Dear Church Family,
Happy New Year and to all a good night! That’s one of the things that’s on my list of “New Year’s Things on a List”, to get a good night’s sleep. I come from a long line of lousy sleepers. I need dark (no pinpoints of light…anywhere) and quiet and cold and did I say no light? A hot bath and good read and I might be ready…for a least two hours of sleep. I’m working on it and it’s getting better but sleep is on my list. I’m not much into New Year’s Resolutions but most of us would like to change those things we don’t like about ourselves and do those things that would be good for us. New Year’s Day seems to always be a good time to start something new.
I’ve been thinking about something new or something to renew for this new year. I received an award from the Netarts-Oceanside Fire District at our Christmas Party and Award dinner. It was created by our fire chief and awarded to the firefighter of his choice. It is called the “Bill Bracelin Award” and given for “a positive and enthusiastic attitude throughout the year…”. It has caused me to ask myself…would my church give me such an award? Am I positive and enthusiastic in my service to the Tillamook Adventist Church? However that might be answered, I have come to see that I “can” be. The New Year says “Yes, I can.” New Year, new day, new choices.
And for us as a church? Are we “a positive and enthusiastic” presence in Tillamook? Is our love for Jesus and His coming so part of who we are that we let our light so shine…that there is no question who we serve? And can we be or continue to be a church of Jesus Christ here in our community?
In both our Sabbath School lessons and then from the pulpit and our Bible Study and Prayer on Tuesday evenings, we will be looking at the book of Revelation. In chapters 2 and 3 we read about the “seven” churches. The Adventist Church as seen the messages to the seven church as historical statements of character about the church of Jesus Christ down through the ages. Each message describing an era in Christian History. They are also seen as giving the character traits of those who belong to the church of Jesus. Loving or lukewarm has been the question most concerning the church in the times that we live. Laodicea or Philadelphia is the answer to the question of who we are to be.
New Year’s resolutions or changes or plans usually need some kind of motivation. I think that the greatest motivator is love or to be loved to put it more precisely. Jeremiah 31:1-3 says it this way, “In that day, says the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people. This is what the LORD says: Those who survive the coming destruction will find blessings even in the barren land, for I will give rest to the people of Israel. Long ago the LORD said to Israel: I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself”.
When we see ourselves has being loved by God, we can have the love we need for the change we need to make. “What the world needs now is love, sweet love…it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” Positive and enthusiastic. That’s my goal. That’s the goal I’d like to encourage for our church here in Tillamook.
In His Matchless Love,
Tim Mayne, pastor