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Pastor's Column

  Let's live this year for Jesus

  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:17)

  How many of the resolutions that you made for the new year have you been able to stick with? May I suggest that you incorporate this thought from St. Paul into your list – and do your best to keep it?

  Can you imagine what a profound impact there would be on our lives if whatever we did, we did it in the name of Jesus? Can you imagine what a profound impact we would have on the lives of others, if whatever we did, we did it in the name of Jesus?

  Think of it: beginning each day in Jesus' name, ending each day in Jesus' name, and living every minute in between in Jesus' name.

  What exactly would that mean? For one thing, it would mean that every minute of our lives would be filled with joy and peace at the remembrance of Jesus' love. When we undertook any endeavor, we would know that Jesus was there to offer His help and support. When we prayed, we would know that God eagerly listened to what we said. What a joy to live every moment in Jesus' name!

  What a challenge, also. To live each moment in Jesus' name would also mean that before we did, said, or thought anything, we would consider how Jesus would react to it. Can you imagine verbally cutting down someone in Jesus' name? Can you imagine using filthy language in Jesus' name? Cheating in Jesus' name? Needlessly hurting someone in Jesus' name? You and I would have to change a lot, if we wanted to do everything in Jesus' name, wouldn't we?

  Well, the new year is an opportunity for change and the love of Christ gives us the power to change. How about it? Let's live this year for Jesus.





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