January 2017








A new day a new year, a time of new beginnings. A time to work, to play and an opportunity to do our father’s will. January 2017 is upon us. Many watched for the ball to drop. I wonder how many of the ball watchers are looking with that much anticipation for the coming of the Lord? The announcement is already out! Jesus is coming again. It may be morning, night or noon, but he is definitely coming

again. Will you be ready for His coming? He is coming as a thief in the night; no other warnings will be given. The trumpet will sound and the dead shall be raised. Those of us who are watching for His return will be changed as we are translated from where ever  we are to be in the presence of Jesus!

All of this will take place in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. 2017 holds a lot of promise of change, yet it also holds a question about lives. Will we overcome in the face of the enemy? Or will we succumb to the powers of the forces of evil? We live with the powers of evil all around us. The psalmist says

“A thousand may fall on one side and ten thousand on the other, but the terror shall not come near thee.” The changes we make in 2017 will not hold a candle to the changes we will make

when the trumpet sounds. The Lord has spoken a peace in my heart for the year 2017. He will send peace even in the midst of the storms. I have gone through my share of storms in this life

and I know that my Savior is the peace- giver. “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with pace” (Psalms 29:11). Without question I stand on the foundation of the word of God and it shall not fail. Together we stand taller than the mountains. In the presence of the Lord we shall not fail. Are you going through various battles? Take heed in 2017 and let the Lord give you

peace in the midst of the storm. May God Bless 2017 Your Pastors,

Rev. Richard and Rosie Deckard

What’s Happening

January 1 marks the beginning of our

43rd year of pastoring at Highland

Faith; it also marks the beginning of

the 43rd year for Highland Faith

Assembly of God!


Jan. 1-4, Prayer and Worship. Sunday,

the 1 “, we will begin at 6pm; the 2-4,

the services will begin at 7pm.


Sun., Jan. 15, 5 p.m. Mtg of the Church



Sun., Jan. 15,5 p.m. DIVAs will meet

with Rosie.


Tues., Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Annual Church

Business Meeting


Begin 2017 in Worship! Come Worship

and Grow with us!



New Year!






Rita’s Review


Beloved pastor and Bible teacher Ray Stedman, who was pastor of a California church for forty years, once told his congregation: “On New Year’s Eve we realize more than at any other time in our lives that we can never go back in time … We can look back and remember, but we cannot retrace a single moment of the year that is past.” Stedman then referred to the Israelites as they stood on the edge of a

new opportunity. After four decades of desert wanderings by their people, this new generation may have wondered if they had the faith and fortitude to possess the Promised Land. Their leader, Moses, reminded them that they had seen “every great act of the Lord which He did” and that their destination

was “a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year” (Deuteronomy 11 :7, 12).

On New Year’s Eve, we may fear the future because of events in the past. But we need not remain chained to our old memories. We can move ahead focused on God. Just as the Lord watched over the

land and His people, so His eyes will be upon us. God’s faithful care will extend to every day of the new year. We can count on that promise. -David McCasland God holds the future in his hands

With grace sufficient day by day; Through good or ill He gently leads, If we but let him have His way. – Rohrs

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