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Newberry Notes begins a new chapter this year. Lori Mundi joins me this week to discuss the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus shared with prayer, sacraments and worship to prepare for a personal revival during 2014. Mrs. Mundi is an Ordained Minister with the International Holiness Church. She serves as Minister of Music and Co-Pastor of Glory Tabernacle in Newberry with her husband, Pastor Joel Mundy.

I love the New Year. It encourages us to release the past and embrace the future. It provides a moment to pause and consider our goals and plans, our hopes and dreams for the New Year. This is the time when many people are making New Year’s resolutions; they are making decisions, determining areas of change in their lives. They are setting out to make firm decisions.

I really feel in my heart that it is decision-making time. Many people are reflecting on their lives and recognize their need to change in various areas. Take for instance our health — numerous people choose nutrition, diet, become a member of a gym to exercise, and other processes to gain the benefit of health.

The word of God says in Joel 2:14: Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the Lord will arrive.

How does all this relate to the Scripture? Set up the Tabernacle on the first day of the New Year. It was about a fresh start for the children of Israel. They had just come out of captivity and great bondage. It was their New Year and they were making choices to put God first.

Moses expedited the building of the Tabernacle and it was built according to all the specifications God had given him. It was the house of worship. The place was where God would meet with his people. The Word of God says in the book of Exodus that “God’s glory fills the Tabernacle”.

God’s plan was a hidden mystery. He was working this redemptive plan. God’s plans were about redemption and reconciliation of mankind and the restoring back to us what sin had severed. God was establishing a way where he could come again and preparing the way for His son who would come and walk this earth among men.

The Word says in 2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.

Our new year: Let us have our spiritual houses set in order so that the Glory of the Almighty One would inhabit the garden of our hearts so that God may walk with us, talk with us, and the joys we share, none other has ever known. Choose this day whom you will serve!

Jesus first, others next, self, last brings the only tranquility in a less than tranquil world. The gift of Jesus is for all who will receive Him. If we accept the Gift, it’s ours for eternity. Because God so loved the world, He gave His Son to mankind forever. Jesus is a gift you simply receive and accept Him as Savior and Lord. Through Jesus comes salvation, joy, peace, healing, prosperity, happiness and every other good and perfect gift. Receiving Jesus will make 2014 your best New Year!

Let us share this good news with others, and begin a new chapter in our lives — experience the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus, sharing prayer, sacraments and worship to prepare for a personal revival during 2014.

The mystery of the New Year remains!

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