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Daily Bible Reading

How are you liking the daily readings? If you follow our reading plan listed in the right column, you'll read through the bible in chronological order. We have read 62% of the bible thus far. It's not too late to start. We'll soon be in the New Testament and will finish on May 27, 2022.

Let me throw out another challenge for you. Read the one chapter of the gospel of Luke each starting December 1. You will finish the book on Christmas Eve. It should give you a greater appreciation for the birth of our Savior.

For those of you who are following our plan, what have you learned? I've been intrigued at how hard hearts become as people turn their backs on God. In Jeremiah, we see him speaking on the Lord's behalf numerous times pointing out Israel's sin and the judgment to follow. And yet, they didn't listen to him or the other prophets speaking for the Lord.

Do you do that? Ignore what the Bible tells you, don't listen to the Holy Spirit, or forget what you've learned in church? I pray that as a member of our church and a follower of Jesus you don't follow the example of Israel and refuse to listen to God.

What about our church? Can a church refuse to follow God's mandate of making disciples? If we do, could we be judged and sent into exile? Does God discipline a church when they fail to follow his guidance? I am coming to believe a church can end up in exile with God's hand of blessing off of it until it repeats and returns to Him.

Are we there? Stay tuned for more insights on this subject. The plan is to take a reality check in January and find out. Pray for the church in the meantime.

Glory To God Alone!

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God Bless Our Veterans

As I write this, today is Veteran's Day. Thank you to all of our veterans!

This week is also the anniversary of my father passing away 5 years ago. He served in the Army between the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Because he'd known others who fought in both of those wars and in World Wars 1 and 2, he never felt he should be called a veteran. He never saw combat and did not want to be included in with the group of those that did. He told me once those who fought should be honored, but he didn't consider himself a veteran.

Five years ago on Veteran's Day, my dad was in Hospice care. A local veteran group came to the hospice center with crocheted blankets they made to give all the veterans who were near death. As they came to my father's room, my mother told them not to bother because my dad didn't consider himself a veteran. The chaplain talked to mom about my dad's service. He told her they were honoring him as a veteran because what he did, though not in combat, helped those that did see action. He was important!

A lot of our service men and women go through life as unsung heroes. They never brag or boast about their time in the service. They, like my father, want to fly under the radar. To those veterans I want to say "Thank you!" Whether you saw combat or not, you are important!

Happy Veteran's Day!

Glory To God Alone!

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Are You A Doubter?

Doubters Welcome! That's the name of a tract I saw years ago. It was written for those who are doubting if they were really a Christian. The tract pointed out that it is good for a person to be doubting. That meant one wanted to know for sure what their eternal status is. So, make this day the day your can point back to know the issue is settled was the whole idea of the tract.

The tract went on to share the gospel in simple terms. God created a perfect world for us to live in with Him. However, sin destroyed God's ideal world and brought brokenness to the world. No matter how hard we try to get out of the fallen state, we can't on our own. God's solution was to send His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and be raised from the dead for our forgiveness of our sins. When we trust in Him as our Savior and Lord, we have eternal life to spend with Him in heaven and a joy filled life now.

I remember the day I prayed to receive Christ as my Savior back in 1971. From day forward, I knew and know that I am a Christian. One of verse has helped me with that confidence and it is this month's memory verse.

"I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." 1 John 5:13 (CSB)

May God bless with assurance when you doubt. And remember, Doubters Are Welcome!

Glory To God Alone!

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