If you have been to a contest where we hold cook’s church, or you keep up with me on a daily basis on Facebook and Twitter, you’ll know that my emphasis is for all of us to get into God’s word everyday. Reading the bible allows God to reveal His character, His Love, and His desire for our lives with Him. Jesus never goes out of style and the Bible is the greatest book ever written. In it, you learn about Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. Jesus is still a head-liner in our society during this season as much as Satan wants our focus off of Him and onto sin and “stuff”.
As for me, this new year brings more opportunities to serve Jesus…how, when, what and where are up to Him. I’ll keep close to God everyday and stay encouraged and energized by His love for all of us. These words, and many more, directly from God, give me hope, keep me calm, and keep me focused on what really matters…. All Year LONG!
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!" [Rom 10:9-15 NKJV]
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. ... 9 [Let] love [be] without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 [Be] kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but [rather] give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance [is] Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. 20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. [Rom 12:2, 9-21 NKJV]
-- Jeff Petkevicius
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