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Pastor’s Newsletter Article

This is the latest of the articles Pastor Richert writes for the monthly church newsletter.

New Year — New You?

The beginning of a new year always seems to be a good time to refocus our lives on what our top priorities should be. It’s like the new year gives us a chance at a fresh start.

But we all know that just because the calendar changes from 2017 to 2018, it does not mean that we change. We carry into the next year the same habits and routines and priorities that we had in the past year. Change only takes place when we make deliberate choices to do things differently. And the only way we will make lasting changes is if we are convinced that the changes will make our lives better.

Jesus’ words in Matt. 6:33 give us the greatest assurance that choosing to do things God’s way is the best thing for us. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” What are the “all things” Jesus was referring to? All the material things we look to for comfort and happiness and pleasure in life. Jesus promises us that we will have everything we need if we will put God first in our lives and live for Him.

As we begin 2018 let’s take Jesus at His word. Let’s choose to please God in everything we do and see how He will make our lives so much better. We will become new people this new year.

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