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"The Forty-Day Word Fast" by Tim Cameron
Love and encouragement to you all from your Presiding Elder and First Lady. As we enter into 2020, you may hear talk of our also entering a new decade, but this is debatable. Steve Warren, in his article "New Decade Begins 2020? or 2021?," written for Christian Broadcasting News, raises the issue "that decades begin with the year ending in the numeral 1 and finish with a 0." If you were counting to ten, you start with 1 and end with 10, so one could make the case that 2020 is the end, not the beginning, of a decade. That would be an interesting discussion to involve our children in. One thing is for certain Salisbury-our time is in God's hands! Psalm 31:15 says "My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me"(NIV).
We need to confidently represent Jesus, who's coming as the Messiah inaugurated "the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:19-KJV). The Apostle Paul also tells us "now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation"(2 Cor.6:2-KJV). Spreading the news that Jesus saves to the utmost is always a most timely endeavor. So let us not waste time in 2020, as our churches and district groups continue the work of the conference year. Let us use the gift of time wisely. Charles Wesley spoke of this in the second verse of his hymn "A Charge to Keep I Have," when he said "to serve the present age, my calling to fulfill; O may it all my powers engage to do my Master's will."
Joanne and I ask for your continued prayers during her recovery. Your love and support is so encouraging. We do have a book to recommend, as usual- "The Forty-Day Word Fast" by Tim Cameron. This book is subtitled "A Spiritual journey to eliminate toxic words from your life." We are encouraged to use "several biblically sound mechanisms to help change our words and change our lives." Our vocabulary can be altered for the better, and our heart transformed in just forty days. This fast is an excellent way to start 2020!
In His Service,
Dr. Grant Harrison, Jr.,
The Sensational Salisbury District
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