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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday Words of Encouragement January 1, 2017 --Happy New Year!

We opened the new year with a Sunday School lesson showing videos of two people sharing visions of heaven. I liked the thought of the involvement of angels and I will share that another day.

Our Pastor concluded his Celebrate Series.
He asked: "If we took inventory of the last 365 days, what would we find?" We can inventory areas such as health, financial, relationship, and spiritual. We can't agonize over past negatives.

In church, we tend to present our best selves. But we all have room for improvement.
Paul wrote in Philippians 1:3-6: I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

God has started a good wok in you... He will continue that work.
God is continuing that work in you... Until it is finished on the day when Jesus returns.
Pastor encouraged us to read The Blessed Life which talks about giving at a ‘God Level’. Sometimes we are called to sacrifice.

1. What will be your goal for 2017?
2. What steps will you take to reach your target.
3. Each of us needs to commit with Focused intensity to reach our goal.

The Point: To be successful you need a target to receive your focused intensity.

What are you targeting for spiritual growth? Sharing Christ? Prayer? Stepping up? It is time to let God use us instead of doing something for us.

God has God-size plans for each of us and those plans are tied to His plan for the church.

I had several New Beginning songs and choose this one: Write your Story.
A Verse for Today:
Proverbs 16:3 NIV
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.

Lord, help me commit and stay focused on Your Will this year and always.

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