January 2020

Greetings again in the name of our marvelous Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ! As I write this, we are days away from the year 2020! In high school, for me, the 21st Century was light years away. “Big Brother” and “1984” were futuristic novels. Now we are starting the third decade in the 21st Century! Funny how some things have changed and others have not. I don’t have a flying car, but I have a pocket size computer that is also my portable phone! One thing that hasn’t changed is making and breaking the New Year’s Resolutions. Someone said “The hope for the New Year depends more on You than the Year.” So, You. What is one thing you would change if you could? Take a moment to ponder it. Here are some observations and advise from Philippians 3:7-16. You may want to skim over this now and come back to read in detail after you read the rest of the newsletter. First, here are four observations about serious change: 1. Permanent change is inward. 2. For permanent change to happen, you need three things: 1) a true dissatisfaction with where you are, 2) an awareness of a better condition, and 3) the knowledge of how to get there. 3. It is crucial that you set a time of declaration. 4. Depend on continual strength and re-enforcement from God. Paul gives us a clue about how to become a new person in Philippians 3:7-16. Verses 7-11 tell us that we must have right priority. Verses 12-14 say that we need a right plan. He offers a three-fold plan: 1) Forget what lies behind. Forget it! That was then. This is now. 2) Strain for the future. Strain is a word we don’t often use, unless it is our backs. It’s a good word. 3) Press on for the goal. Persistence. Perseverance. Perspiration: Also, good words. Finally, verses 15-16 tell us we need the right attitude. So, if you are dissatisfied with where you are, and you know of a better place to be, you now have the knowledge of how to get there. You need to declare your intentions, and FROG (Fully Rely On God). Remember: Right Priority, Right Plan, and Right Attitude. I’d say good luck, but luck has nothing to do with it. Oh, and you may think I was writing about you personally. Well, yes, it applies to you personally, but I am writing to you as in “All you all” in the Glossbrenner body. Are we aware of a better place to be than where we are? Are we dissatisfied with past performances? We have a Biblical plan to get from here to there. I hope we are ready to declare that 2020 is going to be a year that changes things, not for the good, but for the great. All we have to do is our part, then look at God. There’s great potential here. Let’s use it! I remain, … In His Service, Pastor Brian