2020 - Happy New Year We are not only welcoming a New Year; we are welcoming a New Decade. We are living in uncertain times, but God knows all our tomorrows. He knows what is going to happen and what we will need. His grace is sufficient for all our needs. It can be called Future Grace: meaning all the promises of God are true today and will always be true.
Congratulations! We raised our goal for the Lottie Moon International Mission Board Christmas Offering this year and you responded. We have met and exceeded our goal. It is so critical we give all that we can to International Missions at this time. The question is now being asked, “Are we going to be the generation that takes the Gospel to the whole world?” Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Big Year for Runyan First Baptist Church As I pray about and consider our church, one thing has become clear; We must change in order to grow. The things we are doing now are not reaching the lost and are not appealing to those Christians around us that might join us to minister along side of us. We have seen some positive things occur and we rejoice in those. Certainly, the Lord is calling us to prayerfully examine our hearts to see if there is anything in our own lives to keep the Lord from blessing us. Our fellowship has remained strong and loving during this time of little response to our efforts. I am so thankful to God for that strong bond of love and unity.
Prayer is not only a good idea for us currently – it is essential. We will be considering various ways, times, and places to pray in January. We will start off the year with a Prayer Service. The Lord’s Supper will be a part of this service. It will give us a wonderful opportunity to call out to the Lord for His help and to rededicate our hearts afresh as we start this New Year. I want to hear from you. If the Lord says something to you in your prayer time about our church and its ministry, let me know. The Spirit of the Lord wants to move in our midst in a great way. He will do it if we prepare our hearts for him.
Little Pantry Food Drive – Well Done!! You have done a super job in supplying extra food for the Little Pantry. We have a good supply that will help us keep the pantry stocked for the coming month. We receive notes of appreciation from those who are receiving food through the Little Pantry. Let us stay strong and continue to supply this ministry into 2020.
Thank You Kathy and I thank you for your generosity and love over the Christmas season and all through the year. We appreciate so much the kindnesses you have shown us. The cards, the gifts, the Christmas financial gift touched our hearts and we are grateful.
Verse of the Year 2020 The Lord has been speaking to me about this verse - Galatians 2:20.“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” I propose that it become our theme verse for the year - That it will drive our thoughts, actions and prayers - That we will evaluate everything we do by it and hold those actions up to the mirror of this verse. What exciting days are ahead for us! I love being your pastor. Scott