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This is God’s gift to you in 2018. Time.

posted Dec 29, 2017, 7:27 PM by Bowmansville UMC

Most, if not all of us, will get to enjoy this gift in its entirety. The question is, what will we do with it? How will you spend the time you are given in 2018? (hint-prayer) Others can guess a lot about us by how we spend our time. For people of Christian faith, the primary question is what God might say about us is by observing how we spend our time? A second question for reflection as we begin the New Year: how do you view time?

Wrap your mind around the incredible gift that time is a gift from God, equally, to each and every person and what a privilege it is to be given as stewardship of this gift!

The Apostle John quotes Jesus as saying, “I came that they may life and have it abundantly (or, “to the full”).” John 10:10.

Yes, when it comes to Jesus’ dream for us, living abundantly in that, Time is included in that statement.

Years later, in a short letter, the Apostle John wrote to a friend in Christ: “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2

John’s words in his gospel and later letter give us insight into God’s desire for our lives: to live abundantly, healthy, and prosperously (this means far more than material prosperity). This takes having a plan and on January 7, we’ll begin looking at an essential element of such a plan for every follower of Christ. PRAYER

One by one, we’ll examine several ingredients of an abundant, healthy, and prosperous life in Christ, through our worship and in discipleship and through prayer in and out of our church building. 

We’ll look at what the Bible, and what various professionals in each field, have to say about how these elements contribute to living well, living faithfully, praying faithfully, and living fruitfully for Christ.

From one of my beloved verses of scripture I share this thought looking ahead, “I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.” Jeremiah 29: 11 (CEB)

Well, this letter began with the title TIME, and I will end with a calendar number that has personal significance for me as time flies by: 21.

I’ll tell you more about this on the 21th of January as I and my good wife Pastor Cheryl return from the Holy Land.

I pray that in 2018 we all prosper and experience good health, even as our souls prosper.

If you agree, invite others to join you on Sunday mornings here at Bowmansville UMC and in prayer/healing services on the first Thursday of every month here at 7:00pm. (Take time to pray in 2018!)

Pastor Jim