From the Pastor's DeskMike Winfree, Pastor
2021by Pastor Mike on January 1, 2021
Another year is passing and a new year is upon us. In many ways 2020 was full of challenges and many adjustments. Many of you had your own personal struggles, others found ways to keep moving forward. As a church the same is true, we had our struggles, we made adjustments, but we found ways to keep moving forward. I thank God for His guiding hand and for His grace to see us through it all. God is good all the time. Amen? I love that we can go to scripture and find help in time of need.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.” I hope you believe that. I do! I have seen His faithfulness time and again. I have seen Him do it over and over again, haven’t you?
At the end of every year I evaluate the good and the bad of that year and I seek God related to the New Year. I apply Philippians 3:13-14, “Brothers and Sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the price promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” We must press on. We must work while it is still day.
I have been seeking the Lord about 2021. One thing I know, I am going to give more of myself to His work. He is not done working, therefore, I cannot be done working, nor can any believer. These are tough days, but we can put on the armor of God and march forward with Him. How about it? Can God count on you in 2021? Can Oakland Baptist Church count on you in 2021? I sure hope so, for there is much to do. Souls are at stake and we carry the answer. May we be found faithful to a faithful God.
Serving the Savior,