Mark 16:15

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

The New Year

Note: This is the last Bulletin of 2019. I want to wish all of our readers a very Happy Holiday Season as we anticipate the approaching New Year. And thanks to all who encourage me with your comments about the articles that I write each week.
In this final article for this year, I want us to look at the approaching New Year (if God wills). I remember as a child reading the L’il Abner comic strip; at the beginning of each New Year, they would picture the Old Year as an old gray-haired man with a long beard and bent over, and they would picture the New Year coming in as a newborn baby. We might smile at that, but there may be more truth in it than we notice. Soon, (if it is God’s plan for the world to remain) we will see the old year folded up and put away as the new year, with all of its excitement, comes in.
With the New Year, we are given a new chapter in our Book of Life here on earth. As we start, every page is blank and every page is clean. How it will look at the end of the New Year will be up to us. If God gives us the time, and we are still here at the end of 2020, how will we look back on the year? Will our Book of Life be filled with good things? Will it be patterned after the world’s standards, or will it be filled with righteousness? As we anticipate the New Year, let each of us make at least one New Year’s Resolution—that is that we will strive each day (one day at a time) to make our Book to be filled with good deeds and pleasant memories.
As we face the New Year, how many of us will be here at both the start and the end of the New Year? We have lost a number of our members in 2019. And even though we should pray for our physical health and that we might prosper in the New Year, our concentration should be chiefly upon our spiritual lives and our spiritual health. We have some that need to obey the Gospel; we have others that have wondered away and have deserted the Lord; they need to repent and come back home. It is our prayer that those reading this that have become unfaithful will reconsider the consequences of the decisions they have made. As brother Malcolm said, we should “make it as easy as possible for the lost to come home.” That seems to also be the sentiment behind what Paul said in Galatians 6:1 when he wrote, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Like the father of the younger son in the parable of the lost son, we should be watching, waiting, and eager for those who have become “again entangled and overcome” with the world of sin from which they had once escaped (II Pet. 2:20-22).
As we begin the New Year, I will be beginning my 59th year of preaching the Gospel. Thanks to Northeast for putting up with me for well over half of those years. May God bless each of you as we work for the Master together in 2020!

Paul M. Wilmoth