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New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

Resolutions probably abound in your life, your families’, and among your friends. Yet, so many of them will fail, or be put on hold for another year at least. Yet, despite all this we continue to resolve to do more and more each year.

The new year seems to provide new sparks in us, a new hope, and a passion to make ourselves better. It is only in recognition of our sin that we can begin to be better. Why? Because our sin leaves us dead this recognition leaves us turning nowhere within ourselves but only to cross of Christ. The Lord is not one who sits far off and twiddles His thumbs, but gets Himself dirty and takes on human flesh that He may take on our sin and death on the cross and give us life in the resurrection. This is our only hope and comfort.

He makes us His children in Baptism and declares that we are cleansed from sin and heirs of His Kingdom.

In this light here are some “resolutions” for Bethlehem and for you to consider:

  1. Regularly go where Christ has promised Himself to be – in the Word and Sacraments, that is, the Divine Service. Offered here Sundays at 8am and 10:30am, and Mondays at 7pm.
  2. Pray for one another. Not just those you talk to or your close friends, but the one who you really don’t talk to or even don’t get along with. (P.S. – it might be helpful to ask their needs in praying for them, but I know that’s tough.)
  3. Show mercy to one another. Again not just your friends but to all those with needs. And don’t assume you know the needs but ask and pray, you may be surprised the way the Lord uses you.
  4. Continued and more regular fellowship. Koinonia, the Greek word often translated as fellowship, literally means a participation. That we continue to participate in the life of the church, which flows out into witness and mercy into the community.