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Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:4-5
Once again we find ourselves waiting for updates. We are captured by the news. We are scrolling through our phones looking for stories.  We can't help but to be moved by the pictures and the footage.  While observing all of this again we ask the same question..."When will all of this stop?"
 
We live in a nation where our freedom of expression has become our path to destruction. We have shared our feelings and opinions on social media to the point that we offend those that we thought were our "friends." Basic statements of opinion turn into cultural differences, deep seeded hurt and offense. We have become our own worse enemy. 
 
There's no doubt that we live in a dark world. Yet, in the middle of darkness, the light and hope of Jesus breaks through. Yes we are saddened that this senselessness took place.  We hate that evil exists. But we should be incredibly grateful that a day is coming when every tear will be wiped away and there will be no more tears (Rev. 21:4).  I, for one, am thankful for the light of Jesus that overcomes all darkness.
 
It is during difficult days like this that we find ourselves lifting up a short and brief prayer. We pray for the families. We pray for understanding. We pray for direction. 
 
On days like this communities turn to their faith. For a moment there is an embrace and a moment to connect. There is a moment to gather, discuss and to pray.
 
Take a moment this week within your community to say a prayer. Pray for one another, for victim's families, and for our nation. 
 
Pastor Jeff
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The Best Version

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The Best Version of Me!
 
How do I include God in the various aspects of my life? Is God a true priority in my daily activities? In what ways does God provide meaning to my work, marriage, family, possessions, ministry, and personal interests? Am I striving to be "the best version of me that God created?"
 
Our study in Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 brings us to an often difficult section to wrap our minds around.  If you have read ahead in the scriptures you know exactly what I'm talking about and you could understand why some might want to obviously "shy" away from this section. Shying away will not be my intent this week rather there is much to learn and to take away from this very illustrative section of scripture.  
 
The fact is, in order for you and for me to be "the best version of me that God created"  we need to enjoy what God has given us while we can. There is no guarantee that we will have our health and loved ones tomorrow. Therefore, live your life with enjoyment today! And remember satisfaction in life is found by enjoying God's blessings.
 
The teacher (Solomon) concludes this section by observing that life is too short to worry about behavior, miscues, or shortcomings. The challenge becomes that we need to learn to be submissive to our great God for He alone knows the end from the beginning. He is the only sovereign One.  God is the potter and we are the clay - the clay that He is shaping to be..."the best version of me that God created."

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