Dear Church Family,
Happy New Year to all of you! I pray you had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas with your family and friends, and that you’re excited to see what 2018 has in store for us!
The new year always brings with it a sense of starting fresh, so you might think I’m getting ready to tell you all about how it’s time to start fresh here at Liberty. But I’m not! You know, we celebrate the beginning of a new year on January 1st. The Chinese New Year usually falls around late January or early February. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, takes place in the fall—often in mid to late September. My point is that any day is a good day to start fresh! God’s mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23)!
I think Liberty Baptist Church turned a page and started fresh on October 1st of 2017. I’ve been setting goals in my heart and mind since then, and I hope you have been, too. But every day that we wake up is a fresh, new opportunity to serve Christ! Rick Warren once compared success in building the kingdom to riding a wave. You see, we can’t create a wave, but we can ride it! In the same way, we can’t create a movement of the Holy Spirit, but when we see Him at work, we can get on board and work with Him! We can ride that wave whether it’s January 1st or any other day of the year!
Since October 1st, I’ve seen the Holy Spirit moving, and I hope you have, too! I pray that as we continue to make our hearts and lives available to be used by Him, that He’ll move in even bigger ways in our church and across our community! Let’s be determined to catch that wave and ride it—determined to grow closer to Christ, to serve each other, and to intentionally share the Gospel with our community!
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