Dear Hope Family,
Happy New Year!
What a Christmas season we had!
As we enter 2019, we leave behind 2018 with so much with our personal journey and as a church family; some of the moments, experiences, memories, and perhaps even human relationships we carry forward, some we leave behind. Of course, many seek this New Year as an opportunity for a new start by making resolutions, often adding a new commitment with the intention and great effort of seeing it through.
However, before we take on new resolutions and commitment, we must also cleanse ourselves of the old habits, old sinning ways, and the old ‘ball and chains’ that weigh us down and prevent us from moving forward.
17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”~~ Matthew 9:17 New International Version (NIV)
In moving forward with 2019, what old ways would you leave behind? What would you put on for self-betterment, a renewal, and to be a better disciple in Jesus Christ?
As our Methodist founding father, John Wesley said, “onto perfection!”
May you have a new year filled with all the peace and blessings that can only come through Jesus Christ!
Yours in Christ’s Service,