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November 8, 2017 

Prayers for Sutherland, Texas
 
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A Happy Wednesday morning to y'all!

Wow!  What an awesome stretch of fun, relationship-building, disciple-building ministry we have going on around here!  I hope you're buckled in as we continue to move into the plan God has for us - you know, the one He can see clearly but we continue to take 'the next right step' toward - that plan!  I am excited to see it unfold...which reminds me of something that happened this past week. 

It was 'City of Hoschton Chili Cook-off Day' and I came down to support our very own Buddy and Bette Green with their APC Championship Chili!!  (They took third overall by the way - and there were some guys who came in with their special bus and their special booths and all, but Harold just had good chili - sitting at a card table in his fishing chair - he did pretty dang good representing us!)  Anyway, I pulled in and saw my stepson Joel and daughter-in-law Michelle headed into Simply Southern so I stopped by to say hello to the Greens and then went to say hey to them.  I walked in and Michelle (she is the Director of Piedmont CASA so knows lots of folks) introduces me to Tabitha, who owns the store as 'the Pastor at Arbor Pointe Church.  Tabitha lights up and tearfully shares with me the story about how her dad has cancer and had received a basket from us this past spring (remember 'baskets of love') that had a card that told him how we had prayed for him.  He couldn't believe how folks who didn't even know him would do that!  It had a huge impact on him.  She shared how he is currently in remission and hopes to get to come visit us one day soon.

We don't always get to see the impact that we have on folks.  In fact, we rarely do.  I will tell you, though, that Saturday was a great reminder God is at work here - using all of us in different ways to show people His love.  Continue to be the Salt and Light this world desperately needs!  

Oh - about ASP - I included a picture of our crew at Mary's house.  Mostly because I wanted to show you how prepared Kaden was for any eventuality!  It was a great time and much got done.

And "Jonah" actually did get caught by the Prius whale after spending Sunday morning running from God...you can run but you just can't hide when God is calling you!!

TONIGHT at Worship On Wednesday, we are going to go through the 5 elements of a blessing for family.  What a difference it would make in our lives if we had someone proclaiming God's blessing over us from an early age through all of our lives.  I was reading up this week on blessings and found that several parents have a weekly blessing they give to their children - a weekly blessing!  How cool is that!  What if we regularly gave a Godly blessing to our children? Spouse? Significant Other? Friend in need?  I think it would be powerful!!

Tonight we're going to learn how to give that kind of blessing.  Hope you can join us!!

Sunday we move into some of the tools that Jesus gives us in the Sermon on the Mount that enable us to live the kind of life He is asking of us with a particular focus on The Lord's Prayer.  

And we'll celebrate Veterans Day!
Good stuff!!

Have a blessed and amazing day!
Mike


PS - I heard a rumor that Batman and The Penguin might be showing up on Sunday...it's just a rumor but you never know - sometimes they turn out to be true!
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