Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)! 2020 was a rough year. What will 2021 bring you?
Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957) was a British poet best known for her poem, “The Gate of the Year”. (It was quoted by King George VI in his Royal Christmas Message of 1939 during the dark, early months of WW2.) The first lines are as follows:
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.”
People search for light to help them during the darkness. But the only True light is Jesus Christ (John 1:9). Education isn’t the answer; neither is the government nor fame or fortune. All can be helpful but none are the solution. Only Jesus can be the Light and the Guide you need in 2021.
No matter what may come this week or this month or this year, Jesus will still be in Control! Put your hand in His and He will lead you safely through each day, over each obstacle, above every adversity.
Don’t walk in fear or anxiety. Don’t walk in uncertainty. Don’t be distracted by temporary lights that will never be enough. They will lead you to the wrong destination.
Keep your eyes on Jesus and your hand in His. Step out in Faith! Let’s go Imua (Straight ahead) for Jesus!
This Sunday, January 10, we will continue our New Year’s emphasis with "Believe for Greater Things" (John 14:12)! What “greater things” does the Lord want to accomplish in, and through, your life in 2021? Don’t be satisfied with anything less than the Best that Jesus has for you. (Note: Come early and be part of Bible classes for all ages at 9:30am.)
If you are new to Honolulu Assembly of God and are curious about church membership, a New Member Class will be held each Sunday morning January 17 to February 7 during the Bible class time at 9:30am. Please let me know if you are interested in attending. Attendance of the class does not obligate you to become a member but it is essential to becoming a member.
Let’s start out the New Year with a bang by joining in the Week of Prayer, January 10-16. Be sure to set aside extra time to meet with the Lord and intercede for our homes, families, church, state, nation and world. If you are interested in fasting, a guide to the Daniel Fast is available on the church website (Church online).
Men, be sure to join us at the next ono-licious Breakfast scheduled for Saturday, January 30. And please bring a friend to enjoy it with you.
Imua for Jesus and Aloha ke Akua!