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The New Year Unfolds Before Us

Matthew 18:2-4

2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

We are in the early days of a New Year – thew New Year is unfolding before us. Some stayed up on New Year’s Eve to watch it arrive. Some had friends over to enjoy the change of years. Some may have headed to New York City and other places to join larger groups of people to celebrate the coming of a New Year. Some – like me – went to sleep as if nothing will be different or change with the changing calendar. Change is the key word. Some hope that a New Year will be better than the year just completed. Facebook is filled with people hoping for a better 2018. Some hope we can get a fresh start and make changes in our lives. If we change nothing and still expect a different result – well – you know what they say about that saying.

Have we ever read and wondered what Jesus meant by these words from Matthew’s gospel? When Jesus says – I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. What is it about a little child that is so significant? Continue reading

January 5, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Year Is Soon To Arrive

Matthew 18:2-4

2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

112015 Ray McDonaldWe are entering a New Year in a few days.  Some will stay up to see the old year leave and the new year arrive.  Some will have friends over to enjoy the change of years.  Some will head to New York City or other places to join larger groups of people to celebrate the coming of a New Year.  Some will go to sleep as if nothing will be different or change.  Change is the key word.  The hope that a New Year will be better than the year just completed.  Facebook is filled with people hoping for a better 2016.  That we can get a fresh start and make changes in our lives.  If we change nothing and still expect a different result – well – you know what they say about that saying.

Have we ever read and wondered what Jesus meant by these words from Matthew’s gospel?  When Jesus says – I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  What is it about a little child that is so significant? Continue reading

December 28, 2015 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy New Year – 2015

Matthew 18:2-4

2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgWe are entering a New Year in approximately 8 hours as I type this devotional thought.  Some will stay up to see the old year leave and the new year arrive.  Some will have friends over to enjoy the change of years.  Some have headed to New York City and other places to join larger groups of people to celebrate the coming of a New Year.  Some will go to sleep as if nothing will be different or change.  Change is the key word.  The hope that a New Year will be better than the year just completed.  Facebook is filled with people hoping for a better 2015.  That we can get a fresh start and make changes in our lives.  If we change nothing and still expect a different result – well – you know what they say about that saying.

Have you ever read and wondered what Jesus meant by these words from Matthew’s gospel?  When Jesus says – I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  What is it about a little child that is so significant? Continue reading

January 1, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A New Year Is Coming – What Will It Bring?

Matthew 18:2-4

2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

We are entering a New Year in approximately 11 hours or so.  Some will stay up to see the old year leave and the new year arrive.  Some will have friends over to enjoy the change of years.  Some have headed to New York City and other places to join larger groups of people to celebrate the coming of a New Year.  Some will go to sleep as if nothing will be different or change.  Change is the key word.  The hope that a New Year will be better than the year just completed.  Facebook is filled with people hoping for a better 2012.  That we can get a fresh start and make changes in our lives.  If we change nothing and still expect a different result – well – you know what they say about that saying.

Have you ever read and wondered what Jesus meant by these words from Matthew’s gospel?  When Jesus says – I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  What is it about a little child that is so significant?

What is it about little children that we should emulate in order to follow Jesus?  Little children are open and honest.  Little children hope and dream. Little children – unless they have faced abuse or lived in oppressive situations – have faith in the possible – they even believe in the impossible.  Little children are ever ready to forgive and can bounce back from almost anything.

How can we humble ourselves in 2012 – put aside our education and learning – put aside our experiences that have jaded our thinking and feelings – and live as people of faith?  Can we make real change in 2012 to the way we do business as usual?  Can we truly put God first and seek after His face and desire His grace in our lives?  Can we be like little children and spend 2012 celebrating Jesus in our lives?

None of us know where 2012 will lead us.  We don’t know if we will see tomorrow let alone the whole of 2012.  But if we aim at nothing we are bound to hit it.

Most people make resolutions.  Some usually last a week or month and some for the whole year.  What if we decided today – hours before the year 2012 begins – that we will humble ourselves before Jesus in the coming year – and truly ask ourselves what would Jesus do in all areas of our life?  What if we were willing to change and be like little children in our trust of Jesus in 2012?

God promises that marriages would be healed – relationships would be strengthened – churches would be united and focused – God would be glorified.  Will you join me in 2012 and commit to change – becoming like little children and seeking His face and desiring His grace – and believe in what God can do?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 31, 2011 Posted by | Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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