Well, it’s over! Christmas week has come and gone. Did you survive? Shew! I hope your Christmas was good!
Now we turn our attention to a new year. When you say the word “new” what comes to your mind? Probably something good. A new car, new clothes, new home, new relationship, etc.. How about the newness of a morning. I always feel better in the morning as opposed to night!
One of the most often quoted scriptures of the Bible is 2 Corinthians 5: 17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
What does that mean? “We are a new creation, olds things have passed away, all things are new!?” Really! That’s a huge statement. Can anything that big really be backed up and true?
Any Christian will give you the testimony that this promise certainly is true. The mercy and forgiveness of Jesus changed our heart, our attitude, our desire. Because of these changes in our heart our future changed. Things began to get better. Self-respect was restored, in ourself and from others. We got and kept a job. Our character changed, we became a good parent/child, employer/employee, neighbor, or friend. We became trustworthy. We tell the truth. Our whole future changed, it was a “new” day.
Never doubt the truth of God’s Word, of what he can do in your life. He has done it for millions of others, and he will do it for you. Believe. Have faith. Be obedient. Watch what happens!
-Pastor Jeff Carico
We know the story of Christmas very well, but have you ever asked the question “what happened next”? All the miraculous signs of Jesus’ birth, wow, then what? Is that the end of the story? Actually, it’s not an ending at all, it’s a beginning! Next came the journey of Jesus’ life.
Just like Jesus we are also in the journey of life. Our journey has taken us to the spot we are standing in at this moment. We can’t change that, but what about our future. What’s going to shape our future?
My sermon for Sunday, December 26 will be “Evaluations, Goals, Positives & Negatives, and a Plan”. I can promise you that your past does not have to dominate your future! God has a plan, His plan, for your life! You can live that plan if you will seek and serve Jesus. It will happen. Nothing can or will stop it. Nothing. It’s yours if you really want it!
I’ll see you Sunday morning at 10:00 AM. It’s going to be good, because God is good!
-Pastor Jeff Carico
Wednesday evening we will observe our Annual Christmas Communion Service at 7:00 PM. This is a very special evening. It reminds us of why Jesus was born and came to earth. His birth was intentional, well planned and designed. His explicit purpose in life was to die on Calvary’s cross. Everything was designed with that goal in mind. His birth, his life, his ministry, everything!
Pastor Jeff Carico
Pastor Carico is the Lead Pastor of First Assembly.