Happy New Year! We have all been reminded frequently that we are not only beginning a new year but we are also a new decade. I pray the future holds happiness, health and success for you. However, regardless of our own personal futures, we know Who holds all our future, and therefore know our futures are secure. Further, we know that God loves us infinite ways, crowned by the sending of His Son to bring us back to fellowship with Him. Thus, for those of us that have trusted in Jesus we know on the promise of God’s word to us that we do have a happy and secure year ahead of us. Regardless of our circumstances. I suggest you begin this year not with a list of resolutions for the new year, but with a renewed commitment to Christ. Placing our priority on Jesus, our Savior, gives us all we need for a happy and joyful new year.
December was a very busy month for our church. As always, many folks stepped up to make the special events and worship services a success. Many thanks to all those that worked tirelessly to get these things done in several events; the PMBA Toy Store, Christmas Cantata and Candlelight service, each of the worship services during the month, Hope Kitchen and Heritage outreach. These events took many people who poured out their hearts and gifts to make them work. Our choir performed so well as usual during this time. A special thanks to Pastors AJ and Luke who filled in the pulpit and the myriad of other activities this month during my absence. We are very blessed to have such committed, gifted and Christ-like young men to perform the work of ministry at FBC.
I look forward to restarting our series in Acts on Sunday morning and our Wednesday night Romans study. The passages in Acts are powerfully practical for our church and for us as believers. If you can’t be here every Sunday see David Burroughs for a CD or listen to the messages on our website. Handouts are available in the fellowship for our Wednesday night studies.
On a personal note, I am recovering well from my shoulder surgery. I appreciate the many kindnesses and patience shown during this time. I am getting back to a normal routine and should be driving again in about three weeks. Until then I am back to preaching, teaching Sunday School and Wednesday evening, and am in the office as often as possible. If you need to see me just text or call me and we can easily set up a time to meet.
God Bless You.
Rev. James A. Cohn