Monday, December 30, 2013

the best is yet to come

I am amazed at the prospects ahead of us.  Look at the evidence of what happens when a person sells out to Jesus.  God blesses the people who whole-heartedly give all to do what He asks and to go where He calls them to go.  The evidence is found in the Bible as well as in the testimony of the people we have known through the years.

Joshua 1:7  NLT
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.

You’ve heard it before, as I have, that our best days are ahead of us.  Stop relying on the past to be our place of celebration or even to hold our best when the best is far different.  I confess that what often keeps us from the best is us.  It’s a fact.  We have held ourselves and others back, and I am dead set against that happening any more.  Do you hear me?  My heart says we have ground ahead of us that must be taken.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

We’ve been blessed.  So blessed by God as He has allowed us as a church for 7 years to serve thousands of people, hundreds of families each year.  This year is unprecedented in the fact we’ve helped well over 13,000 people in many different ways, and it will not stop here.

I believe that 2014 is meant to be a catapult to make those numbers sore, but I ask that you hear me well.  The numbers are great, but what is important is the soul of each person we get to serve.  See the big picture.  The reason why I believe God is preparing us for greater impact is that “souls are in the balance”.  We’ve taken the challenge, the mantle if you will or the baton in the race, to demonstrate God’s love by serving these precious people with no strings attached.

The future is being set up before our eyes.  2013 brought us the possibility of a new campus, and it my belief that 2014 will take us into that campus.  Our size will increase and our impact will increase.  Whoever shows up most in someone’s life wins the battle of influence.  Are you ready?  The very best is yet to come.

But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

The New Year is a couple days away, and we have a chose to follow God or to do our own thing.  Our church is set to help more people and to intercept for people who are headed in the wrong direction for the cause of Christ, but this all starts with one person.  It starts with you and me making a choice to go with God and to join others in pursuit of what God has for us.

I pray that 2014 finds you and all you do successful.  God promised success.  I chose to serve Him.  As for my family and me, we will pursue the Lord!  How about you?

WILL YOU HELP US HELP OTHERS?  Have you given your end-of-the year gifts?  Mail you gift by December 31st  to The Community Fellowship (mail to PO Box 388, Collinsville, VA 24078) or give online at THIS LINK.  Please help us serve the hungry, hurting and homeless. 

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