For many the new year marks for them a fresh start. I’m sure that many of us have already made and broken “New Year’s resolutions.” Check out this definition from Wikipedia:
“A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. A key element to a New Year’s resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. People committing themselves to a New Year’s resolution generally plan to do so for the whole following year. This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous.”
On the surface level it is probably hard to find fault with this concept. We should encourage one another to make commitments to goals, projects and reformation of habits. Yet, we all know that we more than likely won’t stay resolute in our commitment to this change. Continue reading →
rticular our financial stewardship. This year our theme verse for our emphasis is Matthew 13:31-32, the Parable of the Mustard Seed. In the next few days you will receive a mailing with more information on the specifics of our Stewardship emphasis and our Commitment Sunday which will be held on November 13, 2011.
In future Tidbits and sermons I will speak more in depth about the stewardship implications of the theme verse. This week I would like to talk about two words that have appeared in this article multiple times. Why do we say “emphasis” and “commitment,” instead of “campaign” and “pledge.” Continue reading →