…the righteous are BOLD as a Lion. Proverbs 28:1

I join you in welcoming 2018 with high expectations and anticipation. It is going to be a rewarding and historic year for all of us in the Oregon Ministry Network. There will be new opportunities, new challenges, new endeavors and new accomplishments. I am praying that we will all experience a new spirit of revival and renewal in our personal and public lives.

Acts 4, tells us of a prayer meeting of new believers who gathered to pray following Peter and John when they were arrested for preaching the Gospel in Solomon’s Colonnade in Jerusalem. After their release, Peter and John reported to the people all they had experienced. We read, After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” This prayer meeting ignited the believers and the apostles to continue to carry the call with even greater boldness.

This year’s theme word for the Network is “BOLD.” Boldness can be described as possessing an attitude of commitment, confidence and courage in the Holy Spirit. 2018 is going to require us to Live – Love – Lead Boldly. I am encouraging you to make this a year of bold action as God would direct you. Across Oregon, I envision tremendous things accomplished in this new year.

For some it will require bold adjustments to their current schedule.

For some it will require bold changes in personal disciplines or lifestyle.

For some it will require bold steps in increasing missions’ support and investment.

For some it will require bold conversations regarding an unresolved issue.

For some it will require bold actions in remodeling a current church facility.

For some it will require bold transitions to a new ministry opportunity.

For some it will require bold commitments to launch a new ministry effort.

“Be bold, be strong, For the Lord your God is with you.
Be bold, be strong, For the Lord your God is with you.
I am not afraid, I am not dismayed,
Because I’m walking in faith and victory,
Come on and walk in faith and victory
For the Lord your God is with you.”
Morris Chapman

What bold step do you need to take in this new year?

God doesn’t want us to be shy with gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. 2 Timothy 1:7 (The Message)