Church in the Acres
1383 Wilbraham Rd.
Springfield, Massachusetts 01119
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A message from Pastor Chris:

Resolutions With An Eternal Perspective

So, Christmas is now over and as we head into the new year, many people are already thinking about making a New Year's resolution. Lots of people resolve to quit smoking or drinking. Others resolve to spend more time with the family, or manage their money more prudently, or make a better effort to reduce their debt. Many people resolve to eat healthier, exercise more, or lose weight.

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, approximately 50 percent of the population makes resolutions each New Year. (For comparison, about 30 percent of Americans watch the Super Bowl.)

But for all the good intentions, only a tiny fraction of us keep our resolutions; Several research organizations have calculated statistically that just 8 percent of people achieve their New Year's goals. That means 92 percent of people who set out with good intentions each January fail! Maybe that is why 38 percent of Americans absolutely refuse to ever make any New Year's resolutions!

Essentially, people have a desire to be a better person, but often we listen to self-help gurus who tell us to harness "the power within yourself" to make changes. Self- help gurus tell us if we reach down deep inside WE can do it! I believe this is emphasizing the wrong thing! Every time I rely on MYSELF to do the right thing, I end up messing things up royally! I have learned that I need a power OUTSIDE myself to come inside me and change me to become a better person! I need Jesus inside me!

At this time of the year it would benefit us to think about 1 Timothy 4:8. Yes, all these goals and exercise are good ideas, but we are just dealing with the symptoms, and avoiding the source of the problem. The problem is that we need heart change! The solution, if we pay attention to Timothy, is to focus on Jesus and focus on things eternal, and God will change us, fixing the source of our problems, our heart problems, and lessening our need to make these New Years resolutions.

Timothy instructs us to keep exercise in perspective: "For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." The vast majority of New Year's resolutions, even among Christians, are in relation to physical things. This should not be. Resolve to fall in love with Jesus! When Jesus has your heart, He will give you the desire to change everything else, and then HE will help you change it.

Many Christians make New Year's resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, and to attend church more regularly. These are fantastic goals. However, these New Year's resolutions fail just as often as the non-spiritual resolutions, because there is no power in a New Year's resolution. Resolving to start or stop doing a certain activity has no value unless you have the proper motivation for stopping or starting that activity. Ask Jesus to help you put Him first. Ask Jesus to help you fall in love with Him!

Psalm 37:5-6 says, "Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." This is a resolution that has eternal ramifications. As we close this year, I want to thank you for calling me to be your pastor. I pray God blesses you in many ways in the coming year!

In The Lord's service till the last fish is caught,
-Pastor Chris

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What We Believe...

  • We believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • God the Father is the Director of all.
  • Jesus, the perfect God and perfect sacrifice is also the perfect Savior.
  • The Holy Spirit IS God and lives within us when we become a believer.
  • God created us and gave us jobs/roles.
  • We believe the Word of God, was created by the God of the word.
  • Sin entered the world and we all have sinned and fallen short of God's perfection.
  • Jesus paid the price for me and you! Amen!
  • Jesus makes eternal life possible.
  • Once accepting Christ, this life is our opportunity to walk the walk.
  • The church is an organism not just an organization.
  • Jesus is coming again- Amen!

This is not all we believe, but we realize as you consider visiting a church you'd sure like to know what it is they really believe and we hope this gives a snap shot of who we are. The What We Believe page can give you a more detailed explanation of each of these points.

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