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  • And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:11-12, ESV)

Archive for December, 2011

Join us for our Christmas Eve 2011 worship service. Celebrate the joy of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ through special music and the drama “A Shepherd’s Christmas.”

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that God can
bring the right answers to your life no matter what you are facing. His
ways are always better and higher than ours can ever be.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL ME TWICE

An early April snow had caught us by surprise here in the mountains of my
home. Flowers that had just popped out of the ground a week before were
now drowning in a sea of white. It felt like someone had turned back the
clock two months. Slowly it grew warm enough for the snow to begin to melt
in the late afternoon but soon the temperatures dipped again as the cold,
evening air turned the melted snow into ice.

Early the next morning I walked out to my cars. I needed to take my sons
to school and then had a 30 mile round trip to make after that. I wondered
which car to take. My little one had the better gas mileage, but the tires
on my bigger one were less worn. Just as I took a step towards my little
car, however, my foot slipped on a patch of black ice and I felt my body
hitting the driveway. I got up slowly and smiled. “You don’t have to tell
me twice God!”, I said before heading over to start the car with the
better tires. After dropping off my boys at school I made the round trip
safely. I felt my car hit patches of black ice several times, but each
time the tires gripped and adjusted well. I found myself laughing and
grinning even with my still sore left hip and shoulder. I was happy I had
followed God’s guidance and I felt loved and watched over.

God’s loving guidance comes in many ways. You can hear its gentle whisper
in your heart. You can listen to it come out in the touching lyrics of a
beautiful song. You can see it in the wise passage of a book. You can
notice it in an overheard scrap of conversation. You can feel it in the
quietness of nature. You can even get it when you fall to the pavement of
your driveway. However it comes to you, though, don’t turn away from it.
Don’t make God have to tell you twice. Listen to Him the first time. Trust
Him, love Him, and follow Him. He will take you to ever greater love, joy, and learning. He will keep you safe and lead you home.

By Joseph J. Mazzella