Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:1-4


Have you heard the phrase, “new year, new you?” You see a variation of these advertisements everywhere through commercials or social media posts trying to sell you on something that will make your life better.

Can I make a confession? I’m a sucker for “As Seen on TV” products. Don’t judge me. I blame it on my dad getting these fun items as stocking stuffers every Christmas at a young age. I remember getting the Ove Glove one year. For those that might be clueless on this item, it’s simply an oven glove that is heat resistant. These items are supposed to increase your quality of life or help you find a better sense of happiness.

Every year seems to bring an anticipation to make improvements to your life. So, no matter whether I am taking time to reflect on my personal or professional aspirations to make my life better, I have found this is a good time to reflect on where am I spiritually and where I long to increase my faith in Christ. Which spiritual practices or rhythms do I need to establish or start? Is there anything I want to stop doing?

Where do I need to slow down and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to refresh my soul? As followers of Christ, we have access to experience his presence every single day in every moment or circumstance. These daily moments are opportunities to deposit God’s promises into our minds and heart. Guess what? As we experience his presence in our life, we will find that the Lord is guiding us and sending us on a mission to help others experience this life-changing relationship with Jesus.

Finding time to reflect and refresh daily with God will be one of the best tools for your soul that no material thing can ever fulfill.

Allow your faith in Christ to refresh your soul and increase your faith in 2019.

Scott Bartlow

Pastor of Campus Expansion


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