Consider the Direction of Your Life
Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them, and to evaluate their slipshod spirituality in light of what God had told them.
Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It’s so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we’re going and where we should be going.
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.
1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?
The value of many of these questions is not in their profundity, but in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus. For example,
just by articulating which person you most want to encourage this year is more likely to help you remember to encourage that person than if you hadn’t considered the question.
If you’ve found these questions helpful, you might want to put them someplace—in a day planner, PDA, calendar, bulletin board, etc.—where you can review them more frequently than once a year.
So let’s evaluate our lives, make plans and goals, and live this new year with biblical diligence, remembering that, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage” (Proverbs 21:5). But in all things let’s also remember our dependence on our King who said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Events where you can serve and grow
…consider attending a D-Group in 2017
…Sunday evening prayer gathering this week 5-00 Pm -7:00 Pm
…bring non-perishable breakfast items for Welcome Home
…stay current in daily bible reading. The first 20 chapters of Genesis is our passage for January
…consider teaming up with Discovery College -meets on Sunday evenings at Discovery center
At our January meeting of the Core Team the question was asked of each member….have you grown spiritually during 2016? Every one answered in the affirmative. When asked what do you attribute this growth to…..every one answered the D-Group.
WOW. Please consider joining one of our 7 groups this year!!! Discovery is a CELL church which means he main event is he D-Group. We need you in a group and you need to be n a group
Shirley has worked hard and prepared everyone’s giving record for 2016. Many took theirs last weekend –be sure to get yours this weekend. They are on the south credenza by the coffee pot….Thanks Shirley!
If you are ever hospitalized or homebound and desire the Lord supper on the weekend — we now have a plan to make it available to you. No later than Wednesday of the week in question please call Vern Johnson at 573-881-6293. As you share with Vern, please indicate the best time to come…..please state if pets are a question….please give address and best way to get to your home, If you are in the hospital please state the hospital and room number.
Discovery has 6-7 individuals ready to serve — a couple will be notified once the call comes in, and on Sunday, you will be served.
Prayer needs. Please lift up the following in prayer:
…Mary Noble had a procedure on Tuesday. From this test they will have better underestimate how to open up the valve in her heart which is giving her trouble
…Kiki Marshall goes to Columbus, Ohio next Sunday. She will check in on Monday as the Medical team tries to discern why her stomach and brain are not communicating
…Jenn Faddis is still going through tests
…Kristen Yoder has been deployed to South Korea.
…3 of our members are seeking employment
…Sylvia Ryan’s cousin in Colorado need all types of prayers….her name is Joan
…children’s ministry and youth group
…great response to the Sunday prayer gathering this Sunday
…Mrs. Kay Baker is not feeling well lately….in fact she missed church Sunday which is unusual
…Mrs Jerry Walden has been down with fibromyalgia for a month
Madison Duff got her drivers license last week….our teens are growing up……… Bro Doug’s mother spent the holidays with them but now is spending the winter with her sister outside St Louis………..someone on the praise team turned 40 Tuesday….who was it? ……….with the promise of inclement weather approaching for the weekend…I’ll inform you by e-mail as well as put it on the local TV stations if we cancel church!………. Did you know Kevin and Liz Myers clean the church the last 3 weeks of every month as their ministry? We are blessed by their service…………..Tuesday I took the food you had donated to Welcome Home and they were very appreciative. The greatest blessing is to do something for someone who cannot pay you back………..our Sunday morning message is recorded. If you are ill or away you can keep up by watching the video on our web-site or YouTube. Thanks Doug and Kent for providing this service…..our son Gregg watched the lesson last week —they cancelled because of ice– he let me know 3 minutes before the end the camera picked up an animal as it walked across the north edge of the pond. Some think it was a raccoon others a fox…….great to know this service is available to anyone on the World Wide Web.
Church offering for 1/8/17
General Fund. $713.25
For Jeduthun, the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say.
I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.” 2 But as I stood there in silence— not even speaking of good things—the turmoil within me grew worse. 3 The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words: 4 “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”
6 We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. 7 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. 8 Rescue me from my rebellion. Do not let fools mock me. 9 I am silent before you; I won’t say a word, for my punishment is from you. 10 But please stop striking me!
I am exhausted by the blows from your hand. 11 When you discipline us for our sins, you consume like a moth what is precious to us. Each of us is but a breath.
12 Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest— a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me. 13 Leave me alone so I can smile again before I am gone and exist no more.