Christian Celebrities, Pastors, and Faith Leaders Share Reflections and Encouragement as They Welcome the New Year

Hollywood celebrities, popular pastors and faith leaders shared their reflections and messages of encouragement for the new year as they said goodbye to 2019.  

The following list includes messages of goodwill and advice from seven Christian celebrities and faith leaders as they welcomed 2020.

1. Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, released a video and written new year message on Instagram, saying:

“For many people, New Year’s Day is about making resolutions. For some it might be to make more money. For many it’s about trying to be more healthy, a better diet, losing weight, or exercising more — but unfortunately those resolutions are usually short-lived,” he wrote on Wednesday morning.

“As we get ready to enter a new year, it is good to stop and take a look at where we are, not just physically — but, more importantly, where are we spiritually. As each year ticks by, that is one less year we have to accomplish what God has put us on this earth to do,” he added.

The popular missionary said many Christians are not sure of what their purpose is and their search sometimes causes them to drift, so he wanted to bring in 2020 with a piece of advice.

“I want everyone to know that God does have a plan and a purpose for their life. As you come to the new year, it’s not about making a resolution, but instead, PRAY and ask God to help you this year to be in the center of His will. Ask Him to help you to be that man or woman He wants you to be. Pray that you would be swift to listen to His voice and slow to speak. That can make a difference in your 2020!” Graham maintained.

 

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For many people, New Year’s Day is about making resolutions. For some it might be to make more money. For many it’s about trying to be more healthy, a better diet, losing weight, or exercising more–but unfortunately those resolutions are usually short lived. As we get ready to enter a new year, it is good to stop and take a look at where we are, not just physically—but, more importantly, where are we spiritually. As each year ticks by, that is one less year we have to accomplish what God has put us on this earth to do. Many people, even Christians, aren’t sure what their purpose is. They’re drifting, searching but not knowing what they’re searching for. I want everyone to know that God does have a plan and a purpose for their life. As you come to the new year, it’s not about making a resolution, but instead, PRAY and ask God to help you this year to be in the center of His will. Ask Him to help you to be that man or woman He wants you to be. Pray that you would be swift to listen to His voice and slow to speak. That can make a difference in your 2020!

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2. Roma Downey

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Roma Downey shared a quote from her company Light Workers for the new year to remind everyone of the immeasurable love of God.

“The thing about God’s love is it doesn’t come earned. There is nothing we can do as humans to increase God’s love for us, nor is there anything we can do to lessen His love for us,” Downey shared on Twitter.

3. Pastor Brian Houston

Hillsong Senior Pastor Brian Houston posted a video message describing 2020 as a “year of breakthrough. Have the best NY eve or NY day, wherever you may be.”

The worldwide church leader encouraged people to begin 2020 “full of expectation and hope.” Houston also advised viewers not to focus on circumstances but instead believe in “breakthrough and answered prayer.”

 

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2020 a year of breakthrough. Have the best NY Eve or NY day, wherever you may be.

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4. Pastor Joel Osteen

Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, who’s known for his inspirational sermons kicked off the new year with a “2020 blessing.”

“You are blessed, prosperous, redeemed, forgiven, talented, creative, disciplined, focused, confident, secure, equipped, empowered, anointed, accepted, approved, not average, not mediocre, you are a child of the most high God,” he wrote on Instagram along with a video message.

Osteen said he and his wife, Victoria, want people to know that they can let go of the old and except all the new coming in 2020.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law