IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are all standing at the beginning of another New Year… 2017  front of us.

No doubt, like me, you’ll have put the “known dates” into your new diary and on your calendar. Wedding day dates, dental appointments, special birthdays, MOT test dates….the list goes on and on.

Of course the New Year brings with it excitement – new opportunities. Next Sunday morning Becca shares details of Children’s and Youth Developments!!!!

Throughout the coming year opportunities will present themselves. The new preaching series that I will be sharing is entitled…..

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is the challenge that I bring to us this 1st day of 2017…..that we declare, right here, right now….

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In our Christmas and New Year newsletter we placed a card (some copies are still available in the foyer please feel free to take them!) This is a photo taken at Loch Lomond and printed with the text Galatians 5 v 6b.

What is important is Faith expressing itself in love!

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul tells us what is important…faith expressing itself in love!

“Without Faith it is impossible to please God”

“anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” Hebrew 11 v 6

When we choose to please God….  that means living our lives out   **In Faith, By Faith, With Faith**  In the Living God! Obedience is better than sacrifice.

I was challenged by that well known supplier of Journals – T.K. Max – and the statement on the one I brought to sit on my desk and declare to me daily… “Don’t put your pen in someone else’s pocket!”

Lets write our “own story” in the presence of Jesus!

Psalm 45 v 1 “My heart is stirred by a noble theme, as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.”

Jesus says to each of us, “Come Follow Me” Not that he tells to play catch up going ahead of us BUT that He dwells in us by The Spirit and that we can hear His voice saying, “this way…”

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let’s write our “own story” using our unique giftedness for Jesus!

Many years ago we sang a chorus declaring the words “I want to serve the purpose of God in my generation!”

Each generation that we represent needs to hear about God’s Eternal Purpose. We are uniquely gifted and placed to serve our generation – the last one can’t – the future one can’t – only we can serve the Purpose of God in our own generation. Stir up the gift that is within you!

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul says to Timothy (and us today) “Do not neglect Your Gift!” 1 Timothy 4 v  14 “Fan into flame the Gift of God” 2 Timothy 1 v 6 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord”

Let’s write our own story fulfilling our unique destiny from Jesus. Doing the things Father in Heaven is doing, saying the words Father in heaven is saying…..

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Faith expressing itself in agape (Agape (Ancient Greek) is “love: the highest form of love, charity; the love of God for man and of man for God.”))

This is the only way to write our own story, fulfilling our unique destiny from Jesus. To take acts of random kindness and wrap them up in agape as we give them to heavenly Father as our Worship to Him in 2017.

let 2017 be…..ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Always remembering what is important is Faith expressing itself in Love!