Thursday, January 30, 2014

Better Is One Day

Psalm 84:10 says, "Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere.  I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked."

How much do you enjoy coming to church?  Would you rather spend time with God's people on Sunday morning (or evening) than to skip it and do something else?

Girdwood Chapel's doors are open three times on Sundays (8:30 & 10:00 a.m. and also at 7 p.m.)   We'd love to have you not just VISIT us on Sundays; why not make it a HABIT, not out of any sense of obligation, but because you want to!

Your love for the LORD and your love for His people (that's US!) should compel you to want to attend church.  It is here you can join together with people from our community to sing, to pray, to listen, to learn.  We hope to see you here!

The video above contains photos from the last 15 years--
from a one-room building with an outhouse
to our present-day facility (with indoor plumbing)!

(Press the "arrow key" to play the video.)


Saturday, January 11, 2014

I Am Resolved ...

"Happy New Year!  Have you made a resolution yet?"

How often have you heard THAT this year?  Of course, the next question invariably centers around how long you think you'll actually keep your resolution, right?  The desire for change, for improvement, is a good thing, of course.  If anyone thinks s/he has reached perfection, well, s/he's got some pride to work on, right?

Take a closer at these resolutions, however, and many (if not most) concern self-improvement.  We'll lose weight, budget better, work harder, etc.  But how does a born-again Christian look at his/herself?  Are we content to merely improve our physical bodies? to develop new habits? break other habits? even as far as to improve/change our relationships with our spouse, our family, our friends, our colleagues?

As good as self-improvement is ... what about our relationship with GOD?  Does improving that relationship even cross our minds?  Are we content to let things stay as they are? Or could we get to know God better by talking with Him more often, by listening to Him speak to us through His Word and reading it more frequently, by consulting with Him first before we make plans, set goals, and come to decisions?

When I think of the word "resolution," I am reminded of the old hymn: "I Am Resolved."  The English language has definitely changed since the song was written.  But put your King James English thinking cap on and check the lyrics below.  Can you find something in them to make your Christian life resolution this year?

            I Am Resolved
Words: Palmer Hartsough, 1896. Music: James Fillmore

I am resolved no longer to linger,
Charmed by the world’s delight,
Things that are higher, things that are nobler,
These have allured my sight.

* Refrain:
I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.

I am resolved to go to the Savior,
Leaving my sin and strife;
He is the true One, He is the just One,
He hath the words of life.*

I am resolved to follow the Savior,
Faithful and true each day;
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth,
He is the living Way.*

I am resolved to enter the kingdom
Leaving the paths of sin;
Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me,
Still will I enter in.*

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