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The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.
G. K. Chesterton

 
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Stewardship Thoughts

January 2018

Let the New Year Begin

Somehow a New Year seems to bring revitalization. We take a deep breath, forgetting all that went wrong in the old year, and start fresh. For the Christian, this revitalization takes place daily as we remember our Baptisms, for God “has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Empowered by this knowledge, let us use each day for his glory.

Prayer: Lord, in this New Year, grant me strength to put you first. Help me to seek you and your righteousness. Thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus, who came to live and die on the Cross so that I may live as a forgiven person who will spend life eternal with you. In your precious name I pray. Amen.

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Going Forward

The old year is past, gone forever. No one can go back in time. No one can do what he should have done or undo what he shouldn’t have done. All of us have regrets, and the Apostle Paul was no exception. He offers us a new perspective, though. He writes, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Then he adds this counsel: “All of us who are mature should take such a view of things” (Philippians 3:13b-15).

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, you have called me to run the race toward the goal of winning the eternal prize of life eternal with you. I know I fall short of your standards. With a repentant heart, I can do nothing but plead for forgiveness that you extend to me through the blood of your Son. Thank you for your forgiveness and for continuing your work of sanctification in me. Through Christ I pray. Amen.

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We Are Lights in a Dark World

We are new creatures in Christ, the Apostle Paul declares (2 Corinthians 5:17)! As such, we no longer view ourselves or others the way we once did. We have a new role; we are ambassadors for Christ, “as though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20). And those to whom he appeals are the lost for whom Christ has died. What a sober responsibility we have! As stewards of the Gospel that we spread not just with our mouths, but with our actions as well, let us implore God to enable us to be his light in this dark world.   

Prayer: Dear Father in Heaven, I thank you that you have chosen and called me to be your child. Help me to be faithful and obedient wanting to honor you with my thoughts and actions. Use me, Lord, as your light to a dark and sinful world. Thank you for your saving grace given to me and all people through your Son on the Cross. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen 

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Love One Another

“I am writing you a new command,” the Apostle John told his readers (1 John 2:8). That command is to love others as we have been loved. “Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another,” he repeated in 1 John 4:11. God didn’t just say he loved us. “This is how we know what love us: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” (1 John 3:16). What are you willing to sacrifice in order to bring the message of God’s saving grace to others? 

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, you loved me so much that you sent your Son to earth to became a man and ultimately suffer and die on the Cross for my sins. Help me to show my gratitude for who you are and what you did for me by living a life that gives you praise and glory. Help me to have a loving and giving heart. Thank you for enabling me to love others. In your precious name I pray. Amen.


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Giving Is an Act of Worship

A little boy was fidgeting in church one Sunday morning during the pastor’s sermon. Finally, he leaned over to his mother and asked, “Mom, if we give the money now, do you think he’ll let us go?” If this boy expresses our idea of stewardship, we are missing the true meaning, purpose, and joy that are associated with giving. Our giving should express our thankfulness for who God is and what he does for us. Through our giving, we worship and honor our heavenly Father. We give not because God needs our gifts, but because we have a need to give. God in his sovereignty chooses to bless us as we give (Acts 20:35).

Prayer: Good and gracious heavenly Father, we thank you for all of your wonderful gifts especially the most indescribable gift, the gift of your Son. Help us to show our gratitude by granting us loving and giving hearts. May all that we do give you honor and glory. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

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