It’s January 2013, twelve more months have passed and you can’t believe the time has gone by so quick. I known the New Year is just beginning, but looking in the rear view mirror of your imagination, how does 2012 appear? Take a few moments to envision what is yet to happen. What do you see?
This is not an exercise in New Age projection therapy. Nor am I hocking the benefits of a positive mental attitude championed by Napoleon Hill and Rev. Robert Schuller. This said, your assessment of the next 365 days may include some new highlights; especially in your faith. Adopting a few spiritual disciplines early on offers the potential for your best year yet. Here are some ideas:
Include time each day meditating on the writings from Oswald Chambers’ book, My Utmost for His Highest. This classic devotional will introduce you to tenants and truths of faith few believers contemplate on their own. Another practice I have found enriching is to pray through the Psalms. The Holy Spirit powerfully animates this exercise to inform and enlarge the tired soul. It doesn’t take much. A small portion of His Word driven home this way can make a real difference. These are just a couple ways you may want to kick start the New Year.
Another option is to attend 48 Hours Anticipating His Return prophecy conference. Pittsburgh Baptist is hosting this event February 18-20. Our speaker is Dr. Ron Herrod. In 1995, Dr. Herrod began R.H.E.M.A. (Ron Herrod Evangelism Ministries Association) following 36 years as senior pastor of some of America’s largest and fastest growing churches. His ministry has included national television, crusades and mission projects in more than 30 countries throughout the world, an international tape ministry, and writing seven books. Dr. Herrod has served our denomination on the International Mission Board, Louisiana College Board, Southern Seminary Board, Vice-President of the SBC’s Pastor’s Conference, President of Tennessee Pastor’s Conference and in many other capacities. He is a graduate of William Carey College (BA), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (ThM), and Luther Rice Seminary (ThD). Dr. Herrod also serves as the President of the Southern Baptist Evangelists Association. The focus of R.H.E.M.A. is evangelistic crusades in the U.S. and overseas, mission projects involving pastors and lay teams, consultants in missions to local churches, Bible Conferences, Marriage and Family Conferences, and Prophecy Conferences. A major missions focus of R.H.E.M.A. is the R.H.E.M.A. Institute which trains national pastors and church leaders in developing countries for effective church planting and leadership.
You may remember from our 50th anniversary celebration in 2009, music evangelist, Rev. Bob Smith. Bob will lead worship during the five conference sessions. I encourage you to start 2012 Anticipating His Return.