Happy New Year and Greetings in the joy and strength of our Lord Jesus Christ! I welcome this new year with great enthusiasm, and with a great sigh of relief. I hope your past year in ministry fared well but I experienced something that deeply challenged me spiritually and I am grateful it now remains in the past. The Prophet Isaiah wrote, The Lord says,
Forget what happened before, and do not think about the past. Look at the new thing I am going to do…” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NCV).
As many of us celebrated with resounding shouts of joy at the end of the year countdown, I truly celebrated trusting that this year God would do a “new thing” in me. I hope you make this your prayer too as we proceed into 2017. I encourage you to ask the Lord to do something new and not continue to do the same ole’ thing. Take that step in faith, trust in the Lord and be willing to do the “new thing”! To Him who sits on the throne; all glory, honor and praise forever!
May the precious Lord bless you this new year…
Reverend Ben Refuerzo
IAFB General Superintendent
Senior Pastor, Bethany Christian Center