By Pastor Bill Gaube
PEP – People Encouraging People
If you want a good guilt producer, try making New Year’s resolutions. As I prayed about this in January, 2010, this is the challenge the Lord gave me: “Don’t just mentally assent to basic truths, but PRACTICE them.” Here are two practices that the Lord pointedly brought to my attention:
Look to God’s Word for direction.
Psalms 119:133 (NLT) “Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by any evil.” My constant prayer is, “lift my thoughts above the noise and confusion of this world and help me see your way.” For me that means more than just reading the word. It means using God’s word to filter my thoughts and choices.
Pray for God’s application in my life
More than 20 times in Psalm 119 the writer pleads with God for discernment. An example is Psalms 119:144 (NLT) “Your decrees are always fair; help me to understand them, that I may live.” Frankly that is a constant need and prayer of mine! Years ago I heard someone say, after reading ask: “So What?”
Now I know some of you are thinking, “That’s it?” Those are very old, basic insights. Yet after 60 years of living the Christian life, I’m still astonished how fervently we hold truth, while not letting that truth affect what we think and do.
So forget guilt. Go back to basics. Let God continue to make you into a new person. Read God’s word and pray for application. Realize that the ability to not go down a destructive path is a gift from God. By God’s power, take that gift in 2011.
PEP Club Activities for January
- Breakfast Club, Thursdays at 10:00 AM
The every Thursday format gives great opportunity for more to be involved. We meet at the Waffle Shop on the corner of Zinfandel and Folsom Blvd. Order what you like and enjoy the fellowship. We’d love to have all those 55+ join us.
- Sunday, January 23
After second service we will be going out to eat at Brookfields Restaurant 11135 Folsom Blvd near HWy 50 and Sunrise, Rancho Cordova. You can order off the menu. Come for a good time and get to know others better. Rusty Bloomquist will be our host.