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Happy New Year!


United Riverside ChurchNew Year’s Resolutions

The New Year brings us renewal. Kind of a “do over”. For me, I feel like cleaning out closets, and getting everything in order in my life. A lot of us make New Years resolutions, as losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, stop smoking,  etc, and those new habits never seem to last through the second or third week of January! Although those are the obvious things to renew, we never think of our Christian New Year’s resolutions.

Not many of us make resolutions to honor God, and be a better Christian; to use prayer as a first resort in times of need, instead of a last resort; and to read the Bible throughout.

The Bible

The Bible is the story of everything; it begins with Creation and ends with Eternity. Even though most of us have read excerpts of the Bible, or perhaps read most of the Bible I will be willing to bet most of us don’t truly understand the Bible, including myself. There is no other book as important as the Bible. We don’t hesitate to go for a cookbook if we need to look up a recipe, or to curl up with our favorite novel, but how many of us reach for the Bible?

Family Love

How often are we so caught up with the hustle and bustle of daily life, we forget to embrace the mot important thing in our lives? Let’s face it, without family, where would we be?

Our families are literal gifts from God, and we must cherish those gifts. As we all know, when those gifts are no longer of this world, we spend much time with regret, and that we could have done more but didn’t have the chance. Our families, are foundation of our lives, as if things are upside down at home, nothing is right in the world for us. God created Adam and Eve as the first family, so he must have  attached great importance to the term family, as we all should.

Our Christian New Year’s Resolution

Are we walking the path that is worthy of our Lord? The following passages from the Bible that remind us:

Ephesians 4:1 say: “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”

Colossians 1:10 say: “So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”

1 Thessalonians 2:12 say: “Encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”

Or these passages, the first is a rule I live by:

Ecclesiastes 9:10 say, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.”

Colossians 3:23 and 24 say, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

So this New Years,  if there is any doubt that there is room for improvement in our Christian way of life, (and I’m sure everyone can say there is), it is time for a Christian New Year’s Resolution! Hopefully, its one that we stick with!

Happy New Year!






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