Pastor’s corner: Ron Swaim
As the year progresses, the energy of a fresh start seems to fade away and the reality of routine seems to take over once again. One undeniable truth that I have come to realize is that man can’t tame all of his wild horses on Jan. 1. The second undeniable truth that I have to share is that God’s mercy is not an annual event slated for the first day of January. His mercy is “new every morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: Great is thy faithfulness.”
As time goes by, I believe there is a greater need for God’s mercy. While the world itself may be heading for certain destruction, a virtual landslide of worry and wickedness, the choice of living under the “mercy of God” is a solitary decision for you to make. Problems may arise in your community or even in your household, but God has an open invitation for you to join Him in a place of residential security and stability. Psalm 91 says “he that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide (live) under the shadow of the Almighty.” In that “secret place” there is not only an everlasting stream of the mercy of God flowing into your life, but there is also the security of His abiding presence. It is a place where you can be sure nothing in this world can get to you, unless it comes through the merciful discretion of God the Father.
With one prayer your citizenship can be transferred to the secret place of God’s neighborhood. Something like this: God, I give you my life; forgive me of my sins, and let the sacrifice of your Son be applied to my life, in Jesus' Name.
— Swaim is pastor at Cornerstone Family Worship.