A Look at Abraham

Sometimes in life, the Lord allows us to experience great moments of success and growth in our Christian faith. Other times, circumstances become much more difficult as we face obstacles that we do not understand. Situations that might seem like setbacks manifest themselves in our lives and we wonder why. It is important to know that God is always good and right. He allows circumstances to enter into our lives to cause us to see Him greater and to grow our faith and dependence upon Him.

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As a church and in my personal study, we've seen how God has called us to serve Him as a disciple. It's easy to come up with excuses and reasons not to serve God as we should. It's also easy to allow our flesh and our own agendas to limit our service to God. The story of the Good Samaritan is a classic passage that is connected at the core to serving God. By loving others and serving them, we love and serve God.

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James 3:5, "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!"

What a great opportunity God has given us today to serve and glorify Him! I pray that our church family will do just that. Let this day be used for His glory, which will always result in our benefit.

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"... But wisdom is justified of her children." (Matthew 11:19).

In Proverbs 4, the writer requests a listening, a hearing, and an application to words that he gives to his son in verses 1-4.

1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

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Happy New Year to you! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas season with your family. Despite how wonderful the Christmas season is, it can also be exhaustingly busy! I trust things in your life are beginning to settle down and get back to normal.

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