I pray you had a restful and memorable Christmas season. As we start the new year there are two questions that need to be raised in our prayers, plans, and preparations. You may want to post them to your desk area, refrigerator, in your bible, bathroom mirror, or somewhere you can be reminded throughout the year.
- What do I want to accomplish this next year?
In Proverbs 29:18 we read, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained (perish – KJV), But happy is he who keeps the law.” (NAS)
If you don’t have a vision/goal for what you want to achieve in this coming year your time will be quickly lost as you utilize your energy and resources for things that perish. Happy is he who keeps his eye on the goal and completes the task. The rewards are worth the effort. God wants you to do much and will give you a vision for what you can do and become if you ask.
- Do I reveal Jesus in my daily life?
In Ephesians 5:1-2, Paul calls us to “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (NIV) We should reveal Jesus in all aspects of our daily life. As followers of Jesus, we look to his life to gain insights on our decisions and interactions. We must be careful to not give intellectual assent to the truth of the gospel without demonstrating true spiritual transformation. Others are looking at your life and following your example. That is why Paul says, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NAS)
Lawrence W. Wilson asked these questions of pastors, but they are for all who believe in Christ Jesus. I pray we have the courage to ask these questions weekly as we follow Jesus together at Wayland in 2015.
May God bless each of you in 2015 as you walk with Jesus,
Director of Church Services / Assistant Professor of Religion / Assistant Director of Ministry Guidance
The Season of Advent began Sunday, November 30. With candles, greenery, songs, psalms, and decorations churches began celebrating the birth of Jesus as foretold by prophets of old like Isaiah in chapter 9 of the book that bears his name.
2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” – Gen. George S. Patton
As Joshua prepared to lead the Hebrews into Canaan the Lord’s words were ones of courage and assurance.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged,
for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
Today the nation honors our military personnel for their service and sacrifice, for their conduct and courage, for their duty and defense. We remember those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom as we salute those presently serving. We give thanks also for the families who stood beside, stayed behind, and said goodbye, acknowledging their sacrifices and service as well. May we honor them each day by utilizing the freedom they secure to better serve God and humankind. This is a continuing role of Wayland’s mission. Continue reading
In his inaugural address on March 5, 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes, the nineteenth president of the United States (1877-1881), stated the following:
“Looking for the guidance of that Divine Hand by which the destines of nations and individuals are shaped, I call upon you, Senators, Representatives, judges, fellow citizens, here and everywhere, to unite with me in an earnest effort to secure to our country the blessings, not only of material property, but of justice, peace, and union – a union depending not upon the constraint of force but upon the loving devotion of a free people; and that all things may be so ordered and settled upon the best and surest foundations that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations.” Continue reading