or eat healthier (71 percent), 2. Exercise more (65 percent), 3. Lose weight (54 percent), 4. Save more and spend less (32 percent), 5. Learn a new skill or hobby (26 percent), 6. Quit smoking (21 percent), 7. Read more (17 percent), 8. Find another job (16 percent), 9. Drink less alcohol (15 percent), 10. Spend more time with family and friends (13 percent) https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/10-top-new-years-resolutions-for-success-happiness-in-2019.html

Credit for New Year Resolutions goes to the Babylonians. Four thousand years ago, they began a twelve-day religious festival known as Akitu, in which they focused on celebrating the coming of the new year. During this festival, they made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return objects they had borrowed. If they kept these promises, their gods would favor them, or so they believed. If they did not, they would face the gods’ wrath. https://www.history.com/news/the-history-of-new-years-resolutions

We too, somewhat, practice the same ritual year after year.  But why do our resolutions so often fail?  To whom do we promise?  The Babylonians feared their gods, who do you fear? If your only accountability is to yourself then you can talk yourself out of anything!  Accountability is key to reaching most of the goals we set!  I’m not suggesting you make an oath to God this year, but I am recommending you spend more time in the Bible.  It will amaze you how many life truths you will find that have to do with the resolutions you are making today. God wants you to be happy and healthy and we discover that truth in the pages of the Bible.  He gives us the perfect direction and plan that will lead to our ultimate happiness.  All we have to do is read and apply.  Life is easier with a plan and there is no better plan than the one God has for you!  That plan includes fellowshipping with fellow Christians.  As you make plans for the new year be sure to make church attendance one of your goals.  The more you are in the Bible and around people who have similar goals the more likely you will be to reach the goals you set for yourself!   Happy New Year!! 

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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