January 1, 2013 – Volume 9 – Issue 1
1. Pastor’s Thoughts:
Well, here it is January 1st and the world didn’t end. I must confess that I was a little hopeful that perhaps we might get to participate in the Rapture, but it wasn’t God’s time schedule it was the Mayans and some others—human beings! Isaiah reminds us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9)
So, we must tighten down the hatches and face 2013 with optimism, faith and hope in God! My wife has declared several times of her intense dislike of the theology of the song, “He Never Has Failed Me Yet!” She said this song title almost gives one the thought that perhaps “He” might sometime fail me! Read how the KJV states Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee! I think this verse tells us we don’t “ever” have to worry about Him failing us! I don’t think it can be put any clearer, do you?
Well, 2013 is upon us! What will you do different than you did in 2012? May I offer some thoughts? How about:
a. Make this the year you make a commitment to read the Word of God daily and read through the Bible in a year.
b. If you haven’t been regular in paying God your tithe, make a commitment that you are going to put your total trust in Him and tithe 10% of your gross income to God!
c. Make 2013 the year that you made a decision to strengthen your prayer time. Get to know God as you never have done. Schedule a daily appointment with Him.
d. Be in church every time the doors are opened unless you are providentially hindered. (Now that doesn’t mean, if you are so tired because you stayed up late Saturday night watching a movie, and just can’t pull yourself out of bed.)
e. Make 2013 the year that you begin inviting people to come to your church
f. Make a decision that in 2013 you will share your faith with at least one person!
g. Ed Stetzer of Life Way made a study on “church people” and here is what the results were:
(1) The study conducted by Life Way Research found 80 percent of those who attend church one or more times a month, believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith, but 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months.
(2) These distressing results came from an extensive discipleship research project focused on measuring spiritual maturity in individuals. Overall, Life Way Research found eight biblical attributes consistently evident in the lives of maturing believers. Of those eight, “Sharing Christ” has the lowest average score among Protestant church attendees.
Some highlights from the research:
3 out of 4 churchgoers say they feel comfortable in their ability to effectively communicate the gospel
12% say they don’t feel comfortable telling others about their faith.
25% of churchgoers say they have shared their faith once or twice; 14% have shared three or more times over the last six months.
Nearly half (48%) of church attendees have not invited an unchurched person to attend a church service or some other program at their church in the past six months
33% of people say they’ve personally invited someone one or two times, and 19% say they’ve done so on three or more occasions in the last six months.
21% of churchgoers say that outside of church worship services they pray every day for people they know who are not professing Christians; 26% say they pray a few times a week; 20% say they rarely or never pray for the spiritual status of others.
h. Where do you fit in the above statistics?
i. Why not make 2013 the year that you share your faith with all of your children and grandchildren.
(1) Isn’t it amazing how much we scrimp and save to help our children get a college education so they can be better prepared to live to the age of 70-80?
(2) But isn’t it sad, that we don’t think it is important enough to help prepare our children and grandchildren to live for eternity?
(3) Do you realize that the more Christians we turn lose on our world, the better the potential for God to work?
(4) I had someone tell me that they and their grandchild were putting up the Christmas tree and the true story of Christmas was told to the child who went home and told mommy about the true story of Christmas. The mother sent a message to the grandparent that she didn’t want them teaching her child their religion! I thought, “How sad!”
(5) I believe that America has been blessed like no other nation, and it is because of our love and devotion to God! But today we treat God as if He were a “cosmic bell boy!” We only call on him when we get ourselves in such a mess that we cannot get out of it.
(6) Why is it, I wonder, that we tell God He is not allowed in our schools, our cities and our governments, but when a tragedy occurs, we cry out, “Where was God? Why did He let this happen!
(7) When will the end occur? Jesus said, “As it was in the day of Noah: (Matt. 24:37)
(8) What was occurring in those days? Genesis 6:5 spells it out for us: “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.”
(9) That pretty well sums up, us today, doesn’t it?
j. Let’s covenant together to make a difference in 2013.
