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It comes down to one key truth that allows us to escape from the drudge of the world and the struggles of the muck and mire. How do you get it? How do you keep it? How do you enjoy freedom in your life?

These are the questions we will be studying as we look at the final chapter of 1 John and the testimony of a man who the world lost just last year, Brennan Manning.

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As we continue the study through 1 John, we dive through another helping of John reminding us of the depths of God’s love for us as well and what it means in our lives. There are rights, privileges, and an identity you have (or could have) by being a child of God.

At the same time, there are ways to negate, reject or hinder these as well. What types of choices or actions can keep you from having the fullness of God in your life? These are some of the things we will be reviewing and letting the Spirit move into.

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I remember when I was in Thailand that we visited one of the local schools. The school treated us very well and while we were having lunch, they had two of the school girls come in and play violin for us while we ate.They played beautifully and we really appreciated their talent and effort.  However, that’s not where most of my attention was.

Off to the side was a woman in her mid-thirties. At first, I thought she might be their music teacher since she came in with them and was helping the kids. However, after a very short amount of time, I came to the conclusion that the girls must be sisters and this must be their mother.

There was just something in the way she looked at them. The amount of love, care, and pride in her daughters was just busting through. I found it beautiful how she was leaning forward the entire time they played and was the first and loudest to clap for and encourage them (even when they made minor mistakes).

This is how God looks at you today if you have accepted Jesus as Leader and Forgiver in your life.

If you have not, He is reaching out to you in a desire to bring you to Him.

I found out later, the mom was a single mother and their life was not easy. She had made a connection with the pastor’s wife from Bible Church Thailand and said she lived close and would visit. I pray they do …

“…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Romans 10:9-10

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Our associate pastor, Brent Longstreth takes us into week two of our study through 1 John and a greater love! As we brush up against the topic of loving others, we are challenged to look at the key of personal transformation. Have you been transformed by salvation through accepting Jesus Christ as Leader and Forgiver in your life?

As Brent reminds us, The greatest thing God will ever do for us, He has already done when He gave us His Son.

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As we come together to celebrate Father’s Day (by honoring men who have made a positive difference in our lives), we go deeper by looking at the place of showing honor in our lives today.

Who do we honor? What keeps us from doing so? Is there power in our lives by honoring others? What difference does this mean in our spiritual lives?

There’s a lot of questions that most of us have not even thought of asking. Dig into the Bible with us and see what we find together.

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To be honest, I can not tell you too much about this one without digging into the whole meat and potatoes. Let’s just say if you have not been following along in the study, this is the one that is the heart of the series. If you have, this is the main truth that brings all of it together. I hope you dig in!

While this study completes our series, it also leads into the beginning of the Christmas season and our focus of “Out of the Manger”. Come celebrate Christmas with us! (www.outofthemanger.com)

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