Rev. Mark Kincaid retired from the United States Army in 2002 and went into full time ministry. He and his wife Madbely, have a daughter, Yanishel, still living at home; and are blessed to have three more adult daughters and four grandchildren. Pastor Mark and his family arrived in Dade City, Florida in June 2016.
Pastor Mark served in the army for 25 years; is a combat veteran; and served with the 1st Infantry Division, the 1st Ranger Battalion, and 3rd, 5th and 7th Special Forces Groups.
Pastor's January 2018 News Letter
WOW!!! 2018!!! It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Some accomplished a lot in 2017; however, many lost a lot – jobs, loved ones, relationships, skills, health, and the list is endless. Some look forward to 2018 with anticipation, while many dread what 2018 may bring – loss of employment, loss of relationships, loss of health, death, war, and once again the list is endless. People continue to question, “Why did this or that happen?” “Did God cause this?” “Was this a sign for us?” Perhaps for you, 2017 was a hard year, and you’re coming into this New Year hoping for something new, or a fresh start, for ourselves, for our community, for our country or even for our world.
The practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back over 3,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the start of a new year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. In reality, there is no difference between December 31 and January 1. Nothing mystical occurs at midnight on December 31. The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. However, if a Christian determines to make a New Year’s resolution, what kind of resolution should he or she make?
Common New Year’s resolutions are commitments to quit smoking, to stop drinking, to manage money more wisely, and to spend more time with family. By far, the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, in conjunction with exercising more and eating more healthily. These are all good goals to set. However, 1 Timothy 4:8 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; however, shouldn’t our focus be on Christ and the spiritual? – On the eternal vs. the temporal?
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. For example, why do you want to read the Bible every day? Is it to honor God and grow spiritually, or is it because you have just heard that it is a good thing to do? Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to honor God with your body, or is it for vanity, to honor yourself? When God is at the center, your resolution has the best chance for success.
So, what sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? While improving my prayer life; Bible reading and Bible Study; finding a capacity to serve the Lord in the church; living right as a positive witness everywhere I am and go; inviting people to church are all worth pursuing – I would make my priority to follow the command of Christ in Matthew 28:18-20 – “… Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” As we go along in life, make disciples everywhere and of everyone! Model discipleship, share Christ, and encourage and teach others. Get plugged in to Bible teaching and bring others with you! Obey His commands – Make Disciples; Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; Love others as yourself!
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
John 15:5 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”