New Year’s Resolutions

Well, as you’re reading this, you must realize that this is the last day of 2017.  What a year it’s been!

I heard two good sermons today, one focused on Philippians Chapter 1, verse 6.  You’re all familiar with it and you probably have some memories attached to it, but it’s especially apropos on this the last day of the year.  “And I am sure that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Then the other sermon, by Tony at the Japanese church was about “God’s New Years Resolution”. Yeah, that’s what I thought, but he pointed out that God is not trying to forget the past failures and do better this time, but rather continue His constant ‘resolve’ to bring you to Himself.

Next week we hope to be down in the ‘outback’ visiting with our Daughter-in-Love’s family.  They live 30 miles beyond a town that the address includes “Via another even larger town’s name”. I doubt that you’ll get a blog post from me next week! ha

But wait! as we start this new year, I’d like to invite/inform you that Tony is doing a January DAILY post about our favorite pastor from Japan, Naoki Noguchi, and the insights he has to offer. While this series is for our local church, he’s had a lot of fun writing it and has included your name (if you’re on the email list) to receive a post every day.  If you don’t want to read it, don’t, and if you don’t even want to see it in your inbox, write us and tell us to take your name off the list.  If you’re reading this online, you can write us at and ask to be included for the month of January.

As you’re reading this, we’ll be at some church member’s place ringing in the new year.  They have a very posh 2 story condo looking over about everything, so we should see some good fireworks. It’s steamy hot today so their multiple decks will be nice. I like the laid-back lifestyle of the Gold Coast; they have fireworks at 9PM!! (and again at midnight for the traditionalists).

God Bless! and Happy New Year!  Marsha

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