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From the Minister's Desk
Our theme for 2015 is ‘Make a difference’ and I am very excited by what this theme can and will do for us as a congregation. ‘Make a difference’ calls us to examine ourselves as individual believers as well as examine ourselves as the body of Christ (2 Corinthians 13: 5). It causes us to ask some questions; are we truly making a difference where our Lord has placed us (Matthew 5: 13-15)? Is there something keeping us held back from being the true royal priesthood we are called to be (1 Peter 2: 1-11, Hebrews 12: 1-3)? This theme calls us to truly be different in a world that is steadily moving further and further away from the truth of God and His Word (Ephesians 4: 14-15, 1 Corinthians 3: 19).
Our theme verse (Romans 12: 1-2) tells us that if we are to make a difference then we must become a living and holy sacrifice; we must be truly transformed; we must allow ourselves to be fully renewed that we may be completely acceptable, not in the eyes of the world but in the eyes, heart and mind of God the Father. To be acceptable for God’s sake and glory and to be the difference maker we are called to be we must be willing to be renewed and transformed by the Word and will of God. This is where sacrifice takes place; a sacrifice of self by giving our selfish thoughts, actions and attitudes over to the Lordship of Jesus Christ; a sacrifice of personal will and a doing away with ungodly things to embrace fully those things which are pleasing in His sight. A living and holy sacrifice glorifies God and can make a real difference only when the character of Christ becomes our character.
Where do we start in our difference making life? Well, I am glad you asked. It starts with a good personal choice to be a true child of the living God. This entails the previous paragraph as well as stepping out of our comfort zones to share this blessed life with others; beginning in our homes and with our neighbors and co-workers. From there we look for ways our difference making life can impact those we worship with and with those we have the opportunity to minister to which means we must get involved in some way with the ministry of the church. Look around and ask God to reveal those areas where your talents can be best used to make a difference then be willing to act and commit to serving where led. This commitment to ministry, whether a prayer warrior, a broom pusher, teacher or outreach will allow your difference making life to not only impact your brothers and sisters but will allow your witness to be seen in our community; where many lost, hurting and seeking souls are found.
Finally, we must have the attitude that whatever we do, we do all for the glory of God. It’s not about you, it’s not about me, it’s not even about us; it’s all about our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ His Son; our Savior and Lord. He deserves our praise and seeks our willing hearts to be the good witness for Him that He may be glorified before men. When He is truly glorified then we will be blessed to be the difference making people He has called us to be. Do you want to make a difference and see His church explode with new brothers and sisters who in turn are engaging their talents for His glory? Do you want to see families coming together with homes being the place they were meant to be; a place of peace, security and God honoring? I know you do and I know if we commit to making a difference we will see victory for the glory of God! This is my prayer for First Church this year; that we will make a difference and it starts with a good personal choice. Keep looking up because He cares for YOU.
These are additional resources available to help with financial, spritiual, or other needs beyond what the church can provide.
- Community Action Partnership Greene County - Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton
Area is a nonprofit Community Action Agency committed to eliminating poverty and promoting self-sufficiency by providing various programs and services for individuals and families in Butler, Darke,
Greene, Montgomery, Preble and Warren Counties.
- 1855 Bellbrook Road; Xenia, OH 45385
- (937) 376-7747; (937) 427-3377
- Family Violence Prevention Center - the agency has evolved to continue to provide comprehensive,
holistic services to victims of domestic violence.
- 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 937-372-4552 or 937-426-2334
- P.O. Box 271; Xenia, OH 45285 (Greene)
- (937) 376-8526
- Family & Children First - the county department assists service providers, community groups,
and residents to effectively address the health, human, and social service needs of Greene County residents.
- 158 E. Main St.; Xenia, OH 45385
- Ph: (937) 562-5600; (937) 426-1779 ext. 5600
- Fairborn FISH -Food Pantry
- (937) 222-5444 - Beavercreek
- (937) 879-1313 - Fairborn - First Baptist Church, 1167 Highview Drive
- Other Greene County Services
Agape Counseling Center - Agape Counseling Center has provided outpatient counseling, psychological, and mental health services since 1976. Our professional staff are trained to assist all age groups in individual, marital, and family therapy. Evening appointments are available and most insurances are accepted. Our offices are located at 175 S. Main St. in Centerville, Ohio and 1717 S. Breiel Blvd. in Middletown, Ohio. Phone:(937) 434-0540