12/31/20 DAILY DEVOTION - 

'FORGETTING WHAT LIES BEHIND'

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“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 3:12-14


Today is the last day of the year. Many of us are looking forward to the end of this year. For a lot of reasons this has been a hard year for a lot of people. Today is a day commonly reserved for resolutions for the new year. It is a time for serious reflection of where our life has been, and is, and where we want it to be. Deep down inside we know that our lives are not all doomed to fate. We know that our attitudes and actions have an effect on what direction our life goes. Is there any advice in Scripture on how to go through this process? Read the verse above one more time. 


Paul is describing his process. I believe it is a process we should go through daily, but New Year’s Eve is a great day to start. The first thing Paul admits is that he hasn’t already obtained perfection. We need to understand that God is alright with our flaws. He doesn’t condone our sinfulness. He knows what effect sin has on our lives and that is why He sent His Son into the world to redeem us. It is OK that you are not where you thought you would be at this point in time. None of us is. But here is the most important part! Paul said: “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind …” Brothers and Sisters this is a key thought. Paul was saying that there can be no significant improvement in our lives until we forget what is behind. What he was saying is that we must forgive and forget what lies behind before we can move forward. 


If there is one thing we must do today, it is to go through the process of true repentance. We need to lay our wrongs before the cross of Jesus and find that there they are forgiven and forgotten. God punished Jesus for our sins and today He remembers them no more. If God has forgiven and forgotten our sins, why do we continue to carry them around? All they do is drag us down and make us feel like nothing can change in our lives. Right now, let’s stop for a minute and reflect on the last year. Let’s give up any ugliness that still hides there and place it on the cross. Now, let’s walk away in the freedom of that forgiveness. Feel the load being removed from your shoulders?!?! Stop! Do not look back again! Never look back again! God has forgotten our sins and it is time for us to forget them too. Have you truly “forgotten what is behind”? If so, then continue with Paul’s instruction. 


Paul says that now that he has forgotten what lies behind he “strains toward what is ahead.” He pressed on! The imagery here is of a runner straining for the finish line. As we look to the coming year, Paul tells us not to be dragged along through time but to strain toward goals and plans that we have made. Here is where successful resolutions are made. Now that we have let go of the dead weight of the past we can move forward toward the things we want for the new year. If it is not already on our resolution list, we need to add that we will strive to be more Firmly Rooted in God’s Word this new year. Paul places first on his list his spiritual resolutions and I think we should too. It will be tough to get our physical resolutions going right if our spiritual ones are not in place. Let’s agree to put spiritual things first. Jesus said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” 

(Matthew 6:33 KJV). 


Please read the Philippians verses one more time. May they be the guiding words to your resolution process today and into the new year. 



May God richly bless your New Year!

Message From Our Pastor

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,


Happy New Year! I pray this newsletter finds you and your family being strengthened in prayer and the hope of God’s faithfulness. As we embark up-on a New Year, many are still trying to traverse through the tragedy and trauma of 2020. Sadly, a global pandemic claimed in excess of 300K lives in the United States. Countless families were forced to grapple with grief on new levels and mourn without a warm embrace.  Although these challenges seemed insurmountable, we serve a real God, who loves real people with real problems, and provides real solutions.  Out hope in God is a hope that cannot and will not be shaken. Therefore, we will forge ahead in to the New Year knowing that God will see us through every obstacle that standing our ways. The psalmist remains us in Psalm 46:1 that, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”  Therefore, we can rest in the promise that will be with us always. Since God decided to bless us with the gift of a brand New Year let us trust God in faith to help us love more, give more, and serve more in 2021.    



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DISHARMONY  — The Sound of Impatience, By Charles F. Stanley

Whether it’s our own or the voice of someone else, we must always be careful to follow the Lord rather than human reasoning. Sometimes we don’t understand how God could possibly accomplish what He’s promised, so we decide to help Him out in some way or do it ourselves. 


However, if we don’t wait for God, we’ll live in disharmony with Him and suffer the consequences. Following His plan, no matter how long the wait, is always a better option because He has infinite wisdom and full knowledge of the past, present, and future. When we listen and obey Him, we’ll experience His best for our lives even though it’s not always easy. 


However, if we don’t wait for God, we’ll live in disharmony with Him and suffer the consequences. Following His plan, no matter how long the wait, is always a better option because He has infinite wisdom and full knowledge of the past, present, and future. When we listen and obey Him, we’ll experience His best for our lives even though it’s not always easy. 


We probably don’t deliberately decide to jump ahead of God; we simply make choices that please us at the moment or that seem to be the answer to what we’re seeking. So we must be wise and always consider the penalties for not waiting for God, including: 


We deny ourselves His best. We may think we’re doing all right even though we didn’t wait for the Lord, but we’ll never know what He wanted to do in our lives, which would have been much better. 


We delay God’s purpose in our life.  Taking a wrong turn is a detour that delays the completion of God’s will for us. If we confess our sin and turn back to the Lord, He forgives and receives us, but we may never again have the opportunities

He offered us previously. 


We experience disharmony. Wrong choices may very likely create situations that bring discord to our lives, but if we are committed to the Lord, He enables us to grow in the midst of it. 


The Lord loves us unconditionally and has promised to direct our paths and provide for our needs if we will obey Him. Therefore, we must decide if we are going to follow the call of the world or the voice of our God. Which one will you listen to?



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January Birthdays

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James Hawkins

Stephanie Leak

2

Columbus Copeland

Charles Howie

Regina Lewis

Jamie Miller

Katrina Patterson

3

Beth Stafford

4

Denise Allen

Ruby Griffin

Earline Harry

Emma Trotma

6

Garfield Duncan

Debra Edwards

Asia Phillips

8

Aryanah Scales

9

Briana Anthony

Robert Scales

Sonya Shepherd

10

Elexis Grady

Myrtle Horne

Richard Moye

Shirley Penn

11

Laila Leak

12

Carlton Carpenter

Doris Chunn

Quinton Crawley

Akilah Gray

Jennie Jones

13

Sean Campbell

Jacqueline Pettiford

Jeanette Stackhouse-Walton

14

Lisa Caldwell

Jordyn Curtis

Elinor Ervin

15

Barbara Creswell

Diane Hairston

Leon Witherspoon, Jr.

16

Shirley Bishop

Barbara DuBose

17

Patricia Wynn

18

Brittany Jenkins

Carl Leak

19

Michael Baker

Janice Conner

Larry Hardy

Warren Leggett

Marilyn Odom

20

Sharon Marshall

Harold Winningham

21

Aaliyah Hall

Toccara Toland-Tatum

22

Norvell Butterfield

Eva Howell

Derone Penn

Gloria Pitts

23

Gearl Patterson

24

Emanuel Coker

Adrian Coleman

Elwillie Jarrett

Bo Gilliam

Harmon Hinton

25

Robert Conner

Yvette Martin

26

Marcia Cox

Keith Green

Jocelyn Moye

Elise Rodney

27

Marilyn Gilliam

Betty Jones

Blount Norman

28

Wilton Bynum

Bronell Cannady

Jessica Faulk

29

Melissa Moore

30

Kennard Plummer

Melvin Williams

31

Brian Marshall

Glynis Ross