How We Start The Year

2015After this Sunday, we will have three days to complete the year 2014, three days to prepare ourselves to start a new year. Follow the example of Jesus and put to death all the things you don’t need to do anymore. “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4: 28 – 29)

Bury the old and put on Jesus Christ. How do we do this? Do like the young man who used to visit our home when the children were in high school. He had a foul mouth and he wasn’t allowed to use bad language in our home; so, before he came up the driveway he would swipe his mouth with his hands, act as if he was coughing up all of his bad words, and shove them into our mailbox at the end of the driveway. We tried to talk him out of picking them back up when he left but that took a while. You have three days to throw the bitter words out with the trash, delete the pornography from your computer, pour the booze down the drain, excuse yourself and flush all of your sorry attitudes down the toilet.

The apostle Paul says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4: 30 – 32)

Three days and a new year begins. In three days, make sure God is raising you to a new life in 2015! In three days, give yourself to follow God, be filled with His Spirit, and walk in His love.

Don’t forget to read John 1: 1 – 14 to get ready for January 4th and keep up with what we are doing at Laurel Hill UMC with the January Newsletter and Calendar.

About laurelhillumc

Laurel Hill United Methodist Church is rich in history as a church family committed to a life in Christ. We began in the heart of Varina almost 150 years ago; the church has grown through its existence as a church-hospital in the Civil War, as a circuit church, and survived a disastrous fire which destroyed the sanctuary about 50 years ago. Then, dedicated, Spirit-filled Christians worked hard together to build a new sanctuary. That hard work has continued with many new improvements including a new addition connecting the sanctuary and educational building, the installation of an elevator providing total accessibility throughout both buildings, remodeling the education building and the installation of 18 stained glass windows. Faithful clergy and laity ministering together have established a legacy of dedication and service which enables Laurel Hill to be a beacon of light in our community, in our world and to all who follow for generations to come. In response to the needs of the Varina community, Laurel Hill United Methodist Church also operates the Laurel Hill Weekday School. These programs are an active part of the life and ministry of Laurel Hill UMC. We accept the opportunity through our morning Preschool and After School child care to share our values of love, caring, cooperation and forgiveness. The Church and child care programs work together to enhance the spiritual, mental and physical growth of children in our community. Our worship services are held each Sunday with a contemporary service at 8:45am and a traditional service at 11:00am. Sunday School begins at 9:45am. Call our office (804) 795-2772 for Bible Study times and other ministry opportunities.
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