HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2021!
WOW!!! We made it in. With the help of the Lord, we look back on 2020 with joyful anticipation of the prepared blessings for us in 2021. As we stand on the doorstep of 2021 while looking back on the events of 2020, we can give a sigh of relief and say "we made it through". Through all the trials and tribulations, heartaches and headaches, stress and strain, tears and turmoil, pain and passion, but we made it. God has demonstrated to us how powerful His hand is in the lives of His children; and how capable He is of taking care of us, even in the darkest of nights and cloudiest of days. Many people entered this year hoping to see it to the end but they were not able to see the close of this year. But we are here, do you ever wonder why we are here – it is by God providence we are here to do His will, our lives have purpose and destiny, we have unfinished business to do for the Lord.
With all that has happened this year, all the unprecedented circumstances, those trying times that pushed us to the limits of our being. We have been resilient, creative, and patient, we have had to make changes in every phase of our lives that we would not have made had it not been for the pandemic. Even with all that has happened – it happened "one day at a time"… we were ordered to stay home and be safe, day by day, we listened to the news and heard updates on the situation, we sat anxiously at home or work hoping for change, hoping for some relief but it did not come fast enough. We cried out to the Lord for Him to care for us, for Him to cover us, for Him to keep us safe, for Him to be with us, to be with our families, our co-workers, our Church, and He heard the cries of His Children and to see about us.
But all that has happened, took place "one day at a time". We cannot look beyond today, the circumstances we will face "TODAY' is for our development as a Christian, the situations we will confront in 2021, as much as we would like to not face them, will build our character. As much as we would hope our situations will pass we have to endure them but "one day at a time". One of the most overlooked promises of the Lord is, "as your days so shall your strength be". He promises to give us strength for whatever we face on any given day. As we face each day in 2021, we will have the strength to get us through it, one day at a time. God in His infinite wisdom gives us "days" to live our lives, one day at a time. So I Challenge us to "carpe diem" seize the day, enjoy the present, live each day fully in the goodness of the Lord.
Your Son in Christ,
Johnny M. Vance
Our desire at Mt. Carmel is to be a church family that is rooted in the Word of God and prayer. We aim to exalt God though authentic worship, to demonstrate Christ's love for mankind in a tangible way, and to prepare disciples to carry out the redemptive ministry of Christ in our neighborhoods, in the City of Dayton, and the entire world.
"We are the Lord's People, in the Lord's House, on the Lord's Day"
To exalt the Savior, evangelize sinners, and edify the saints. Victorious Living Though Christ
1 Corinthians 15:57