Editor’s Note: Once again I welcome David Hundert as guest blogger this week! Thanks David, for filling in for me. In this four-part series, David concludes our Advent 2021 series, Ready for the Return, in which we studied 2 Thessalonians.
How to seek God is even more evident, more important, and even more critical as we think about Jesus’ second coming. You can open any newspaper, any news website, and see the world around us hurting. People need the love, support, and all the help we can give. They need our prayers but even more so, they need our example of how to love one another and to love and accept them.
I thank and praise God, that my wife and I have found a loving body of believers at Faith Church. I thank God for the Leadership team and all the serve teams. In my time serving on various teams, there always seems to be something that comes up that the serve team has to ask, “Is that opportunity for us or for another serve team?” I attribute that to the fact that everything we do affects one another, and it is the desire of the serve teams and Leadership team to serve in a God honoring way. As someone who has done his fair share of church hopping, that is rarer than you would think in a church. It shouldn’t be, but it is.
I would encourage you to continue to seek God in the new year. I would encourage you to continue to love one another and serve one another as God has gifted each of you. If there is an area that you’ve thought about helping in and haven’t taken that step forward yet, I would encourage you to pray and ask the Lord, who gives liberally to those who would ask, that he gift you the ability to help and then step out in faith. I would encourage you to continue to love one another as Christ has loved you.
His second coming is closer now than ever, and no one knows the time or date. When asked about the reason for your faith, remind those that don’t know him, that no one is guaranteed tomorrow. Invite them in to share in our shalom and let’s see His kingdom grow on earth as it is in heaven. As we move into the new year, I want to encourage you to think of someone that doesn’t know the Lord and commit with me, that we will pray them into the kingdom this next year.
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