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Pastor Theresa’s Greeting
Happy New Year to everyone! I love the start of new years as it gives each of us the opportunity to begin again. The slate can be wiped clean, and new habits, new behaviors and new attitudes can be initiated in each of our lives. It is a natural season of reflection on what has passed and what can be different moving forward. As we wrote letters to ourselves on Watch Night Celebration, I know each of you wrote, in faith, what you’d like to see in 2018. Let’s believe together for the Outpouring that will happen this year; the lives that will be changed, the miracles that will take place, and the transformation we will see in our Region for the Kingdom! It is the Year of Outpouring!
This month is an exciting time at NDAC and I pray that all of you will take advantage of all that is happening. I will be taking a team to visit a school in Guatemala, which will be our first Neighborhood and Nations Missions project of 2018. We will be there January 8-13th and will return with opportunities for members to sponsor underprivileged children to attend the ColegioShaddai. More details will be coming about this incredible endeavor. Remember our prayer and bible study resumes on Wednesday, January 17th so please come out and receive that mid-week spiritual boost. Marriage Matters will be taking all the Married couples to a basketball game on Friday, January 26th, Man2Man will be meeting the next day, Saturday, January 27th from 9-10:30AM and the Next Gen Young Adults will begin a coat drive on Sunday, the 28th. Lastly, for those who need to be baptized, it will be the last Sunday of this month during the Sunday Celebration. May God continue to richly bless every family in this New Year of Outpouring!
Feeling the Pour,
Truth Be Told… The Outpouring Is Here
How many times have you been caught in a sudden outpouring of rain or snow? You may have even had an umbrella with you that you tried to use to keep your hair and clothes from getting drenched. But when it a true storm arrives, the combination of rain or snow with the wind can make the downpour seem to come even sideways. There have even been times that the Outpouring has destroyed the umbrella that you thought was up to the task of keeping you dry. Every inch of you feels the effect of the storm and it seems like nothing on you will be spared. Once you’ve gotten out of the storm, you are absolutely drenched, even down to your under clothes. And even after you’ve changed into dry clothes, you may still feel damp from the experience you have just encountered.
This kind of Outpouring happened in Acts to the 120 individuals who were waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit. It was an outpouring of no other kind. The residuals of this monumental experience left the disciples drenched, and in actuality, they never were able to get dry again. It was this promise, a prophetic declaration, spoken by the Joel that was echoed by Peter. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.
And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.” (Act 2:17-18) For three years prior, Jesus had been building capacity in these faithful followers, and now they were ready to receive the outpouring. And boy, did they!
I believe that 2018 is the Year of Outpouring for us. A kind of rain, a kind of pouring out that will saturate every area of our lives and empower us for the kind of ministry the Father created us to be. We have been stretched to capacity and now we must receive the pouring!!!!
Finish! (Part 2)
We must not discount what God has positioned us to do
by Phil Ware I The Jesus Window
Our second commitment:
We won’t quit! We will keep on doing our mission until life is done. We have a way of discounting the generational impact that our everyday lives have on those who are our family, co-workers, fellow students, and friends. We don’t have to be the president of a corporation or a mega-church pastor or a superstar athlete to make an eternal difference in the lives of others. We must not discount what God has positioned us to do. The challenge is to do it with passion and keep at it until all our arrows are gone. As long as there is life, we have a mission and purpose to complete. We want life to run out of days, not our days to run out of life. Yes, aging brings limitations and challenges to a mortal body. However, we can, in Christ, still find purpose in our mission despite our wrestling matches with mortality and decay. Paul said it powerfully:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
I am thankful for the many blessings God has lavished on me. One of the greatest blessings is that I have a mission to complete for God. I am confident that I will complete it and finish strong. How about you? Don’t you want to join Jesus and Paul in saying: “I finished the race
This image comes from Erwin McManus’ recent book, “The Last Arrow.” I highly recommended it to you. Don’t let your days run out of life, but make sure that when your life runs out of days on earth, you can say the quiver is empty, and I’ve finished my race!
Finish! (Part 1) was featured in the November issue of the NDAC E-Newsletter.
Our mission is to REACH the lost, REVIVE those who have fallen away,
and prepare them all to REFORM the mountains of culture to which they have been called.