Dear Church Family,
I hope this letter finds you blessed and in health. I want to wish all of you a blessed Christmas season as we close out another year. How exciting that we are a year closer to Jesus’ return! This is the time of year I ask my spiritual evaluation questions. Maybe you have forgotten. It has been a year after all, so here they are.
1.1. Am I closer to Jesus than I was last year at this time?
2.2. What have I done to further His kingdom this year?
3.3. What weight or burden do I need to leave behind?
These questions always help me refocus on what is of true importance. We can get so caught up in the rush of life here on earth that we forget our calling and become unbalanced. In Matthew 10:8 when Jesus sent His Disciples out to minister, He gave a simple principle, “Freely you have received, freely give.” We are called to be both receivers and givers. If either the receiving or the giving gets out of balance we can quickly become ineffective and unfruitful. If we don’t have a growing walk with Jesus, 1 receiving, we will be ineffective, 2 give, in furthering His kingdom. Which is where 3 comes in. What could be causing imbalance? Whatever it is, I want to give it to Jesus and leave it behind me in 2014. I invite you join me in closing out 2014 closer and more fruitful than ever before and committed to an even better 2015, ever growing more like Jesus!
This Sabbath Morning, December 6th, Pastor LeeRoy Chacon our Texico Conference president will be our guest speaker. His message, “From Worry to Worship”, is one I’m sure all of us will be blessed and encouraged by.
Sabbath evening, December 6th at 5:30pm Lubbock Junior Academy will present a special vespers program. Vespers will be followed by a supper and Bake Sale in the fellowship hall. I’m looking forward to this and the opportunity to see and visit with all of you.
Sabbath Morning, December 13th, will be our annual Christmas Cantata. This will be a wonderful worship experience, beautiful music and inspiring messages on hope, joy and peace. I’m very much looking forward to this.
Sabbath December 20 and 27, although we know Jesus was not born on December 25th I can’t think of a better way to close out one calendar year and begin another than by dwelling on the Love of God revealed in Jesus. So I’m planning a two part series on “Emanuel.” Please join with me as we dwell on the most amazing gift the universe has ever seen. I trust we will fall more deeply in love with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit together.
Please pray for me as I pray for you!
God’s richest blessings,
Pastor Jeremy McCombs
Lubbock Seventh-day Adventist Church
PS: Remember, our weekly church bulletin, where we post up-coming events, is available on our church web page at www/lubbockadventist.org. Also, many of you, like me, have discovered the ease of contributing with the “Donate On-Line” feature recently implemented on the web page.