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Balancing Your Spiritual Scale in 2018

I Thessalonians 2:12  …  “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”

Pastor Joseph Hopkins, III wishes you a very Happy New Year throughout the Year of Our Lord 2018. I believe that God is going to do a great work in and though The Open Door Missionary Baptist Church in 2018.  I truly thank God for allowing me to become and to remain your Pastor for the past 8 years.  This congregation has been a tremendous encouragement, and has also supported me in ministry and prayers, as well as my family during these times.

This year’s vision will be “Balancing Your Spiritual Scale in 2018,” taken from I Thessalonians 2:12 “That you would walk worthy of God…” The word worthy means having an equal weight on the other side of the scale, which is God in Jesus.  God wants our relationship, fellowship, and lifestyle to be lived out in such a way that we are in spiritual balance with the Lord, instead of being out-of-balance.  This is to say that when the spiritual scale is heavy (lower) on our side of the scale, we will need to remove some things out of our lives, i.e., sin, strongholds, bad habits, etc.

Alternately, when the spiritual scale is lighter (higher) on our side, we will need to put on some things like prayer, reading, and studying His Word. I would like to challenge you and our entire congregation this year, to strive to reach a better fellowship and relationship with the Lord.  We should strive individually, and collectively as an entire church.  I’d also like to encourage you to actively attend and participate in “at least” one of the ministries this church.

You can begin this walk by attending our Wednesday Noon Prayer, Wednesday Night Prayer and Bible Study (6:00pm – 8:00pm), respectively. The Friday Noon Bible Study will begin in the month of April.  Lastly, Sunday School takes place every Sunday morning at 9:30am.  I will look forward to seeing you very soon!

May God Bless you, and keep you!

From the Desk of the Pastor, Reverend Joseph Hopkins, III.

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