Eccl 2:25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?
Let me be one of the first to wish you a Happy New Year! To be sure, everyone desires a happy new year … but how does a person actually experience a happy new year? What is the key to having 2019 really be a happy one for you?
Many people equate happiness with money and materialism. Others equate happiness with good physical health. To them, happiness is a well fit body hitting on all cylinders. Still others equate happiness with personal achievement. To them, happiness is a big promotion, or graduation, or a milestone achievement.
Boris Becker was the youngest man to win Wimbledon in 1985, at the age of 17. This only catapulted him to fame, fortune and personal achievement. Yet, he was unhappy and on the brink of suicide. Becker was quoted as saying; “I had won Wimbledon twice before, once as the youngest player. I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed. I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string.”
Isn’t that amazing? Becker had all the things the world says will make for happiness, yet he was so incredibly unhappy. Could it be that true happiness is not found in health, wealth, and achievement?
The Bible makes it clear that true happiness comes when you and I are right with God. When we are yielded to Christ and His will, then we can experience true happiness—inner peace and unspeakable joy. Are you right with God today? Are your sins confessed to Him? Are you living surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ?
Blaise Pascal is on record saying , “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
As we are in the first week of 2019, please take inventory of your life. Things make life comfortable, but only JESUS can satisfy your soul. Start your year off right by bowing your knee and your life to King Jesus. Give Him first place in everything … for that is the key to true happiness.
· Dixie German – struggling with her liver cancer – May our prayer be for her comfort. Some of the family is in transit now….
· Stacey asked for prayer Saturday night for wisdom as a few things need to come together regarding she and April’s father’s estate.
· Karen asked for prayer for Aaron her son in Michigan – housing and employment
· Thanks for those who prayed for family members traveling over the holidays — as far as I know everyone is home safe/sound – and a good time was had by all!!!
· Let’s pray for our Discovery family – that we will develop a sensitive ear to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice-whatever He asks us to do — share Christ with a friend – make the fellowship of the Saints a priority – serve Him with a passion as we are in this probationary 4thyear….Jesus is looking for fruit from the fig tree — only you and me can answer what He’ll find year’s end.
January Sermon Series
The Saints Record Player
During January, we will play a song that was popular in by-gone days — and use the song as a springboard to biblical application and the sermon — the only hint I’ll give you for this week is that the song was made popular by the Doobie Brothers and the Biblical text is Acts 8:26-40…..
The passage and song I chose this weekend will be an outgrowth of what was shared during last week’s Celebration services…..It is one thing to read what Biblical characters did – it is another thing to implement their service to Jesus. This weekend we will follow one of the 1stDeacon’s of the early church as he was used by Jesus to bring one of the 1stGentile to faith in Christ.
It sounds simplistic — it sounds elementary — and I hope it sounds reasonable that if everyone of us during 2019 bring ONE soul to Jesus – Heaven will increase that much and our congregation will double in size – and the FRUIT Jesus is looking for will be evident and His favor will rest upon us…..PTL….Please read Acts 8:26-40 prior to service.
HOW DO PEOPLE START ATTENDING CHURCH?
A Friend Invited Me 86%
Organized Visitation 6%
Invited by the Pastor 6%
· There must be a Divorce between you and sin, or there can be no Marriage between you and Christ.
· You may think you canlivefine without Christ, but you cannot afford to die without Him
· Wonder what God wants for Christmas?
· When you are hanging by a thread, make sure it’s the hem of His garment
· If you are a Christian, nobody should have to beg you to come to Church
· How many fathers would give up their Son for me? Only One Did……
Trust in God is more than positive thinking that things will turn out okay in the end. Regardless what we will face in the New Year — obstacles – challenges – maybe blessings in disguise – a few tips can deepen our faith in God and lead us to victory.
Know what you BELIEVE.
What do you believe about God? This can guide you in your daily walk with Him. Noah’sbelief in a Great God led him to obedience because He believed God was trustworthy. Otherwise he would not have built an ark on dry land miles from a body of water.. Jonahwho ended up in the belly of the great fish – questioned if God knew what He was doing.
Accept GOD’S WORD as true from Cover/Cover.
Jesus gave His life for you, and all He asks is that you live as a reflection of His nature and character so that others see Him in you. That can only come as you develop a trust that His Word is true.
Maintain the proper view of GOD’S GREATNESS
A small viewof God has the attitude that I am in control of my life—I have my plan and I hope God approves (similar to Jonah’s attitude). When we have a big viewof God, we can live with certainty knowing we can take the risk and obey God, because it’s not about us.
Show CHRIST daily in all your interactions.
When our lives demonstrate His heart and hope for this world, it’s an indicator that we trust Him to help us live the life He has called us to. Christ came to live in us and work through us to bring every person closer to Him as we live our lives in His image.
Quiz….from the following vss…try to figure out the song and topic for the weekend message (Jan 12-13)???
Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another. (Romans 12:10)
Be kind and honest and you will live a long life; others will respect you and treat you fairly. (Proverbs 21:21)
Do for others just what you want them to do for you. (Luke 6:31)
But have reverence for Christ in your hearts, and honor him as Lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect. Keep your conscience clear, so that when you are insulted, those who speak evil of your good conduct as followers of Christ will become ashamed of what they say. (1 Peter 3:15-16)
Submit yourselves to one another because of your reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21)