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January 5, 2017

It seems like it has been such a long time now. At first the house was a
little farm house, rough in appearance, and needing a lot of work.  It
started out as a vision of what it could become, and I started the process
that would transform it into a place that I would want to live in.  I had
the vision, but many who saw it, felt it was beyond repair, and that it
should be leveled and started over.  Yet something in me wanted to keep the
old, and to remodel and to add to present state.  Through the months, it was
hard to see what the end product could and would become, yet the vision was
still clear.  Now, as I look over the product close to being finished, I can
see the result of what I had hoped it would look like.  I am not
disappointed because even though what it was to become was not known, I knew
what it was supposed to be like.  As I look back on that project, first
starting, I must admit  that the vision was cloudy most of the time, but I
waited, wanting to see the finished product.  As I looked to the future, I
could only see it like through a fog, for the present image kept the
finished product from my sight.  As I now stand in front of what will become
our house, I have thoughts on my life the same way.  When I was young, I
knew what I wanted to be, but could not see it in the future.  As I grew,
what I thought I would become still stood as an elusive fog stretched before
me.  As I journeyed through each day however, I became more aware of what I
was becoming, yet could not see still what I would end up as.  It wasn't
until I became a believer, that I started thinking different thoughts, and I
no longer needed an image of what I was to become, and to reach for.  Christ
was my focus, and now that I look back on the years of being a believer,  I
can see that He has been changing me constantly on this road to eternity.
He is preparing me not only for the journey yet to be traveled, but now
allowing me to see glimpses of the end product more clearly, like I can see
the finished product of my house.  When I read what the Apostle Paul wrote
to his student Timothy, I understand: "For I am already being poured out as
a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close. I have fought the
good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. There is
reserved for me in the future the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to
all those who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4: 6-8   Then  right at
the close of his letter to Timothy, he writes: "The Lord will rescue me from
every evil work and will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him
be the glory forever and ever! Amen. v 18 Do you have a vision like that?  I
wonder if I have fought the good fight, and I know in my heart that I have.
Although I haven't finished the race yet, I can see a glimpse of the finish
line.  It has helped me see the things that are really important to me?
Building a house has served as a reminder that it is the Lord who builds the
house, and you and I will one day be the finished product.   We all are
being built and remodeled, as we head toward the completion of the journey.
All along the way are those who stand beside, encouraging, and strengthening
us by their faith.  What do you see when you look down the road of your
life? Are you like the house being built and suddenly the end becomes clear,
or do you still have a ways to go yet?  We are all being built into a
spiritual house on this journey, and it is amazing to look at when we get
glimpses of what we will become, for we will be like Him.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, Thank You for the brief but wonderful images of what You
are making us into.  I pray that we will fight the good fight and continue
to run the race hard.  You have given us a new purpose by Your Salvation,
and have given us a new heart to see things the world does not get to see.
I pray that You  Lord, will touch the lives of those I lift to You today. I
pray that You will bring healing and strengthen these temples of Your Holy
Spirit, so that we will have renewed strength for the continued journey.  I
pray for: the Schneider family, Dwight and Sammi, Clara, Cathy, Shannon,
Roy, Brent's grandfather, Starla's mother, Carol, Gene, Terry, Angie,
Isabel, Pam, William, Carrie, Ada, Rheba, Mary, Veronica, Douglas, Fritz,
Dan, Dillon, Tara, Kristena, Kristen, Don, Carolyn, Jackie Ann, Mike S.,
Barbara, Candace, Meredith, Abe, Ramona, Ben, BJ, Ida, JV, Nada, Eva, Kelly
and her son, Corbin, Robert, Pat, Ryan, Fred, Dotty, Scott, April, Tracy,
Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Matt, Liz, Matt, Bethany, Mike, Megan, Jeff,
Laura; Lord, I pray for Michele, and Tim, Carmello, Kaitlyn, Alex, Ken,
Lynette, Patrick, Kathy, Jennifer, Montella, Nancy, June, Pastor Berkey,
Harriet, Shelbi, Fisher, Marlaina, Cynthia, Loren, Mike, Pam, Jerry, Gary,
Diane.  Lord, I pray for strength for the rest of this race, and I pray all
of this in Jesus name.

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