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Pastor's Corner - January 2014

posted Dec 28, 2013, 12:48 PM by Linda Dickinson

Dear Elmwood Family and Friends,

 

As 2013 comes to a close and as 2014 stretches out before us like a mountain path that is freshly covered with snow, without a single footprint yet upon it, let’s look back for a few moments and then look ahead a bit.

  • First, let us stop and give thanks to the Lord Jesus for His grace, mercy and love demonstrated so consistently and faithfully throughout this past year.
    How the Lord loves you and delights in you.  How good He has been to us this past year.  He is faithful and true.   No matter how difficult things may have been at times He has kept His promise to never leave us or forsake us.  He truly is Immanuel – God with us!  It is important for us as the people of God to always give thanks and praise.  It is important for us to continuously be mindful of His blessings. 

  • Second, Hebrews 12:1b challenges us with the words, “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.”  Have you ever run in a three legged race?  It is tough going when you are tied to someone else and you are desperately trying to run as fast as you can.  The Holy Spirit is calling us to run in freedom and forgiveness this year.  It is time to stop dragging the hindrances of life along with us day by day, the unhealthy patterns and habits that keep us from being who the Father designed and made us to be, in fact He calls us to throw these things off as well as the sin that tangles our lives up and to run with abandonment and freedom the race of life before us.

  • Third, Hebrews 12:1c instructs us to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”   We need to enter the new year with a renewed sense of expectation.  Is not our God the Great I Am?  Is He not the Alpha and the Omega?  Does He not go before us and make a way for us?  Knowing this helps us run with all we’ve got on the path before us this year!  Be careful to not let your love grow cold or fall into complacency or apathy.  Those are the ways of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  We must persevere.  Jesus calls us to lose our lives as servants of all as we enter the full adventure of the abundant life.

  • Finally, the Holy Spirit points us to Jesus in Hebrews 12:2, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”  As we step onto that untrodden path of the new year we do not face the days alone.  How wonderful it is that Jesus goes before and that as we fix our eyes on Him we go forth with courage and boldness.  As we continually consider the sacrifice and commitment of our Lord and savior it helps us so that we do not grow weary and lose heart.

     

    “I will lead them in paths that they have not known.  I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight.   These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.”   Isaiah 42:16

     

    Together, all for Him,

    Pastor Fred

     

    PS  A very special word of thanks for the kind expressions of appreciation during Pastor’s Appreciation Month, the overwhelming surprise birthday greetings and gifts as I turned 60, and the lovely Christmas and New Year’s gifts and greeting to Kai and me.  We are so blessed!

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