1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2The same was in the beginning with God.
3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Beginnings and Endings
Beginnings and endings matter. starts with "In the beginning" and ends with "Amen." How things start and how they end matter to God and should matter to us. We like to think that it's not how you start, it's how you finish, but the truth is, if you don't start sometime, you can't finish.
We will end 2010 and the first decade of this century in a few days. How are you planning to end this time? Are you planning on ending it drunk? Kissing strangers in the street? Do your plans warrant and amen or a 'so let it be' at the end? What about the beginning of 2011? Are you planning on starting this year without any changes?
Loved ones, give yourselves one more Christmas gift this year, this decade and next year. Give yourself Christ. He has made Himself available to you and has gathered the gifts of redemption, salvation, and the favor of God, all tied up with a ribbon of His blood. To gain these gifts, you need only receive. However, you can bring Him the gifts of a yielded spirit, a contrite heart and obedience. That would be just what He wants for His birthday.
That's a great recipe for ending the year. It's also a great one for beginning. "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God." Begin your new year, new decade, new life with the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God and the is Himself. Get the beginning that is worthy of an amen. Worthy of being sealed with the very Name of Jesus, in His blood.
At Fellowship, we will end this year with a New Year's Eve service at followed by a breakfast. I hope you will join us, especially if you are reading this and you do not have a church to go to .
But, more importantly, I hope you will join us . It's the first Sunday of 2011. It's the first Sunday of a new decade. For some of you, it may be the first Sunday of your salvation.
Our pastor issued a challenge that we contact everyone we care about, and encourage them to be with us . If you are a member of Fellowship reading this, please be there. I care about you. If you are not a member of Fellowship, or any other congregation, please be there. I care about you. If you are a member of another congregation, please be THERE. We all have assignments in Christ, and it is important that we start off each day, each year in place. Be in your place. You never know how the Father intends to use you, but you're of no use if you're not in place.
If you do not know your place, your assignment in Christ, we have room for you at Fellowship Friday night, and all throughout 2011, 12, 13.....
Happy New Year! Happy New Life!!
1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Revelation -1712And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Evg. Stephanie Robinson
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