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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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Week two in the series….

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Recently, I received some information about a couple who are doing missions in Costa Rica that got my attention for several reasons. First they are not only from the Marion, Ohio area but Luke’s family are old friend’s of my wife’s family. Also, I understand how financially and emotionally challenging being in missions can be. It is not a life you choose but a life that chooses you by God’s calling. Their ministry is currently under a huge strain of lack of financial support and I can’t imagine how that pressure must feel.

At the time I heard about them, I was doing a message on missions at our church on missions and contacted them to put together a video about what they have going on. As I watched the video and saw first hand the work they are doing, I was really taken by the multiple areas God is using them. One thing that really excited me was seeing them pull up in a SUV, open the back gate, and start feeding the people lining up from the streets for free food. While this is going on, Luke is standing and reading the Bible out loud as they minister to the spiritual and physical needs of those they serve.

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About eight years ago, I was a youth pastor with a group of about 30 kids. One night, as we were talking about salvation, one of the kids talked about his view of salvation. Once he came to the Lord, he was ready for heaven. However, when we you sin (tell a white lie), you lose the salvation until you ask for forgivness and get it back. What a stressful and unBiblical way to live and I felt for him as he spoke about the back and forth relationship. Being a reader, I gave him Brennan Manning’s book “Ragamuffin Gospel” and as we talked more, he had a more complete view of God’s grace. I wish I had this book at that time as well.

Dr. Jeremiah offers a tapestry of stories from the life of John Newton (author of the hymn Amazing Grace), the apostle Paul, and the Scriptures to paint a picture of the grace that God offers us. It beautifuly inspires us to dive into His love while being people of grace ourselves.

If you have struggled with a picture of a troubled, mean, and judgmental God that you can not relate to, may I suggest you may not have yet met the God who offered His Son due to His love for you? Maybe it would be worth taking the price of a meal at Applebees and get a new vantage point. It would be worth the read….

I recieved a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10: 9

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