This last year has finally drawn to a close. There have been many struggles, but here have been victories as well. We have watched as loved ones have passed to their eternal reward, and we’ve shared the joy of new births.

Our year began with ministerial intensives, and has ended with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. We celebrated together in youth camps, women’s retreats, men’s retreats and children’s training conferences.

We’ve watched as children have started school, and others who have graduated from college. Our churches gathered in meetings all across Tennessee, and have gathered corporately in our bi-annual state convention.

As I write what I believe will be the final post of 2007, I would like to share with you the words of the great Apostle Paul:

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,” (Philippians 3:13)

With this scripture in mind, we should cherish all of the victories, and also cherish the lessons learned by hard times and loss…but, we must look forward. Our goal should be “constant values and sharpening focus,” understanding what we believe, why we believe it and drawing all of our attention to to fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives. Yes, you have a purpose, and God gave His best so that you be filled with hope, joy and anticipation.

Our prayers are that 2008 will be your BEST year ever. Happy New Year!