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I’ve had the opportunity lately to do some “star-gazing.” I look up in the night sky (when it’s clear) and I just stare at objects which I can see with my eyes. Stars, planets, moons — they’re all simply amazing. I think about their orbits, their color, and how distinct each one is. It’s amazing that there aren’t more collisions of things in space!! Not too long ago, the news was full of the “Halloween Asteroid” which was heading towards Earth. Scientists were concerned if the gravity of the moon or Earth would pull that object into a direct hit. As we now know, it passed us by. Nonetheless, it gave pause to think about this: “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.” What imagination! What creativity! What beauty (Earth is magnificent in its color)! Just think — He knows each of us by name. I find that a truly humbling thought!

This coming Sunday I’ll be speaking some “Tough Words” taken from Colossians 3:12-17. This is one of the passages which makes up 1/3rd of the most difficult passages of the Bible (the other two I’ll tell you at a later time). It’s part of my “Standing Tall in Perilous Times” messages and I’m looking forward to delivering it — hope to see you here for it!

If you haven’t been attending the Wednesday Night Bible Study then you’ve been missing out. Last night, it was led by Jerett Olson on Philippians 4. This coming Wednesday, December 16, it will be led by Santino Fortes (which usually means we’re doing some singing!). The Bible Study will not meet on December 23 or December 30. It will return on January 13 (when it will be led by Janice Austin).

2nd HARVEST FOOD BANK is coming up on Wednesday, January 6. We have about 10 spaces left for any who are interested in serving our community. Plan to meet at 4001 N. First Street at 6 p.m.

CHRISTMAS EVE service is coming up on December 24 at 7:30 p.m. Lots of special music, carols, and a short message as we prepare our hearts for a wonderful Christmas Day. Please invite your friends and family to join us!!

Have a great rest of the week — I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Love, Pastor Chuck