Happy New Year!

By Cailey Morgan

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Happy New Year!

There’s something about turning the page on a new season that opens the possibility for new hope for the future. I don’t know about you but I am so ready for an opportunity to disengage from the patterns and ruts that I’ve gotten myself into over the last year and begin afresh.

I was reminded by a colleague recently, however, that as Christians, we follow a different calendar.

New Year in December
Yes, on one level I am talking about the Liturgical Calendar, which provides a way for us to live into the story of God throughout the year. The first Sunday of Advent is the first day of the Christian or Liturgical year. Anticipation of the Incarnation becomes the starting point, not personal goals for self-betterment, or stirring up willpower to achieve a better you.

No—for God’s kids, New Year’s Day is a day to cease striving and to wait. It’s a day to put all our hope in Emmanuel who is coming to ransom us, captive in our sins and in the atmosphere of sin around us that threatens to suffocate us until the breath of the Spirit comes.

Everyday A New Day
On another level, we as Christ-followers have access to New Year’s Day every day! As Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” We’ve all messed up, some of us deeply, in the past year, month, week. Yesterday. Today already. But every time we turn away from our heavenly Father, there are two arms open wide to receive us back. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:19).

If you’re looking for a way to reconnect with the Lord in this new calendar season, try opening the Psalms each morning for the next couple of weeks, looking for times when the Psalmist uses the word “morning.” There’s a strong theme of God’s unfailing commitment to us, as well as the constantly-failing commitment of us to Him, and the opportunity—daily—to re-align ourselves to the God who has covenanted with His people, promising to never leave nor forsake us.

What to Look Forward to in 2015

by Cailey Morgan

Happy New Year!

I can tell you that all of us at CBWC Church Planting are anticipating great movement in 2015. We are thrilled to now have a staff presence in each of our 3 regions. We are digging deep into what church planting means and how to offer the best support to our existing church plants, but also equip new planters and help all churches in our CBWC family realize their potential for multiplication.

This excitement will be spilling onto our blog as well. You can look forward to–and participate in–these three new developments:

  1. Book Reviews: In the fall, we launched a book review initiative wherein anyone willing to read and review a book for this blog will receive that book for free. The book reports will be trickling in soon, and will be posted throughout the year as a resource for you.

    By the way: this offer is still open, so email me today (cmorgan@cbwc.ca) to get your book!

  2. Philosophy and Action: Shannon, Joell, Ron and I really are grappling with the philosophy behind church planting and how to best express and live out God’s plan for the growth of His Kingdom through local communities of His people. We’re engaging these issues through the Scriptures as well as seminars and books from people who have gone before us, so you can expect some of our conclusions–and certainly many of our questions–to appear throughout the year.

    Please, please enter these conversations with us! Your input is crucial.

  3. Ministry Photos and Mini-Updates: This element is where we really need your help. It is such an encouragement to see and hear what churches and people are up to in ministry, and I love sharing these types of stories on our blog. However, we don’t know the stories even exist unless you tell us! I’m always accepting photo and/or story submissions, and am even available to help you craft your article if it’s helpful.

Thanks for your readership and participation!

Give me a call (604.420.7646) or email (cmorgan@cbwc.ca) to discuss anything I mentioned here.