January Newsletter

By Metro East on January 1st, 2019


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PASTOR UPDATE FROM CHARLIE

A Reflection on Psalm 116

In a few short days millions of Americans will set New Years Resolutions. The most common of them being to lose weight, eat healthier, and save more money. The New Year serves a reset for many of us as we look to the future of what we want to become, do or even experience.

While I have no issue with New Years Resolutions I would argue that there is a more helpful way, a biblical way, to growth and improvement. And it begins not by looking forward to the future, but by remembering the past. Psalm 116 begins with King David recalling all the ways the Lord has provided for him. This moves to him declare his love for The Lord because of this past provision. It is not simply gratitude that David feels because of what has transpired in his life, but a faith for the future. As he says,
 

“Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:2

David had faith in the Lord that his prayers would be answered and that he could trust him with the big things in his life. That is not to say David’s life was easy, or that the Lord only blessed him in the ways that we would hope for or expect from a man who has stated, “I love the Lord” Actually David has had a pretty hard year.
 

The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;I suffered distress and anguish.”

“I believed even when I spoke:I am greatly afflicted;I said in my alarm,All mankind are liars”
Psalm 116:3 and 11


 

Death, betrayal, illness, and deceit were seemingly all around David. It was likely not the year he had hoped for; kings usually received better treatment than that. Yet if you skip head the Psalm ends with David praising the Lord. It’s a strange contrast, David writes about his suffering throughout a Psalm that is bookended by “I love the Lord” and “Praise the Lord.” So what happened?

I think the turning the point occurs in verses 12-14. David, in the midst of his hardship and difficult year, stops and recalls all that the Lord has done for him. This leads David to the only logical conclusion, to ask for The Lord to do even more.

“I will lift up the cup of my salvation and call on the name of my the Lord.” Psalm 116:13
 

So the lesson we learn is that whether this has been the hardest year of your life or one of the most enjoyable, we can be thankful in both because the Lord is unchanging and has been faithful no matter the circumstances. It also should lead us to pause and reflect (I’d even write it down so you’ll remember for years to come) how the Lord has provided for you this year. And as you do that, let it lead your heart to love, praise, and trust in the Lord and ask to do more. Why? The Father delights you and wants to fill your cup over and over again.

Wishing you a happy New Year,
Pastor Charlie

 
UPCOMING EVENTS & NEWS
If you’ve been with us for a few weeks, months, or even longer but would identify as feeling “new” to The Journey, you are welcome to join us at our next Newcomer Lunch on Sunday, January 6, after the 11 a.m. service.  
REGISTER
Sunday, January 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join us for our all-church prayer in January! This is an informal event where we pray for personal, church, and global things going on in the world around us. Kids are welcome to participate! 

 

Our mission is to partner with your family to help your children love God more today than they did yesterday, be discipled in the love and truth of Jesus, and to trust Jesus with their today, tomorrow, and eternity.

We are passionate about walking alongside your family and believe that everyone needs a safe place to belong where they can discover more about the hope that Jesus offers. Join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

 
January Song of the Month - People and Songs Psalm 23
 

Save the Date! 

We will have a Journey Kids Training on January 26th more details to come! 

 

 

THANK YOU! 

The Restore Network welcomed over 200 people to the church last month for our annual Foster Family Christmas Party. It was a wonderful night! Thank you to all the Journey attenders who donated wrapping paper, baked yummy desserts, or helped serve at the party. We are grateful for your partnership to bring hope and healing to foster children in St. Clair County.

- Ashley Bennett, Restore Network County Director

 
Please know that what happens in this church is because God works through your gifts, and your generosity. Would you pray about going above and beyond your regular giving and give a generous year-end gift to The Journey?
GIVE TODAY
 
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