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December 2021

My goodness! What a year 2021 has been.  The craziness of the pandemic that began in 2020 carried through to 2021 with more mask mandates, and vaccine mandates, and new variants of the virus.  

The evening news reports daily FBI raids on American citizens, parents are being labeled “domestic terrorists”, and the government wants to spend trillions of dollars we do not have.  “We have also experienced major economic changes that have affected our daily lives with growing inflation, gas prices rising, and food prices rising. There are ships with import goods just sitting out in the ocean, causing shortages of all kinds of products—and the list goes on and on.

Thinking about all of this could make a person put their hands over their ears and yell, “PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!!”  Many have spiraled into depression and despair, crippled by fear and hopelessness.  Many throw themselves into distractions and addictive behaviors trying to escape all this craziness.

You may be thinking, “Wow, what a depressing way to start a Christmas letter!”  Yes, when we look at the mess this world is in now, it can be depressing.  However, the mess this world is in is not a whole lot different from the mess the world was in when Jesus was born. 

 History records that at the time of Christ, Israel was a poorly-run, repressive Roman colony that had been conquered. Most of the rulers were not so good.  About 2 million of the world’s five million or so Jews at that time lived in the Jerusalem area.  The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem were puppets of the Roman government.  A handful of merchants, high priests and leaders lived in luxury, while the vast majority of the population lived in poverty.  The local government was corrupt, inflation and lawlessness were high, and peasants paid huge taxes to absentee landlords and corrupt Jewish priests.”    

It was at that point in time, God sent Jesus, his son, to be born of a virgin.  Prophets foretold that his coming would change everything.  Angels heralded his coming by declaring that his arrival was, “Good news of great joy to all people!” Many thought, “Could this man Jesus be the one we have been waiting for that would be a source of hope and joy to all people?  Could he really do anything to make our lives better?  

When Jesus began his ministry, many saw the answer to these questions.  In the book of Acts we are told that, “…Jesus went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed by the devil.” (Acts 10:38)  He healed the sick, cast out demons, and even raised the dead.  He demonstrated to the people what God and his Kingdom were really like. 

Do you think the people who had contact with Jesus found him to be a source of hope and joy in the midst of their dark oppressive world?  Absolutely!!! And Jesus is still the source of hope and joy for today’s crazy, upside-down world. Jesus actually said as much to those who followed him. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer (take heart-NLT), I have overcome the world." (John 16:33 NKJV) 

  

Yes, the world we live in is in a mess, but as Believers, we do not have to be without hope, joy, or peace in the midst of it.  Our hope, joy, and peace is IN JESUS—who has already overcome this world.  That means we can overcome all the yuck in this world too.  How do we do that?  “For every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give the victory. {5} And the ones who win this battle against the world are the ones who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 5:4-5 NLT) 

   

In light of this, let’s ask ourselves the two questions we pose to you each year:

  1. Is Jesus and His Kingdom the absolute top priority in my life?  If we can pinpoint anything that has crept in to that #1 spot, determine to put Him back in first place.

  1. Am I closer to God now than I was at this time last year? If we cannot honestly say that we are closer to God now than at the beginning of this year, some adjustments need to be made in our lives--immediately.

It is as plain as day in the Scriptures that as we keep our faith IN HIM, we can navigate this world full of hope, joy, and peace. So we say to you, “Stay IN HIM—and have a hopeful, joyful, and peaceful Christmas!”

Pastor Rick and Dwila Flynn

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At Word of Life Family Church GOD'S WORD is a priority!
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Romans 10:17

PRAYER is a vital emphasis!

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now..." Philippians 1:3-5 NIV  

Shouldn't we experience HEAVEN on earth?  That only happens as we live a SPIRIT-LED life.

Welcome to Word of Life Family Church

This is Pastor Rick & Dwila Flynn with Little Ryler, his mom Jessica Martin & dad Jeremy Martin & Rick's sister Joan!

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We are Making DISCIPLES who are ESTABLISHED in the WORD, WALKING in the SPIRIT, GROWING in FAITH, TRUE to their SPIRITUAL DNA & changing the world!

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    Word of Life Family Church - Rockwall
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    Rockwall, Texas 75087

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    P. O. Box 675
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    Always, Always, Always BE HOPEFUL!

    Always, Always, Always BE HOPEFUL!

    Faith gives SUBSTANCE to the things we hope for (Hebrews 11:1).  That is BASED on the Word of God.

    Proverbs 13:12 tell us that: Hope that is deferred, that is prolonged or delayed, makes the HEART sick.  But when the dream is fulfilled it becomes a TREE of LIFE!

    Finally:

    Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) Let us hold fast the CONFESSION of our hope without wavering (seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it -AMP; hold tightly to the hope -CEV; We must continue to hold firmly to our declaration of faith -GW; hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm -NLT), for He who promised is faithful.

    (MSG) Let's keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.

    Keep CONFESSING the WORD, hold tightly the CONFESSION of your HOPE!

    Be blessed!