A New Year's Message from Bishop W. Darin Moore

Don't you just love opening gifts? It's a feeling I hope I'll never outgrow. A wrapped gift offers a number of life lessons that I'd like to share as with begin a new year together.

Expectation - Life is meant to be lived in a forward direction. While it's vital to honor and learn from our past, we cannot live the life GOD has for us if we are filled with regret, remorse, and stale re-runs. Let's move into the new year with hope-filled expectations that the Lord has even greater for us in 2014. "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us," (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

Possibilities - A wrapped gift represents new possibilities. Could this be the very item I've been hoping for? Maybe it's something that I would never have imagined, and yet, it will be just what I needed. Or, it could be one of those things that don't thrill me and I dread having to deal with, however, in time I come to realize the benefits gained and the lessons learned. As we reflect on this past year, there were many unexpected events, encounters, and experiences. Some brought great joy while others caused profound grief. Yet, through it all, the Lord has been at work for our ultimate good. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 NIV)

Generosity - A gift is a reminder that somebody was thinking about us. Even the smallest gift has an enormous value because someone had you on their mind and in their heart. When I consider how GOD has loved us so much that He gives good gifts to His children - I'm absolutely amazed! But beyond being in awe of GOD's loving kindness , we should in like manner possess:
  1. Generosity of spirit - demonstrating the love of Christ to all. Let's not allow the spirit of cynicism and negativity invade our minds this year. Put every thought under subjection and refuse to give audience to anyone tearing people down. It takes very little effort to criticize. Great leaders look up, lift up, and build up.

  2. Generosity of speaking - let's learn to monitor not only our hearts and minds but our tongues as well. Often we speak recklessly. If we engage in idle gossip, passing along half-truths, tearing down spiritual leadership, we become a partner with Satan in attempting to destroy rather than edify. Here are some simple rules to follow; if someone is wrong, go to them directly. Talk TO your brother or sister, not ABOUT them! If you don't know all the facts, don't fill in the blanks. And, always speak the TRUTH in LOVE! "The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit." (Proverbs 15:4 NIV)

  3. Generosity of self - Rick Warren begins his best-selling book; "A Purpose-driven Life" with this statement, "It's not about you!" Let's admit that it's so easy to slip into thinking that the world revolves around us. One way, although not full proof, to cultivate a self-less spirit is to be intentional about giving of your time, talents, treasure, and temple (body) for Christ. Go beyond what the job description requires. Give more than you planned. Identify someone who is genuinely in need and gift them some of your time and attention. Do this without seeking recognition or reward. Trust me, it will enlarge your heart.
Every new year people will come up with some cliches or phrases in an attempt to capture the moment. While some choose to criticize these catch phrases as trite and superficial, I prefer to encourage people to open their gift of a new year, a new beginning, in whatever way that works best for them.

As for me, I've decided that I'm not going to make any New Year's resolutions this year. However, I am writing a 2014 "To Do List". At the top of my list is to begin unwrapping the gift of a new year and to PRAISE GOD! Because when I look back over 2013 and think about how GOD kept me and brought me; and when I look expectantly into 2014, knowing that the best is yet to come - I can't help but exclaim; OUR GOD IS AWESOME!!!

For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)

Have a GREAT 2014!

We love you with the love of Christ.

Blessings always,

Bishop and Mrs. W. Darin Moore

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