“Go and search diligently for the child and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”  Matthew 2:8

Jesus was born, just as the prophets had predicted, just as the angel had told the shepherds.  The birth had taken place, and yet even as time passed, King Herod was still trying to stop Christmas.  Ironically, Herod pretended to be a worshiper.  He told the wise men, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child.  And when you find him, come back and tell me so I can go worship him, too!”  Herod, though, was pretending, and in his pretending was truly a false worshiper.  There are people like him today; you may actually know someone like that.  They say they believe in God, but they live lives that contradict what they say.

Herod wanted to be the king of his own life, but he was really a slave.  He ended up not being the King of the Jews but the king of fools, tossed on the ash heap of history like dictators before and after him.  Herod reminds us that every person on earth will reap what they sow.  Herod would have liked the wise men to think he was a God-worshiper and Jesus-praiser.  We probably could all come up with the names of folks who seem to have great words for God and say they can’t live without Jesus in their lives, and yet their living sure doesn’t seem to reflect their words.  In some cases, it seems they are obviously Facebook friends with Jesus, but I have to wonder if they are actually “following” Him.

I pray as I start a new year, that I will be seeking Jesus in a true manner and with true intentions of being a follower of Him each day in 2019.  I pray that for you, too.  There’s way too much junk going on out there for us to think “we’ll be just fine, Jesus, me, and mine.”  If I’m going to minister well in the coming year, it will only be because Jesus, you, and I are ministering together in His Holy Spirit power.  None of us were created by God to have a pretend relationship with Him.

If you’re a “New Year’s Resolution” person, resolve that 2019 will be the year we do it God’s way.  I’m convinced by Scripture that would be most fulfilling for us all, and at the same time give our Father something to smile about, too.

I am so appreciative of all the ministry God has guided us into and allowed us to accomplish in 2018.  So many of you in the church family have given of yourselves and your resources in extraordinarily generous ways.  Through our little church family, Christ’s light has shone within our community and beyond into the nations.  Personally, Pat and I are so grateful to claim you all as our family.

New Year Blessings,