Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:15

January 2017

Message from the Pastor

Dear Friends:

It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord. The reason being God has been very good to us throughout the past year and has now given us something special: a brand new year. A new year is a gift of time to do some wonderful things. Whatever we choose to do with this wonderful time is up to us. For some of us, we have to resolve to do better: to be better husbands, better wives, better fathers, better role models, better parents, better stewards and so on and so forth. For some of us, we will resolve to have a better lifestyle: plan good healthy habits like eating well, exercising and having an overall balanced life.

For some, we will resolve to have a closer relationship with God and improve our spiritual life. For example, we may resolve to pray more, attend church regularly and be involved in what God is doing in our world.

The most important thing for all of us is to resolve to make this new year better than the past years. How are we going to live our lives with this new gift that God has given to us? The answer is God is the One who holds the future. In Jeremiah 31:17 the Bible says, “ ‘There is hope for your future,’ says the Lord.”

I would like to thank all of you for your prayers and financial support this past year. Your support allowed us to continue sharing the love of Christ with people far and near. I want to thank all of you for helping us do our part of the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ here in Mt. Pocono.

So, as the Lord has blessed us with another spanking new year, let us get excited about the new possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead. We will continue to need your support, time, talent, and treasures to make the most of this new year.

As Children of God, let us resolve to respond to what God is calling us to do. We should buckle up and enjoy the ride with the Lord in this new year. Every new year is an opportunity to start over so let me share a few new year resolutions that seem to work for me:

  1. Don’t sweat the little stuff: Keep the Essentials essential and the Non-Essentials non-essential.
  2. Spend more time with cheerful people: The Grouches will pull you down.
  3. Keep learning: Learn more about God, nature, gardening, computers. Read some good books, including the all-time best seller, the Bible. The bottom line is to keep your brain busy.
  4. Enjoy the simple things in life: Food, music, fresh air, nature, the seasons, the beach, good movies, etc.
  5. Cry out: Grieve when you have to, for your tears cleanse your soul; after that, move on.
  6. Laugh often, laugh long and loud, laugh at yourself. It is good medicine for your body.
  7. Have company: Spend time with your family, friends, and pets.
  8. Have some solitary time as well: It is good to ponder and reflect alone from time to time.
  9. Live a healthy life: If your health is good, keep working on it. If it is not where it needs to be, work on improving it. Cherish your health. It is your wealth.
  10. Don’t take guilt trips: Take that vacation, go to the mall, the next state, the next country, take the next trip but not a guilt trip.
  11. Say I love you to your loved ones at every opportunity: Those are the best words we all need to hear, especially family, children, friends, relatives and all those we love. God is love and God wants us to share His love.
  12. Above all, put God first: When you do, everything else will fall into place.

I pray and hope that this new year of 2017 would be a great year for all of us as we focus on God. May you have a Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2017!

Love and Peace
Pastor Kofi Ashley


Song of the Week

Because He Lives

United Methodist Hymnal #364

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