Jan/2018 - Presidents Message:
Happy New Year Tri-State Blue Knights! 2017 is now in the books. Good or bad, no matter what your opinion of 2017 is,
it's history now. We survived it, and hopefully learned from it. It made some of us happy, some sad, some stronger,
some just barely hanging on, some smarter, some not so much. All of us were changed in one way or another.
We all should know more than we did a year ago. Hopefully most of us will use our accumulation of experience and knowledge
to improve our lives and those around us. We are limited only by our lack of faith in God, Jesus Christ, ourselves
and our family and friends. Don't be that person, you are better than that!
What makes the start of a new year so special? For most of us it the possibility of a fresh start. Usually that begins
with a New Year's resolution or two, or more (if needed). A New Year's resolution must be a serious one.
One designed to improve you or your life. Resolutions to eat more pizza or to drink more beer don't count, (those are wishes, not resolutions).
They start out with "This year is going to be different, I'm going to.... ", and progress to "at least i'm trying to",
and end with "oh well, at least I gave it a shot". As I write this on 01-03-2018, many of us have already broken one or more resolutions,
and most of will have forgotten about all of them well before spring arrives, (in 95 days). We start off with the best intentions
in the world, and for numerous reasons we can't maintain that commitment and level of excitement we experienced at the start of the New Year.
A explanation of why we fail so often can be found in the book of Isaiah 40: 30-31. "Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men
stumble and fall; but those who hope in The Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint". This statement is echoed in 2 Corinthians, 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the the new has come!" A conformation of this comes in Ephesians 4; 22-24, "You were taught, with regard to your former
way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by it's deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds,
and to put on the new self, created to be like God, in true righteousness and holiness.
These three scripture verses identify the problem we face not only with keeping our New Year's resolutions, but why we continue to
constantly fail and fall short of achieving our full potential. Quite simply, we try and do it ourselves. We think we know it all,
and often too late we realize we don't know diddley squat. We live life on our own terms. Jesus Christ is not a friend, confidant or ally,
but just a aquaintence. Someone we have heard of but don't truly know. Someone we turn to in the most desperate of times, instead of on
a daily basis. Jesus is not a first responder ! He doesn't show up just when you dial 911, He's ALWAYS there. It's because of Him you
have the good times, and because of Him that you can handle the bad times. Until each of us develops a personal daily relationship with
Jesus Christ, we will continue to fall short of reaching our full potential. It feels like something is missing from our lives, and we
will drive ourselves crazy trying to find it. (a short trip for some of us), but something is not missing from your life, SOMEONE is.
As we continue our journey in 2018, there are two scriptures that will point us in the right direction.
The first is Matthew 7: 7-8, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened". The second scripture is again
found in the Gospel of St, Matthew, 19:26, "Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible".
My prayer for each of you in 2018 is that for those of you who have a daily relationship with Jesus Christ you will strengthen that bond.
For those of you who are still working on that relationship, you will come to know Him better and to trust him fully. Give Jesus a ring,
but don't make it a 911 call !
On a lighter note, the burning question is,"How much longer will you continue to write 2017 on your checks?"
Faithfully yours in Christ,
The Holiday Party:
The Holiday party is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13th at the VFW. Drinks from 6-7 Pm, dinner from 7-8Pm,
and our legendary gift exchange to follow. Due to the generosity of member Dave Pelligrini, the pistol he
won in our recent gun raffle has been donated back to the chapter with instructions that each member get a
ticket to win that gun at the party. Only members will receive a ticket to win the gun. There will also be
a special raffle of a limited edition of Bookers bourbon from Jim Beam bottled especially for the Blue Knights.
Ticked will be $5.00/chance or 5 for $20.00. All proceeds from this raffle will bennefit the
Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans. The cost of the party is $20.00 per person. Checks (one for each person attending)
can be sent to Odie or given to him at the December meeting. Members attending will receive their check, or
cash back at the door. Guests are $20.00 and there is no limit to how many a member brings.
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