Skip to main content

Pastor's Post for January


“Pushing Forward and Looking Ahead in 2021”

 I have often heard that God has His reasons for giving us two eyes in the front of our head and not in the back. Sure, we can look around and even walk backwards but that doesn't come naturel. God has given us vision to face forward while we focus on Him and trust Him for each step. To live or dwell on our past keeps us from enjoying the present and being hopeful for the future. Paul gives us great insight into this in God’s word . . .,

 12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

- Philippians 3:12-14 (NLT)

 God continues to bring this scripture to my mind and heart at the beginning of each new year. There is something about the changing of the year of a calendar that gives us a feeling of a new start. Many will make resolutions for change in the new year, while others just keep going like it is any other new day. It is important to not "write off" 2020 as the worst year ever. Yes, it was plagued with a global pandemic, hatred, racism, violence, isolation, depression and division among people and government. However, God is still in control. You and I have an opportunity to love Him and love others. If you don’t like the way the world is, work to change it.  Any day God gives us to do that is a good day. Let’s look ahead in 2021 and race to reach all that God has for us.

 In Him,

Pastor James

Popular posts from this blog

Confession, Reflection and The Lord's Supper

Yesterday, our church observed the ordinance of the Lord''s Supper or Communion as some call it.  Our church is blessed to have a committee that prepares this for us on every fifth Sunday.  This practice is designed to take us back in our hearts and minds to that dreadful night where Jesus sat at a table with His disciples to prepare them for His pending crucifixion .   The purpose of the Lord's Supper is not for us to go through the motions, but to remember all that Christ did for us.  His body was broken and blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins.  Communion is a time to reflect, appreciate and give honor to Jesus for what He endured for us. This ordinance is not for everyone.  This is only to be taken by those who are believers and accepted Jesus as their ultimate forgiver and leader.  To partake in this service in an unworthy state is sin. 1 Corinthians 11:27 (NLT) 27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of s

The Gift: A Christmas Sermon Series

Come join our family at Homeland Park Baptist Church as we celebrate the greatest gift ever given; the birth of a Savior, Jesus Christ! This gift impacts our entire lives and eternity.  Each Sunday morning in December, we will discover gifts that are a result of God sending His son to earth in such a humble way. December 2: The Gift of Hope - Nothing is Impossible December 9: The Gift of Help - God Places Forerunners Before Us December 16: Guest Preacher - Rev. John Dill (Saluda Baptist Association D.O.M.) December 23: The Gift of A Healer - The Birth of Christ December 30: The Give of a Home - Being in Our Father's House Make your prayer and commitment to make sure we never forget that Jesus is the reason for this season.  We look forward to being together in worship. Merry CHRISTmas!

Birthdays and Anniversaries for October

Birthdays Deborah James               10/3 Pauline Tate                   10/4 Molly Black                     10/10 Ross Christensen             10/10 Lonnie Vickery                10/11 Delores Collier                10/15 Reba Geddings                10/17 Anniversaries Terry & Mary Lou Finley 10/11 Rick & Shirley Eubanks    10/15