To provide resources and train church members to unite their efforts with the pastor and church officers in the final proclamation of the gospel of salvation in Christ
Enlist every member in active soul-winning service for God
Personal Ministries’ Corner:
December 29 - January 11
Four Lessons Learned On Your Journey
“Call to me and I will…tell you…things you do not know.” Jer 33:3 NIV
Third, you learn the secret of prayer. Do you feel lost in unfamiliar territory, uncertain as to what your next move should be? God uses such times to get your attention, call you back to Himself and encourage you to lean on Him, your unfailing source of strength and wisdom. Stop trying to figure everything out by yourself! God says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you…things you do not know.” Take your problem to the Lord and ask Him for a solution; He won’t disappoint you. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (Jas 5:16 NIV). Fourth, you learn the power of patience. When the Holy Spirit gives you direction and puts a goal or dream in your heart, it’s easy to be quick on the trigger and want it to happen overnight. Timing is crucial. And it’s under God’s control, not yours! Waiting for God’s timing isn’t wasting time, it’s essential in developing two qualities you need—faith and hope. “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” (Ro 8:25 NIV). While you are learning patience, God is at work arranging things on your behalf, and also producing Christlike qualities in you. The Psalmist said that his hope was in God. What’s your hope in? Good luck? The economy? The doctor’s prognosis? As long as your hope is in anything other than God’s unfailing love and goodness, you’ll wrestle with uncertainty. What’s the answer? “Their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord” (Ps 112:7 NIV).
December 22 - 28
God Is Working Out His Plan For You
“I make known the end from the beginning.”
You are not a mistake your parents made in the heat of passion. What your parents did may have been illegitimate, but you are not. You may wonder: “God, is it possible that You have a reason for my conception? Am I called to do something great in life? Is there something so unique to my personality, so connected to my life experiences, so relative to my sphere of influence, so dependent upon my color and culture, so necessary to my needs and shortcomings that nobody can do it exactly the way You want it done but me?” Yes.
God says, “’I make known the end from the beginning… My purpose will stand.’” You are going to succeed because God has already determined your destiny. Before God establishes the procedure, He decides the purpose. When a builder is confused he refers back to the blueprint and checks with the architect. God is the architect and builder of your life. He never gets confused about what He’s planned or how it’s to be built. When He builds something, it’s built for maximum efficiency and optimal performance. We think, “Lord, why are You holding me back while others get to go forward? Why is it taking so long for my breakthrough to come?” God responds, “What does the blueprint say?” God is building a solid foundation under you so that you’ll be able to handle the pressures that accompany His blessing, and go through the storms of life without being moved or shaken. Anything that’s made well is made slowly. Anything that’s worth having is worth fighting for.