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2020 Vision

Dear Crosswalkers,

Happy New Year!

At Crosswalk we had a blessed set of two Christmas Eve services and Pastor Ed Taylor preached the Gospel last Sunday and helped us close out 2019 on a high note. This Sunday is the first Sunday of the New Year, and I’m very excited about the message entitled “WAYFINDERS: Your Choices and Your Destiny.” You can read more about it below.

What will 2020 hold for us as a community of faith? What will it hold for us as individuals? Here’s some encouragement that may serve as spiritual resolutions for 2020 and beyond. These are decisions I would like to make for myself, and I trust they will be helpful for you to consider as well. They are having nothing to do with improving myself physically or financially, but how I can improve my all important spiritual life.

In 2020 I hope to…
 
1. Be more open to change
 
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19, NIV)

2. Commit to pray more and care for myself spiritually
     
So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord… ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’” says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6, NIV)
     
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Philippians 3:12, NIV)
 
3. Become intentional about sharing my faith
 
I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. (I Corinthians 9:22, NIV)
 
4. Make the tough decisions I know are best
 
And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:22-24, NIV)
 
5. Confront bad or sinful habits that hold me back
 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1, NIV)
 
6. Focus on building community
 
If your brother or sister sins against you, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. (Matthew 18:15, NIV)
 
 7. Stay focused on the mission
 
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47, NIV)

May the Lord increase our faith and trust in him, and may God give us a spirit of holy boldness to serve and bless others in the name of Jesus.

Faithfully yours,
Pastor John

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