2. Something to Think About:
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called “Opportunity” and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. Edith L. Pierce
Don’t be afraid to show your emotions laughing and crying make you feel better
Love your friends and family with your entire being they are the most important part of your life
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks you heart, forgive them. For they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to who you open your heart to.
If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.
Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.
3. Take Time for a Smile:
New Year’s Day Prayer for One and All
So far this year I’ve done well.
I haven’t gossiped I haven’t lost my temper; I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I’m very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on I’m probably going to need a lot more help.
That Was a Tough Year
It’s been a tough year, but I’ve made it so far!
But not everyone is as lucky as I am……
New Year’s Day Party – That Never Was?
As in many homes on New Year’s Day, Janet and Nigel, a happily married couple, faced the annual conflict of which was more important: the football match on television, or the lunch itself.
Hoping to keep the peace Nigel ate lunch with the rest of the family, and even lingered for some pleasant after-lunch chat before retiring to the lounge to turn on the television.
Some minutes later, Janet looked in to see how he was and graciously even bought a glass of ice tea for Nigel. She smiled, kissed him on the cheek and asked what the score was. Nigel told her it was half time and that the score was still 0-0. ‘See?’ Janet said happily, ‘You didn’t miss a thing.’
A Bad Dream?
Jemima was taking an afternoon nap on New Year’s Eve before the festivities. After she woke up, she confided to Max, her husband, ‘I just dreamed that you gave me a diamond ring for a New Year’s present. What do you think it all means?’
‘Aha, you’ll know tonight,’ answered Max smiling broadly.
At midnight, as the New Year was chiming, Max approached Jemima and handed her small package. Delighted and excited she opened it quickly. There in her hand rested a book entitled: ‘The meaning of dreams’.
4. Nazarene and related websites:
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene: www.rosehillnazarene.org
South Arkansas District: www.southarkansasdistrict.org
Church of the Nazarene Headquarters: www.nazarene.org
Southern Nazarene University: www.snu.edu\home.asp
Nazarene Blogs: http://blogs.nazarene.org
General Assembly news: http://www.ncnnews.com/nphweb/html/ncn/article.jsp?id=10011496
5. Rose Hill News:
Sunday, January 13th will be a special day as we host “The Needhams in Concert” for our Sixth Straight year. These are a really good Southern Gospel/Blue Grass family group. They have the banjo, mandolin, bass guitar and regular guitars. There is no ticket price, but we will take a free will offering for them. We will follow the concert up with a Rose Hill potluck dinner. Come prepared to hear good singing and then good eating!
January 20-22 will be the South Arkansas District SDMI sponsored Holiness Summit held at Brockington Road Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Louis Bustle is the key speaker at 5:00 pm on Sunday.
On Monday Dr. Russell Branstetter will speak at 10:00am
Dr. Stan Toler from 1:30pm-3:00pm.speaking on “Preaching Holiness in Today’s Culture.”
Dr. Randy Berkner (North Arkansas DS) will also speak on “Helping the Sunday School Teachers Teach Holiness.
”From 3:30-5:00pm Dr. Howie Shute will speak on “Connecting Our Holiness Heritage With Today’s church,”
Dr. Bustle will speak at 7:00pm.
Tuesday: Dr. Howie Shute will open at 10:00am
Dr. Randy Berkner will speak from 1:30-3:00pm.
From 3:30pm-5:00pm there will be a question and answer session.
Dr. Stan Toler will close it out at 7:00pm
If you want to learn more about Holiness, you should do your best to make at least one service.
Men’s prayer breakfast will be January 19th at 8:00am
Rose Hill birthdays include: George Bratton (4th), Collin Pollich (16th) and Kristy Pollich (30)
Rose Hill anniversaries include: Terry & Stefania Baldwin (10th), George & Bonnie Bratton (17th) and Larry & Pam Mattingly 28th)
Please let us know if we missed your birthday or anniversary or have a wrong date.
If you have a prospect for our church, please get the contact information to the Pastor.
Thanks for reading the Rose Hill Herald!
Pastor Steve Comeans
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene
11001 Kanis Road
Little Rock, AR 72211