From The Pastor’s Desk

 

“As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5 ESV)

To my Emmanuel family,

As we give thanks to God for keeping us through 2017, let us look forward with great expectation and anticipation for a mighty move of God in our ministry and our respective lives. Despite all we have experienced together, the ups and downs, disappointments and frustrations, and the many challenges that came our way God kept us and He has given us breakthrough.  2018 will manifest new ideas, new opportunities, and new miracles. Let us approach the throne of God with boldness knowing we are His children and are called for His divine purpose.

The theme for 2018 is “Encountering God Through: Missions, Ministry and Evangelism.” Apostle Paul told Timothy “As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5 ESV). I ask that we consider this text and commit ourselves to doing the work of ministry each and everyday. We are all called to share our faith with the world, let us do so with  intentionality and expectancy. The world is changing at an alarming rate, but our God remains the same and so does His purpose for our ministry engagement. We are too close to give up now.
 
The Word of God states, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19 HCSB). 2018 is a new year; therefore, choose to release the past hurts, disappointments, and anything that might have caused you to become offended and unproductive in the Kingdom of God. We must choose life and the blessings of God and let us continue to serve Him in love and devotion. I declare this year to be your year of the Lord’s favor. If we walk in faith, it will release His favor. Together, God will grow His Kingdom through us. See you in the mission field.

 

In His Service,

Pastor Heard