Grace's Spiritual Leader
Rev. Stephanie Taylor
Secretary - Cheryl Clauson
Custodian & Maintenance - Joe Hoffman
Treasurer - George Louthain
Choir Director- Elizabeth Spees
Bell Choir Director- Judie Batterman
Greetings in Christ,
I don't know about you, but I'm excited about the New Year! The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
Now, I realize, of course, the context of this Scripture applies to the Nation of Israel, yet I do believe that we serve a God who is “the same yesterday, today and forever.”
As we look ahead into the year 2021, there's not a person among us who can be sure of what the future holds. Yet, for those of us who have put our full trust and hope in God, either way, we come out on the winning side! For those of us who know Jesus, we look forward to His return, and while it may sound a bit cliche', we've read the end of the book, and we win!
We must know and understand that God has great things planned for those who love Him and serve Him. We don't need to live in fear, even in those times we may not understand God's ways.
The Bible says in Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV) 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
When Jesus gave these words, it wasn't for people who were living in the “lap of luxury.” These words were for people who were under the oppression of Roman rule. They were often quite concerned about their safety and provisions for their families. Yet, Jesus reminded them to put Him first, and He would take care of them.
God has great things for this Church in 2021! He also has great things for you and your loved ones in 2021! Yet, I believe it is vital that we look forward in faith, not in fear!
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
If God knows the plans, then surely He knows how to lead us in the days ahead! I would encourage you to listen for His “still, small voice” as you navigate the unknown future. His plans for you are good!
May you have a blessed New Year!
Pastor Stephanie J. Taylor