Written by Bill Grandi on December 29th, 2023


The final Sunday of 2023 is rapidly approaching. I know…hard to believe. Right? But it is a fact that Christmas is over and 2024 is staring us right in the eyeballs.  In a few days people will be staying up and watching the ball drop. The only thing I watch drop is my eyelids as I go to bed at my normal time. Usually that time is around 9:00. I may actually push it to 10:00 but I’m not counting on it. 🙂

This sermon ends my theme of VICTORY for 2023. It has been an interesting year in many ways. I took my first ever foray into preaching on Revelation.  I started it on January 8 and preached to the end of February. I took a break for the months of March and April to take a look at Characters of Easter, then preached some on Joshua as I focused on Mother’s and Father’s Day. In July and August I went back to Revelation and got to chapter 13.  During that time Pastor Ryan and his family took a 7 week sabbatical. It was a super busy time for me, but I was able to be involved in some of the young people’s ballgames (I loved it). In September and October I preached a much-needed series on The God We Worship which culminated in the church’s 19th anniversary.  During the months of November and December I honed in on More Than a Holiday (Thanksgiving and Christmas being more than a holiday on the calendar). 

And here I am…the last Sunday in 2023 and finishing up by asking “What Does it all Mean?” You can visit my other blog, Cycleguy’s Spin, for a more complete idea of the sermon. I’d like to invite you to visit us online or in person this Sunday (if you live in or around Spencer or if you are visiting McCormick’s Creek State Park). We would love to have you. We have two services: on at 9:00 and one at 10:45. Both are live streamed.

Have a good end of the year and may your 2024 bring you closer to Jesus.  I will talk about the theme for 2024 in next week’s post on the Sunday gathering.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. I’d say you’ve had quite the busy and productive year, Bill! I’ve tried to subscribe to Cycleguy Spin, but it just won’t cooperate, so I’m happy when you put a link here. Feel free to keep doing so!
    Happy New Year!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Not sure why that is happening Martha. I will talk to Ryan about it and see what is up. Until then, I will be glad to post the link here. Thanks for caring and coming by. Happy New Year to you and Danny also

  2. Linda Stoll says:

    Yep, we’re with you guys! No midnight parties for us! Tim’s eyes will be closed by 10 pm … and if I hit 11 pm it’ll be a big night!

    Blessings to you and Jo in the new year. Grateful for your godly, wise input into my life.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You humble me Linda with your kind words. I appreciate your space as well. After the busy week, a sure-to-be busy weekend (Sunday stuff, wedding prep for a wedding on Monday) and I’m sure I will be “Lights out” by 9. 🙂 Ain’t if fun being old? Least we have an excuse!

  3. Cheryl says:

    You sound like us. Kevin and Zach were both in bed early. I did stay up and prayed the old year out and the new year in as I have done for as far back as I can remember. I thought back on all the years I did that with Mom and Dad and missed them extra that night. But so very thankful to see a new year ushered in, so grateful to still be alive and that my little family was with me and we are all still here to live in another year. God is so good. So much better to me than I will ever deserve. I praise Him.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      “Something you have done for as far back as I can remember.” WOW Cheryl! I admire that. And to do with your mom and dad when they were alive says much about them. I pray you, Kevin and Zach will all experience a new year filled with tremendous blessings from God.