Monday, 24 June 2019

C Columns

Publisher's Corner - There is a Time for Everything

By Sandy Jones

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

A New Year often brings fresh new beginnings, or at least we feel like it does. Then with the passing of time we discover that we brought last year’s bad habits right along with us. This can lead to disappointment and a feeling of failure; therefore, as I’ve stated in past columns, I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions.

Scripture tells us God’s mercies are new every morning, so instead of yearly resolutions it’s my goal to take a cue from this and start each day new. Not to compete with anyone but myself, and to be a better version of me today than I was yesterday. Continual growth. Continual improvement. AND continual grace for my past mistakes, regardless of what the enemy wants to whisper in my ear. I know God loves and forgives me! I know this because He sent us Jesus. Simply put: He loves each of us SO much!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. — John 3:16-17 NIV

I recently attended a pastors’ prayer meeting and a favorite old one-liner was brought up I thought I’d share, perhaps someone needs to be reminded: “God don’t make no junk!” If you’re feeling a bit lost, or even a lot lost — remember you are a child of the King of Kings, therefore you are somebody — God’s precious son or daughter!

May 2019 be a year of growing and walking closer to the Lord for each of us!

There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

As we go into this New Year I’m extremely excited to share a bit of news here at Christian Living Ministries. It’s certainly not out with the old — no way — we’re hanging onto the old. We like who we are, confident of the ministry God’s entrusted to us; but as we move into 2019 and start expanding the reach of our ministry, it’s time to share some of our bigger, bolder, even broader vision.

Since our early days our tagline has been “Uplift, Entertain, and Enlighten,” and while we still do that, we’ve gotten feedback from readers, just like you, and we feel that today an even more accurate tagline is “Hope, Inspiration & a New Perspective.“

It would be our vision, our goal if you will, to Unite Believers and Transform Lives. We hope to show that we’re all more alike than different — it all boils down to Jesus, the One and Only Son of God, and following what He Himself commanded us to do:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment great than these.’ — Mark 12:30-31 NIV

We love sharing with you what your friends and neighbors are doing acting as the Hands and Feet of Christ, and look forward to sharing even more great stories of their faithfulness.

When we set out on this journey nearly 6 years ago we forecast that at this point we would reach 20,000 readers in this region. Today through God’s guidance and blessings we’re humbled to find that we actually reach over 55,000 people in the Treasure Valley, and online we reach even more throughout the U.S., Canada and 57 countries around the world! In the coming months we hope to expand our reach both in print and online by expanding our physical distribution into Sun Valley and the Magic Valley, and by adding new features on our website.

We love hearing from you, and covet your prayers over this ministry!

Until next time...

God Bless!

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