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Wasted Years!

Thought For The Week…

I wanted to pass along a few remarks by Pastor Paul Chappell. He shared these timely thoughts in his daily devotional yesterday entitled, “Wasted Years”.

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:14–18

Someone once observed that a wasted life is really nothing more than a collection of wasted days. As God gives us life, each one of us starts the new year with the same number of opportunities—365—that we can choose to either use and invest in eternal things or allow to drift by without taking advantage of the gift we have been given. The difference between those who succeed and those who fail is not found primarily in talent but in diligence and effort.

Each day is precious, and it represents an opportunity that will never come again. Instead of allowing time to pass without effort and productivity, we are to redeem it—to make the most of it. Benjamin Franklin said, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for time is the stuff life is made of.” The time of the past year cannot be recaptured, but the pages of the coming year are still blank and waiting for us to write on them.

Because we are living in days when evil is growing, it is more important than ever that we be aware and attentive to what is happening around us. The will of God for each of us in this new year is that we be filled with and controlled by His Spirit so that we can accomplish the work which He has prepared for us to do. Commit yourself to using your time wisely, and you will have a productive year.

Today’s Rooted Principle: Be alert to the opportunities for service and ministry and growth that cross your path—they may not come again.

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THANK YOU, Pastor Chappell!” for your challenge! May God help each of us to not waste time and squander the opportunities which He has given! You can read more of Pastor Chappell’s Devotions HERE!

Truth

Thought For The Week…

On behalf of my family, I would like to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS! We are privileged to have a church family like you, and are looking forward to what God has in store for us this coming year! As we enter the service today, I want to challenge us about the subject of TRUTH!

Contrary to popular opinion, truth is not relative. That is, truth is not truth because you or I believe it. Truth does not cease to be truth because one person holds to its authenticity and another does not. Truth is truth REGARDLESS! Though our society demands “TRUTH and JUSTICE,” we really want neither.

As a Christian, we believe that the Bible, God’s Holy Word, is truth! Without this road map of life, we would lose our way along life’s treacherous and slippery road. The Bible is full of axioms, or principles, that we should build our lives around. For example, not only do we believe the Bible concerning its truths about Heaven, but we also believe what it says concerning Hell! The Bible should the sole basis for our faith AND practice.

During this Christmas Season, much objection has been raised about how people have changed their tradition Christmas greeting from, “Merry Christmas!” to “Happy Holiday!” Folks are upset because our Christmas Tree is now referred to as a Holiday Tree. I am not certain the basis for raising these objections, for many, are due to the fear that our society will lose sight of the TRUTH about Christmas or if it is just because of change in general.

These yearly arguments over greetings and descriptive names definitely mean a lot to each of us, but how about the countless other things that we should be guarding and protecting with our lives? We should be concerned about how we read as a LIVING TRANSLATION of God’s Word! How we daily respond to the truths in God’s Word has a direct impact us and our testimony.