"There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11
At this time of year we are reminded of those around us who are less fortunate. The Bible tells us that we should have an “open hand” policy toward others who are in need. Many of us practice what I call a “closed fist” policy. We grab all we can and then we keep all we can and then we hope it is enough to get us through. When we close our hand it makes a fist. It is impossible to pick anything up when you have your hand closed. It is also impossible to do any meaningful work or to receive anything, including blessings. An open hand was a sign of generosity in the Old Testament. I challenge you today to open your hand and to look to the needs of others instead of only yourself. We truly reflect the generosity found in Jesus Christ when we help others. Open your hand. You will be blessed.
What a great weekend we had last week. The four presentations of The Singing Christmas Tree were outstanding. Thank you Ronna, singers, drama, lights and sound, orchestra, angels, and everyone who had anything to do with the presentation The message of Christ was very clearly displayed.
I want to remind you that Dr. Joe Pewitt is retiring on January 3 and you are invited to a reception that evening. I am excited that the personnel committee has named Gloria Fox as the new interim senior adult director. Gloria will do a great job. Her energy and enthusiasm will be exciting for the senior adults. Pray for Gloria, as she starts this new adventure.
As we begin this new year 2016, we have many challenges ahead of us. I believe with all my heart that in order for us to be a successful church and to reach our community, that we need to change many of the things we have done in the past. The staff has been studying and working on a concept called “Simple Church”. We will be sharing that concept with key organizations. We will then have some town hall meetings with the entire church where we will be able to share this concept with you. We are all the body of Christ and we have to work together to reach people for Jesus. I am excited about some of the things God may lead us to do. Fee Fee is a great church and has a wonderful history. We must make sure that it also as a vibrant future. With God leading us, He will show us the way and how we can continue to be His people here in Bridgeton Missouri.
I pray that you have a Merry Christmas and that you will take time this year to remember that the reason Christ came was so you might have eternal life and that you might share it with those around you.
God bless and Merry Christmas.