Embracing the New
Ecclesiastes 3:1,5 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.” Events, experiences, and life all happen in seasons. There are cycles and ebbs and flows. What goes around comes around. History repeats itself. It’s deja vu all over again. One generation passes on, and a new one arises. The moon has its phases, there are days and nights, planting and harvesting, and summer gives way to fall, etc.
The church at New Franklin Assembly of God is entering into a new season. It is an exciting season, with new vision, fresh gifts, a fresh outpouring of the Spirit, and with a new pastor and his wife.
Looking back, when we first came, we were very warmly welcomed, and supported.
The Board, congregation, and I were able to build together. We became one in vision, and unity, in harmony, and in one accord.
Take notice of the words in Mark 16:20 “the Lord working with them.” The word working is the Greek word energy, and the word with, is syn, or together. We get the English word synergy from this which means a cooperative action or force.
There is nothing impossible to a people who work together in unity and harmony. In the negative, the Lord said in Genesis 11:6 of those that built the tower of Babel, “and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” In the positive the Lord says in Psalm 133:1,3 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! For there the Lord commanded the blessing.”
Synergy – working together