January 2018 Newsletter

PASTOR’S PEN….

Happy New year to everyone!  I hope your Christmas was filled with good food, family, and the Joy and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The new year, 2018, is upon us and it’s time to set some goals.  I found my goals in Peter 4:7-11.  “Therefore be clear minded and self- controlled so that you can pray.  Above all, love each other…because love covers…a multitude of sins…Each one should use whatever gift he has…to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, he should do so as one speaking the very words of God.  If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.”

I hope that you will accept the challenge of God’s word to live your life in 2018 for our LORD.  May our Lord richly bless you as you serve Him!

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.”


BIBLE QUIZ

At the start of a new year, we remember that God continually gives us new chances. What does Jesus say to a woman caught in adultery?

A. “Go, and from now on sin no more.”
B. “Not even in Israel have I found such great faith.”
C. “Peace be with you.”
D. “Tell no one what I have done for you.”

 


PRAYER FOR A NEW BEGINNING

Dear Lord, touch me with your Spirit of truth so I may be honest about my sins and failures. Forgive me for treating your covenant lightly and at times ignoring it completely. Help me truly seek and know forgiveness for all the hurts I’ve caused, for harboring ill will and for any hardness of heart I may have. Please renew a right spirit within me that I may become more Christ-like and that my life may daily reveal your love and light. In your name. Amen.

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COME BACK TO CHRISTMAS

When January comes along, we can continue that sense of comfort and warmth that comes at Christmas by returning to the Christmas story, which gives us two great promises: God understands you, and God can redeem you. 

I encourage people to make it a point to reread the Christmas story every month, and allow Christmas to be Christmas every month. We need to keep coming back to it. 

—Max Lucado, Publishers Weekly interview

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On Saturday, January 13, the 2017 Secret Sisters will meet at 11:00 am at Popo’s at 17037 N 59th Ave for their Revelation Party.  Be ready for surprises as each lady reveals her identity to her Sister.  If you cannot attend the party, please make arrangements with Krystal Garron so your sister is not left wondering who you are!


FROM THE CORRECT PERSPECTIVE

A child sat at his grandmother’s feet as she embroidered. Looking up, he saw a mishmash of threads and ugly knots but no discernible picture or words. “Nana,” he said with concern, “that’s not very pretty.”

“Come up here,” Grandma invited, “and look at it from this side. You have to see it from my perspective.”

“Oh!” the boy exclaimed then. “It’s beautiful!”

Seeing the world from our human, earthly viewpoint, we can’t grasp the masterpiece that God is completing. But when we finally see it from his perspective, we’ll discover that the threads and knots all contribute to a beautiful work of art. That work won’t be finished until Jesus returns, but in the meantime, may God grant us an occasional glimpse of the work in progress — from God’s side!

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MEMORY VERSE

~ John 14:3 ~

“And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.

~ John 14:3 ~

NIV


January is Game Day for our Over 40 Fellowship.  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 11:00 am for a short devotion, potluck lunch and then a chosen game or games.  It is a wonderful time of fun and fellowship for all.  See Martha F. with any questions!


The pastors and staff of WGBC wish all those celebrating a birthday or anniversary in January a very blessed day.


A NEW YOU

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.

—G.K. Chesterton

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THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS

Martin Luther King Jr. called forgiveness “a permanent attitude,” as opposed to “an occasional act.” Maintaining a forgiveness mind-set leads to peace and freedom.

Author and pastor Max Anders experienced that freedom in seminary. After cheating on a Hebrew final, he was distraught and confessed his sin to God and the professor. “I felt deeply cleaned. Pure. Holy,” Anders writes in 21 Unbreakable Laws of Life. “I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. I wanted to run and jump and dance. The burden was lifted. … I was free!”

By contrast, he writes, “If we don’t ask for forgiveness when we wrong someone, we lose our moral authority; the debris of sin begins to accumulate in our hearts, choking our conscience …. Others know when we sin against them, and if we don’t make it right, it hurts our reputation as well as God’s.”

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+ CHRISTIAN SYMBOL +

This set of letters spells “Christ” in Greek. It may be written using the Roman alphabet (from which the English alphabet descended), but is also often presented in Greek characters, as shown here.

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Bible Quiz Answer: A (See John 8:11.)