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Money Life Personal Finance: A 10-Week Bible Study

January 15:
Preschool Open House
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Healing Prayer Service

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Manna Market

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Meals on Wheels

January 26:
500 Card Club Fellowship

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Key Verse:

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it…”
Psalm 24:1 (NIV)

New Year’s Resolutions
By Pastor Jon Haakana

"I never make New Year's Resolutions, anymore," the man told me, "I never keep them, anyway." I can remember all too many resolutions I've made and let slip away, too. But I believe New Year's resolutions are worth making. Let me tell you why.

First, we all need changes. Some changes we need we find very hard to admit to ourselves. I've heard people who say, "I have no regrets about my life. If I had it to do over, I'd do it the same way again." But that attitude is way too blind and self-serving so far as I'm concerned. There is great power in confession--to ourselves, to God, to others. Owning up to our failures is the first, painful step on the road to something better.

Second, when we change calendars is a good time for reassessment. How did last year go? What do I want to do differently this year? This time of year always reminds me of a passage of scripture, better understood by farmers than suburbanites: "Break up your unplowed ground, and do not sow among thorns." (Jer 4:3) It makes sense. The more land you put into production, the more prosperous you'll be. But some of us are dumb enough to try to sow seeds in land overrun by thistles without breaking up the soil and taking care to root out the thorns as they come up. Call it laziness. Call it ignorance or even arrogance.
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