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Dear Congregation,

     JAMES 4:14 SAYS THAT "LIFE IS LIKE A VAPOR, IT APPEARS FOR A MOMENT, AND THEN VANISHES". I FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT 2018, IT WAS A WONDERFUL, EXCITING, BLESSED YEAR, BUT WHERE DID IT GO? I CAN WONDER ALL DAY AND ONE THING WILL STILL BE TRUE-WELCOME TO 2019! AS WE START A NEW YEAR, MANY PEOPLE OFTEN START NEW THINGS-A NEW DIET, A NEW JOB, A NEW FAMILY, MANY "NEW" THINGS ARE STARTED, AND THAT IS FINE. BUT, I FIND MY FOCUS IS, USUALLY, ON "GETTING BETTER" AT THE THINGS I AM ALREADY DOING-BEING A BETTER HUSBAND, A BETTER SON, A BETTER PASTOR, A BETTER SERVANT. RATHER THAN MAKING MY OWN LIST OF "NEW THINGS" TO DO AND BE, I LIKE TO LEAVE THAT PROJECT UP TO THE LORD. AFTER ALL, MATT 6:33 SAYS "SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU". IT SOUNDS LIKE, TO ME, THAT GOD WANTS TO DO THE "ADDING", AND HE WANTS US TO, SIMPLY, HANDLE THE "DOING". I LIKE THAT GAMEPLAN, MORE CHANCE OF SUCCESS AND BLESSING WHEN WE LET HIM "PLAN THE MEAL" AND WE MAKE SURE THE "SILVERWARE IS CLEAN". HAPPY NEW YEAR, FIRST CHURCH OF LIMA! LET'S SPEND 2019 SHARPENING UP OUR GIFTS AND TALENTS, THAT WE MIGHT BE PREPARED FOR THIS PROMISE FROM OUR HEAVENLY FATHER: "SHOW YOURSELVES FAITHFUL IN THE LITTLE THINGS, AND I WILL GIVE YOU MUCH!"

SELAH
Pastor Gary