First Things for the First of a New Year

If ever we begin a new year without focus and direction, we will surely fail to know our purpose, to go through and end the year with any success. As a believer, a follower of Christ, we must start with wisdom and knowledge of Him and His teachings.

He left us with specific directions and expectations. As our Shepherd, He continues to lead us by the written Word of God and His Spirit. He teaches three specific things, first things that we need to know and remember at all times, especially as we begin a new year.

These “first things” are shared in our free ebook, First Things That Last Forever, as an introduction to the series Little Books About the Magnitude of God.

These books were originally written and published to preserve a legacy for our family of what the Lord has taught me for seventy-eight years. They are available here for anyone who desires to know how God’s presence and power work in the best and the worst times of this life. Jesus finished His work, left us His example and teachings, and has sent His Holy Spirit to reveal and fulfill the promises made through Him.

We invite you to begin this year of 2018 with these teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to share them with others.

The Lord bless you, keep you and lead you in the paths of righteousness this New Year.

Fran and Jerry

Gracious Father, as we offer this book to your people, we ask that you lead by your Spirit those who will accept this free offer, even as you offer eternal life through your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. I pray we all will continue to learn to focus on you as our heavenly Father, and what it means to hallow your name; to learn what it means to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness, and to love you with all our heart, mind and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. Bless us as your people in this new year for your own glory and our joy. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

18 thoughts on “First Things for the First of a New Year

    1. Lilka, thank you for the greetings; while praising the Lord for the blessing of sharing His gifts and the kingdom with you and others. Praying for your New Year, and looking forward to what He has planned for HIs work in you. As Julie sent blessings from the western part of the state to northeast Georgia, I pass the hugs and blessings to you in the eastern part.

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      1. I readily receive them Mrs. Frances! Blessings to you as well. I don’t know what our Father has in store for me this year but I am anxious to be obedient and trust Him more than ever. God cradled me through 2017. I have to give him my 2018.

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  1. Hi Francis, I just downloaded one of your books (paid for it). I have a sneaky suspicion I will be downloading more. Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your witness to the goodness of our Lord and beauty of the wisdom He has given you. I look forward to what I will learn as you share what you have learned. I think of you and Gerry often. There is a gentleness and beauty in your spirit that speaks volumes and I am in awe of your heart, it’s joy and contentment. God only knows what this new year will bring but I rest in the assurance that His will, will be done in all of us that seek His presence. Give my best to Gerry and you know I send God’s grace and blessings to both of you. – Bruce

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    1. Bruce, your words have touched this old heart and given encouragement needed for this new year. Without details, we have been for the last two months unable to write and don’t know when we will have time to share anything new. Hopefully, our books will continue to be a witness of the Lord’s grace, goodness and glory. Thank you for accepting our offer to share His blessings with you. I pray the Lord be with you and your family, in anticipation of His presence and power this year. In the love of Christ, Fran

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    1. Thank you. The Lord bless you as you begin the new year, to hallow HIs name, seeking His kingdom, His righteousness and His will, and that His love will flow through you, to return that love to Him and share it with others. The Lord is our greatest teacher.

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    1. Jo Ann, thank you for reading. You are a blessing and an encouragement. Hopefully things will even out soon and we can write again. Nevertheless, we praise the Lord for all His blessings this year. I will write the review for your book soon. Blessings for the new year.

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