January 7, 2001
Volume 11, Number 01

A New Year

The new year ahead of us will be, in some ways, like every other year that has ever been. It will repeat cycles that are centuries old. There will be the ageless round of days and seasons. There will be births and deaths, joy and sorrow. There will be triumphs and defeats, honor and shame. Solomon, the wise, perceived this truth: "That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Let us, resolve to do each day things that tomorrow we will be glad we did yesterday!

But in other ways the new year ahead will be unique, a solitary set of events that have never before taken place and that can never happen again. As long as the world lasts, there will never again be exactly the same combination of circumstances. Never again will we be at precisely this point in our lives. Never again will we be able to see things from exactly the viewpoint we enjoy this year. Doors will open that have been shut, and will never be open again.

Because of the one-time opportunities the next twelve months will bring, the new year will be what we make of it. The Scriptures counsel us to "redeem" the time carefully (Ephesians 5:16). We may joke about "new year’s resolutions," but without resolve the new year will be less than it should be. We ought to rise early and work late, crafting the year’s moments into worthwhile achievements. The unique value of the coming year will be damaged if we fail to act vigorously. This year is ours to do with as we choose.

Sadly, many of life’s greatest deeds are often left undone. Rather than "seizing the day" and proactively doing the good that is within our reach, we presume that there will be plenty of opportunity "later" to take care of these things. Through simple neglect and the mere postponement of effort, we let months and years slip by unused. The result is that our lives are unimproved. Solomon said, "Because of laziness the building decays, and through idleness of hands the house leaks" (Ecclesiastes 10:18). If you’re like me, your life’s "house" is leakier than it should be, given the time you’ve had to work on it.

Looking at the opportunities we failed to make use of in past years, we often wish we had been more decisive and more consistently exercised our will in the direction of good. For most of us, regret is an all-too-real component of our emotional life. And of course, the reason why that is so is that we have failed to discipline ourselves. As someone has said, there is no alternative: either we will live with the pain of self-discipline or we will live with the pain of regret. But acting wisely in the present can best diminish the pain of regret. During the New Year, we will again be presented with daily opportunities to use ourselves actively for God’s purposes. What will we do with those opportunities? Let us, resolve to do each day things that tomorrow we will be glad we did yesterday! I hope you will join in this resolve.

We ought to keep in mind, however, that the true value of the New Year consists in what God will make of it, and not we ourselves. Ultimately, we are able to speak and act for good only because of the graciousness of God. Honor for the New Year’s accomplishments should be His. To Christians, Peter wrote,

"As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen" (1 Peter 4:10-11).

A year is not much time, really. Before we are ready, it will be this time next year. When that time has come, what will be our memories of this year? May each of us put first things first all through this year. When the next twelve months have come and gone, may we have grown, with God’s help, toward Him in many ways. May we walk with Him, and live for Him each and every day!

Selected for the New Year

Sunday Bible Study
“Attitudes Need in Congregational Work”
(Colossians 1:9-10).

God promises a safe landing - but not always a calm passage.

"The New Year gives one a chance to look backward and forward
to reset one's self by an inner compass."

Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.
Psalm 119:11

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Remember in Prayers:

Pansy McCord - Stephanie Bennett - Jim & Betty Dougan - Viola Morinier

Cathy Jenson - Florence Treece - Naomi Morton - Virginia Law

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Richard Treece - Leslie Johnson - Lillian Comiskey

B.C. Carr - Leo & Dorothy Lednik - Mary Kaupila

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Fellowship Meal : This Sunday, January 6, at noon. Why not start this 1st Sunday in 2001by staying and enjoying this meal with us. We hope you will.

Sunday Adult Bible Class: "Attitudes Needed in Congregational Work" (10:00 am) This Sunday: Our Attitude Toward Others.

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapters 35-36. (6:30 PM)

We want to extend our deepest sympathy to sister Annette Tiller and her family at the lost of her mother this past week. Cards can be sent to:

Annette Tiller
2248 Pineland Drive
Englewood, FL 34223

Ladies Day: February 3, 2000. Guest speaker will be Rhonda Thompson from Montgomery, Alabama.

Sunday’s Lessons:

Resolutions (2 Chronicles 30:5)

Elijah (I Kings 16:29-17:1)

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Jim Dougan

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Delbert Leavens



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

Charlie White


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Kerry Keathley


Delbert Leavens

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Mike Weber



$ 1871.00
Dale Schwartz
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Carl Rigney
David Coffman
Weekly Average (yr):

Kerry Keathley

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