2014 proved to be one of the best years yet. I say that as we saw the providence of God throughout the year in the adding personnel to the church as well as improvements to the building and grounds and the birth of really exciting ministries. Where often these things would have been a distant vision, they became realities and the results are showing up in this year’s calendar of events and we are just getting started into the New Year.
It was a year of saying goodbye to many of our congregation as jobs, retirements, and distance have taken them to new fellowships where I’m sure they will be every bit a blessing as they were with us. We have been blessed with people with ‘servant hearts’ and where ever the Lord leads and deposits them, they will be an asset to the community. Then again, right on cue, the Lord is bringing new folks among us and the process continues and the Body of Christ is ‘cross’ pollinated.
My sense is that the greatest growth and maturity is going to be realized in the coming days. I’m excited to be a part of such a wonderful fellowship of believers who truly want to go forward in the Lord and make a difference in the world in which we live. We are 2/3 of the way through the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting which is such a good way to begin the year. When our focus is on the Lord, everything else just seems to fall in place and the difficult things become simple.
I was called in to get a blood test today and as I talked with my physician the common theme becomes “at your age”. Actually, I first heard this after breaking my big toe at age 28. We expect to have more physical and sometimes mental challenges as we get older. But then God comes along and heals this and that and the next thing you know we are going strong again. We rejoice in the significant healings which have been shared at church and some of those after long trials. So let’s expect that as we walk with the Lord, He does desire that we be in health and prosper even as our soul prospers. (3 John 2).