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THE GRAPEVINE

                                     

 

JANUARY, 2018

Jim’s Jots

    As I started writing this newsletter, the first thing I had to do was type the month and date. The year 2018 is upon us and I have been with you for two years. Where does the time go? And yet here we are with a new year and with new things on our doorstep.

    Our church is looking at new times and new things. The prospect of a new Pastor is here and could be happening this month. We are praying for God’s will to be done realizing that a new thing is upon us.

    Also, as I write, I have a new health problem in my future and I am trusting that the Lord will do a new thing in me in His grace. I am ok with whatever He decides to do in this new situation.

    So, a New Year is here and it prompted this thought. How long is next year, anyway? 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. A LONG TIME. But I continued my thinking process. How long is it compared to FOREVER? Well, think about this, it has been 736,205 days since 0000 AD. That is 2,017 years!! WOW! And Jesus promised us eternity, forever.

    As 2018 begins, a New Year with many new things is before us.  God in His grace has granted us more time to share His Word and His Gospel; to see more people find the saving grace that Jesus, God’s only Son, purchased for us on an old rugged cross.

    A very famous Poet penned these words to think about.

                              The year is closed, the record made,

                              The last deed done, the last word said,

                              The memory alone remains    

                              Of all its joys, its griefs, its gains,

                              And now with purpose full and clear,

                              We turn to meet another year. Robert Browning (1812-1889)

    In addition, a very wise man gives us this word of instruction; 

    1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:1-2 (NIV)

    Praise the Lord the old year has closed and a new year has begun.     

Pastor Jim

 

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FEBRUARY, 2018

Jim’s Jots

A troubled church was about to install a new pastor.  Prior to the event a prayer meeting was held.  One member stood and prayed, "Lord, give our new pastor wisdom."  Another prayed, "Lord, give our new pastor vision."  Still another prayed, "Lord, give him hope." Finally a practical-minded saint stood and prayed, "Lord, give him a chance!"

            I surely would NOT describe Crainville Baptist as a troubled Church. We have great leadership personnel, a solid organizational structure, good financial structure and financial health, and good facilities for worship and education.

            Never-the-less, we have a new leader, a new Pastor on the scene. He deserves every chance, every bit of support to help us move forward to impact this community with the message that Jesus has given us. To quote our Savior, 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

            Multiplication is God's primary method for adding to the Church. This method doesn’t apply just to the Pastor, it applies to every Christian. One unspayed female dog and her descendants can produce 4,372 puppies in just seven generations, and one unspayed cat and her offspring can produce 80 million kittens in ten years.  This same fundamental concept of multiplication applies directly to the Great Commission. Can you imagine what would happen to the Church if every Christian was a multiplier.

            One of the most successful companies in the fast food industry is Domino's Pizza. It is no surprise that the founder of the company, a Mr. Monaghan, has a clearly defined statement of mission: In Monaghan's own words, "Domino's has a single goal. Its mission: to deliver a high-quality pizza, hot, within 30 minutes at a fair price." Everything they do at Domino's, says Monaghan, is centered on that goal.

   What about the Church? Your Church? Our Church? What is our goal? Is everything centered on the great commission that Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:19-20?

 

Pastor Jim

 

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