Pikes Peak United Methodist Church
Pikes Peak United Methodist Church
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Come, Love, Grow, Share

 From the Pastor's Pen...

It is always amazing (at least to me) that we’re beginning another new year.  Without a doubt, 2018 was filled with joy AND sorrow, pain AND pleasure.  And the best thing to remember is this:  That God was with us  every step of the way!  Each day God provided grace, love, blessings AND more.   What should we expect in 2019?  I, for one, want to get to January 1, 20 20 and look back and know that expectations have been exceeded.   

 

So, what should we expect of ourselves? What does God expect of us?   Those are challenging questions, but  remember that God exceeds all of our expectations.  

 

Read it yourself:   

“ Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish  abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine...”  Eph 3:20 

 

The truth is, 2019 won’t be any different than the start of any year.   However, new beginnings   can remind us that we have limitations and we  need to trust in God alone.   

 

It is God who knows the future...and   Our beginning and all the moments until our end.  It is appropriate to ask WHO holds the new year in His hands?   Our challenge is this:  How do we look at 2019 and have focus AND faith rather than  fear? How do we keep from being distracted from the path God has planned for us? 

  • Focus
  • Faith
  • Determination
  • Perseverance
  • Commitment 

All these things will keep us near enough to hear; we’ve got to be ready to listen. A.D. 2019 is a lot like A.D. 19 – a year in which Jesus of Nazareth was learning the follow the Word of God in his life.  Jesus learned to trust God, and so can we...so MUST we!   Dear Ones, while our lives are full of the   unexpected, nothing takes our Lord by surprise.  God has everything under control and possesses total knowledge. 

 

So,  whatever happens this year, let’s practice studying God’s word for guidance, praising God in thanksgiving and sharing the marvelous  God we serve at PPUMC and beyond.  We  can expect God’s promises to sustain us. So Happy 2019!  May the Lord bless you and keep you.  And to God be the glory this year and always. I’m blessed to be in ministry  with you at Pikes Peak UMC. 

 

Pastor Dea