Farrol and I want to wish each of you a blessed and Happy New Year!!!
It seems like the days go by faster the older we have gotten, yet we know they haven’t. The joy of knowing eternity awaits us all, and it could be today, is motivation to live in a manner our Lord is deserving of.
My prayer for each of us as we enter this new year is the prayer the Apostle Paul prayed for the church at Ephesus . “Lord I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give each of us a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened so that we may know what is the hope of His calling and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”
What a joy it is to live each day for His glory and to look toward Heaven as our eternal home that awaits us as His children.
May we live in light of that glory that awaits us with the passion, commitment and the joy of being a Christ follower!
Happy New Year all,
Farrol & I would like to wish you a blessed Christmas and a joy-filled and prosperous New Year!
There is no greater hope than the Hope that entered this world as a babe in the manger, who became our Savior on the Cross and today sits at the Right Hand of the Father of Glory, victorious over sin and death. This Hope that offers salvation to all mankind by grace through faith in Him alone is truly an anchor of our soul that “no one” nor “anything” can shatter!
Friends, as we close 2016 and begin a new year I am challenged by these words from the prophet Micah in chapter 4 and verse 5, “Though all the peoples walk Each in the name of his god, As for us, we will walk In the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.”
I am praying for my family and each of us who read this that daily our choice would be clear and distinct who we worship and serve. Let it be seen in our actions, through our speech and in our thought life. We are servants of the Most High God and we choose to walk in His name and for His glory until He calls us home.
Truly, a daily choice worth making!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you,
(Pastor Doug’s weekly devotional can be received via email by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His daily word of inspiration can be ready by connecting with him on Facebook and by connecting with Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook. Each has a unique motivation for the day. Please join us for our Christmas Eve worship time at 5:00 p.m. and for Sunday Christmas Worship at 10:00 a.m.)
Wednesday, December 21 – Join others in prayer, 7:00 a.m., in Church library
Christmas Eve, 5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Service
Christmas Day, Regular worship time at 10:00 a.m., no Sunday School
New Year’s Day, January 1, Regular worship time 15 at 10:00 a.m., Sunday School, 9:00 a.m.
LFF Youth: Sunday School, 9:00 a.m., January 1; New Year’s Eve Part, December 30th
LFF College: Sunday School, 9:00 a.m., January 1 in church library
Several LFF members attended the December, 2016 “Finishing the Task” Conference at Saddleback Church. Finishing the Task is an effort to spread the gospel worldwide, especially to unreached people groups. Highlights of the 2015 Conference can be reviewed at http://www.finishingthetask.com/videos.html.
Quotes from “Finishing the Task, 2016”:
Francis Chan: “What’s wrong is when this Hope doesn’t anchor our soul.”
David Joannes: “Fields are ripe among Unreached Unengaged People Groups.” (UUPGS)
David Joannes: “Go is a real command!”
The Living Faith Fellowship Children’s Ministry presented their Christmas Program during the worship time on Sunday, December 18th. (Click on one picture to view a slideshow)
Please join us for a special Christmas Even Service on Saturday, December 24th, 5:00 p.m. Also join us for worship on Christmas morning at 10:00 a.m.
What is God wanting to speak to you about this Christmas season? I have found, if I don’t take some time alone and pray something like Samuel of old prayed, “Speak Lord for Thy servant is listening” that a special season of the year goes by and I am left just doing the “same ole same O.” I don’t want to do that and I am guessing you don’t either.
Through the busyness of the season, through the hustle and bustle of thinking about what to buy this person or that person, slow down for a moment and listen. Listen carefully, won’t you?
Psalm 41 and verse 1 has been good for me to “chew on” this season, “How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.” This is what Jesus did for each of us that first Christmas long ago. He considered each of us, in a very sin filled, helpless state and came to this earth as a babe in the manger to become our Savior on the cross and today sits at the Right hand of the Father in glory as King of all Kings and Lord of all Lord’s.
There are so many hurting and helpless individuals “glocally” (new word I heard at last weeks conference) both locally and globally. God has blessed me in so many ways and I want to make a difference for His glory with what He has entrusted me. I know I can’t help/serve everyone, but I sure can do what I can. Christ didn’t heal all those sick and diseased people of His day, but He did provide a way of salvation for all mankind.
It is good for me to chew on, to ponder how one single life that I have been entrusted with can make a difference in others lives less fortunate than I am.
What’s your message from Him this Christmas season?
For His glory, His way,
The Living Faith Fellowship choir shared a Christmas presentation on Sunday, December 11th, during the worship time.
Please join us for worship this Sunday, December 18th, for worship, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The LFF children ministry will share a Christmas presentation during worship time. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.