Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

It’s hard to believe that we have arrived at a new year. As I look around it seems that there are so many things that need to be dealt with as we approach this time. It is amazing what confronts us as 2019 knocks on the door.

Hearing people say ‘Happy New Year’ says a lot even when we are not fully aware of it. We are looking at the entrance into a new year where we can accomplish so many of the things that have been on our minds.

I recognize that each of us will have differing views concerning what this new year will bring. I’m looking forward to celebrating various events with Vicki, my kids and grandkids. It should be an exciting time as we experience all that takes place. I’ll have to let you know if I will be able to keep up with all that takes place.

While 2019 will hold many exciting things, I am sure there will be those times when we will struggle. In the midst of every day, week, month, or year there are those things that make it tough. It is different for each of us, but the struggles are still there.

In 2019 there will not only be new things for the family, but new things taking place in the church as well. I realize that some of the changes will be easy while others will be a little tougher. I know that a great deal of it depends on when the changes take place and how they are implemented.

This year is another milestone for me. I will turn 65! I think this is where I’m supposed to have a sad face! There are several things that I have planned at this point, but hope that I can hold it together. I believe with God and Vicki’s help, I should be able to hold up.

My biggest concern at this point is that I want to grow to be more loving and caring. I want people to see me as a man that reaches out to those he encounters. I want people to experience the love of God when we meet. Hopefully there have been glimpses of that in the past, but this year I don’t want there to be any question.

The only way that I will be able to achieve any goal that I have set for 2019 is to make sure that God is at the center of all that I do. The only way that I can do that is to make sure that each moment of every day is surrendered to Him. It won’t be easy but it is my desire and will be my prayer each day.

When Paul was sharing with Timothy concerning his call and his walk with the Lord he shared some specific things. I believe it would be good for me to share one of those things as we begin this New Year.

In 1 Timothy 6:11-12 Paul wrote – 11 “But flee from these things, you man of God; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

If we are going to be the people that God desires us to be, we must do all that we can to fulfill the call that God has placed on our lives. The road will be filled with twists and turns, but we need to move in the direction that God is calling us to go.

As we enter 2019, our focus must be on God. As children of God it is important for us to make sure that we look to Him and answer the call He has given us. Let’s ‘fight the good fight of faith’ and let God make the difference in our lives in 2019.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul