• First Things – January 1

    • Willy Rice
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    • January 1, 2019
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    Happy New Year!

    There is something compelling about the promise of a fresh start and the hope of a new beginning. I suppose it is because we all need to start over. It’s also because God is always trying to take us someplace new. Growth requires change, and change is both difficult and exciting. The New Year also reminds us of the promise that Jesus will ultimately make all things new and as followers in Christ our hope is always in a better tomorrow in a future God has planned for us.

    This New Year brings some new beginnings at Calvary. We welcome Stephen Christian as our new Director of Worship Ministries at Calvary. Stephen will be leading worship at our Clearwater campus for the first time this coming weekend, January 6th, and his influence and leadership will be felt across all our campuses in the months and years to come. For our Clearwater folks, I hope you’ll make an extra effort to be in worship this Sunday and extend a warm welcome to Stephen, his wife Julia and their beautiful family. (By the way, if you missed all that news, you can check out some information about Stephen and his arrival here at my blog post and a recent interview I did with Stephen.)

    I’ll be beginning a new series for January entitled Conversations: Your Story Changes Everything. This will be an important month as all our Community Groups join in this special study that reminds us that God wants to use us to spread His message and advance His kingdom.

    Our normal Wednesday night schedule on all three campuses begins again January 9.

    As you begin this New Year one of the most important habits any believer can have is regular reading in the Bible. If you haven’t already done so, download the YouVersion Bible app and find a Bible reading plan that works for you. I also love the CSB (Christian Standard Bible) app. Both are free downloads and there are many plans to choose from. If you’re just starting out, pick a few Bible books like John, Philippians, Colossians, or maybe the book of Acts. Maybe you can set a goal of reading through the New Testament this year. Set aside a few minutes a day and spend time with God by reading His word. It could be the most important habit you ever start!

    I hope you’ve had a great holiday season and enjoy this New Year holiday. I look forward to seeing you back at Calvary this coming weekend as we start an exciting new year together. Happy 2019! Let’s go forward in faith ready for all God has for us.