Still Developing: Engage the New Year with eternal purpose

Many people use the beginning of the New Year as a time for a fresh start as they seek new opportunities to begin positive habits. The airwaves and internet are bloated with infomercials from the latest outlook guru, diet program and exercise routine, all offering to radically change your life for the good. “Eat different, exercise different; shuck the encumbrances that have encroached into your minds, lives and waist sizes.” Enthusiastically, these evangelists of change aggressively, with repetitive mind-numbing sales pitches, hawk their wares and hypnotize millions of otherwise sane people into buying unproven programs that will collect dust in the garage in a matter of months. Ultimately, these purchases lead only to a change in the size of our wallets. “…for the training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” I Tim. 4:8 (HCSB) While health-conscious lifestyle choices are wise, what will change your life for the best is a healthy relationship with Jesus. Why not use the New Year as an opportunity to change not only your life but also the lives of this generation and multitudes in the future?  A commitment to attend Sunday School or small group at your church, tithe regularly, volunteer for service opportunities at church before you are asked, read your Bible daily and commit to share the Gospel with someone every week—just those commitments would radically change most of us and the churches we attend for the good. During the New Year, you will be faced with financial choices. Starting the New Year with a pledge toward the Falls Creek Centennial Campaign would enhance the ministry of the Falls Creek Conference Center, which means more people coming to know Jesus as Savior and Lord. Almost 2.3 million people have attended Falls Creek in the past 97 years, with more than 250,000 total decisions recorded during that time. Of those 250,000 decisions, 61,000 were professions of faith and more than 34,000 decisions were calls to ministry. Since the opening of the R.A. Young Tabernacle in 2007, 51,000 young people have heard God’s call in that hallowed place. Included in those 51,000 decisions, 17,000 youth answered the call to salvation and 8,000 answered the call to ministry. These numbers of decisions are quantifiable and measurable investment returns for your charitable dollar. Your monthly pledge to the Falls Creek Centennial Campaign is easy to schedule, and would provide for change that will last and also provide for lasting change in people’s lives. Your gift to the Falls Creek Centennial Campaign will not collect dust in the back of a closet or garage. Your gift will, in fact, change the face of Oklahoma and the world. More missionaries have been called from Falls Creek than any other place on the face of the Earth. The projection is that Falls Creek could potentially host an additional 40,000 people each year when the Jordan Welcome Center, Thompson Family Lodge and Mathena Family Event Center are completed. An increase in opportunity is something you can help fund through your gift to the Centennial Campaign. All the world offers is five easy payments of $19.99 with free shipping, but no real guarantee of a changed life. It’s for certain that when people come to Falls Creek, they will hear the Gospel and have the chance to respond to the call of God and engage the New Year with eternal purpose. Contact Marty Harkey for more information about your gift for the Centennial Campaign at 405/516-4868, mharkey@bgco.org, or...

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