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January Newsletter

Happy New Year! Now that we have come through another Advent season, it is time for us to think about plans, goals, direction, and purposes for 2023. It’s always helpful to pause, consider the times, and make plans for the future. Accordingly, Pastor Jerry, the elders and I have been spending much time in December thinking, planning, and praying about what we need to do, going forward.

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December Newsletter

Luke 2:8–11, “8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’”

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November Newsletter

1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This morning, I had the opportunity to spend a few hours in my tree stand. I love this time of year. The leaves are beautiful, displaying the glory and splendor of God’s creation. The air is cool, but not yet winter-like cold. The deer are active, scurrying about to feed and getting ready for the winter season. I try to get to my stand 45 minutes or so before daylight. While it’s dark there’s not much to do but relax and enjoy the peaceful sunrise. It’s also, for me, a great time to pray. As I surveyed the landscape as the sun was coming up, my heart was full of thanksgiving. It gave me quite the time to make a very long list of all the things I’m thankful for: my wife, our kids and grandkids, my siblings and in-laws, our church family, more close friends than I could ever even count, a Savior who gave His life for me, the promise of eternal life, good health, a safe home, and opportunity to simply be active in the woods. Most of us find that November is a great time to be thankful, and wisely, President Abraham Lincoln established the plan that our whole nation would take time, every year, to give thanks (https://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/ lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm). Naturally, most of us think of November as the time to give thanks, and rightfully so.

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October Newsletter

Matthew 18:1–5, “1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, ‘Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me.’”

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August Newsletter

As Christians, one of the primary ways that we grow in our faith is by and through regular Bible study. We cannot know what God expects us to do without regularly reading His Word and studying it. You can read the Bible and study it for many hours a week. You can seek to understand what the author originally meant to his intended audience and you can do your best to fully understand what the Scripture is saying. These are important and necessary actions that every Christian should take on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

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