The Steadfast Love of the Lord, Lamentations 3:22-23

The Steadfast Love of the Lord, Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

Dear HLPC family,

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We enjoyed spending time with our family, including my parents who came over for a brief visit just before Christmas.  Coming back into the church office after a week off feels as if I’ve been gone for months.  I look forward to reconnecting with our church family!

A new year brings with it fresh hopes.  It may mean a fresh start to an exercise program or a diet.  This may be the year I don’t hit the snooze and start my day earlier.   A new year with a fresh start is good for us for all kinds of reasons.

In truth, the Lord, in His mercy, gives us a fresh start every morning- not just when the calendar goes from December 31 to January 1.  As Lamentations reminds us, “His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.”   That’s the God we know, love, and serve. Here’s another way of putting it, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Let’s all be encouraged to realize we don’t need a change in calendar year to find a new beginning. That good news is available for us to claim every day, every hour, every moment, yes, every second.  May God help us live out the new creations in Christ He has made of us.  May that evidence itself as we are new men, new women, new husbands, new wives, new students, new . . . whatever!  May that newness come out in our renewed love for Jesus and renewed joy in Him.

Your Pastor,


Paul Bankson

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).