Flourish in ’23 is our theme. It is birthed out of God’s desire to bless his people.
As I pondered and prayed about our focus for 2023, I was bombarded with thoughts about the reality of life we face as Americans: inflation, a spike in energy, higher taxes, a labor shortage, a housing shortage, skyrocketing house prices, immigration, fentanyl, out of control government spending, political and social manipulation, a meta-narrative that does not fear God…
I thought, Are you delusional? You should be focusing on more relevant topics like: repentance, the end times and the coming judgment on America. No doubt these are difficult days…morally, spiritually and socially. But in the midst of these times, God’s desire has not changed. It is to bless.
Flourish is not a stagnant word. It involves motion: “to be in a vigorous state” Many people are stuck in routine, saddled by circumstances. How do you jumpstart a life that has stalled? It begins by getting rooted in the Scriptures; reading it, being saturated, cleansed and renewed by it. Make time and space for God to speak to you each day. Be part of a Bible reading plan. This year we are participating in the EPIC Bible reading plan. You can join a group at any time. Sign up at https://churchonthesound.org/event/virtual-bible-reading-2/
“For he shall be like a tree, planted by rivers of water – which brings forth fruit in its season. His leaf shall not wither and whatever he does PROSPERS.” – Psalm 1:3
Throughout the year we will be visiting topics on how to flourish. Make no mistake, flourishing is not a self-enhancement technique. That’s because there is a purpose to prosperity. God desires to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others.
Join the adventure. Flourish. Get planted, put down some roots. Don’t be a tumbleweed. Be a tree. (Check out the first 2 messages of 2023 – https://churchonthesound.org/sermon-audio-archive/ )
‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’