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Worth the Expense

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This is a very expensive time of the year for the Charles family. In the space of six weeks we celebrate Mother’s Day, our anniversary, my birthday, Father’s Day, and Cathy’s birthday. Our budget line for “gifts given” takes quite a beating this time of year.

But do you think we mind? Of course not. Is it hard to keep to our budget with all these celebrations? It certainly is. What motivates us is our shared love and joy of being together.

That’s the way it is with our love of Christ. He has done so much for us that we’d do anything for Him. Making Him a priority in our schedule to talk to Him, worship Him, praise Him is an easy choice. Giving to Him, finding a place of service, encouraging others in Him are simply opportunities for expressing our joy.

I love celebrating together! See you in church on Sunday!


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Something to Celebrate

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This is a great time of the year! The snow is melting, the trees are starting to bud, the flowers are coming, and soon we’ll be wearing windbreakers! And it’s the Easter season.

         It’s disappointing that Easter takes such a backseat to Christmas. Is it the presents? Is  the food better? Maybe it’s because there aren’t any Hallmark movies about Easter? Aren’t both holidays supposed to be about Jesus, after all?

If we had Christmas without Easter, we’d just be celebrating the birth of a miracle-working wise man. And we’d still be lost in our sins. Sure, we might still party in December but we would have no ultimate hope for life.

I’m so glad we take this time to focus on and celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. This is where Christmas was pointing us. This is where hope is. The debt has been paid! We are forgiven! The God of the Universe frees us Himself and invites us to live with Him forever! Something to celebrate! See you in church on Sunday!


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