Happy New Year
For those who have been reading the blog since it began last February, we are grateful. For those who have joined us along the way, we thank you, too.
2013 is upon us and we are facing what is perhaps one of the most challenging years. I am encouraging you to dedicate yourself to a closer walk with God for the entire year, and watch Him work "all things together for our good."
We have seen his words of instruction to groups and individuals during our studies. We have taken note of what it means to honor God through obedience and praise and worship, and we have seen how that blesses the believer in all aspects of his life.
My hope is for you to experience the blessings of God and come to know his power at work in you as you commit yourself to living in his truth. The key verse for several of our studies has been John 3:16, and its demonstration through our lives will continue to be the reason we point you to the good news about Jesus.
Regular and persistent prayer is also a vital part of your spiritual relationship with the Lord. It is important to maintain that line of communication and be open and receptive to God's answers.
While our relationship to Him is one that is always based on love, He encourages us to also be loving toward each other. Yes, there are those who conduct themselves by being less than lovable, but that means we need to demonstrate more of God's love to them.
So our time in prayer, worship, praise and meditation will continue to be on the basis of God's love for us, our love for him, and our love for one another. His blessings continue to amaze me, in good times and in times that are not so good. He is always there for us.
Join me in a promise to Him and to ourselves, that we are going to give Him first place in all that we do, in all that we are, and in all we share with others.
2013 can and will be a time when God wants to change our world for the better, and he is anxious to start with you and me.
"God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but inherit eternal life."