Tag: new year’s

All Things New

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” – Revelation 21:5

I love celebrating the New Year! In fact, a still unknown neighbor of mine called the police New Year’s Eve because we were celebrating a little too much. Once lit, the Vandegriff Family Firework Extravaganza sounded like World War III had started in my neighborhood. We had one fuse for about 5,000 firecrackers. It was total awesomeness. The police were nice and almost apologetic for having to come by, but nonetheless our production was over. It was only 8 p.m. and totally worth it. Why? Because we were enjoying life. We were celebrating. A new adventure in a new year was about to begin.

In the book of Revelation, the apostle John writes of his encounter with Jesus. In chapter 21, Jesus uses two tenses, both a future tense (something He is going to do in the future) and a present tense (something He is in process of doing right now). In Revelation 21:4, we read there will be no more death and no more mourning at some point in the future. In verse five, we read he is currently making all things new. Jesus then tells John to write it down because this promise is “trustworthy and true.”

I believe God wants to do something new in your life this year. Something good. Something rewarding. Something freeing. Something loving. Something significant. Why? Because it’s His character to do so.

Spend some time today asking God about the “new thing” he wants to do in your life. Then write it down. Hold it as a promise and prayer request for the year ahead. His words are trustworthy and true. He’s not done with you. He is making all things new.

 

By Van Vandegriff, Adult Pastor

A New Year’s Letter from Jimmy

Dear Antioch Friends and Family,

I pray the holiday season was refreshing for each of you. During this season, we would normally take time to reflect and look forward to the new year. This helps us to realign our lives afresh to God’s purpose and word to us. We look forward to the Town Hall Meeting on January 12th being a day where we can do that corporately.

For many years, my family and I have used this template to help us write down the word of the Lord to us and our roles and goals in the coming season. A question I always as as we fill it out is, What is going to be different this year than the past year that is going to help you fulfill all that God has called you to?” This always leads to family discussions that allow us to follow through with God’s direction and leadership in our lives.

Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to order our days that we might present to you a heart of wisdom.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

It is through God’s initiated love and our response to Him that our destiny is ultimately created. I believe this simple exercise alone will help you clarify God’s journey for you. I have great love for all of you and I hope this helps.

In His strength and love,

Jimmy Seibert, Senior Pastor