Celebrate

It’s Your Party

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” – Matthew 18:12,13 Have you ever had a party thrown in your honor? Though some of us don’t like to be the center of attention, I’m certain that nearly all of us feel a deep sense of joy and gratitude when the people we love gather to celebrate us. Whether it’s a graduation, a birthday party, or a wedding, being blessed by our friends and family is a highlight of life. And while experiencing this joy on earth is a great gift, it can’t compare to the kind of

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Death Brings Greater Life

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” – Philippians 3:10,11 Well, we made it to the last day of 2020. I’m almost certain that there has never been a greater sigh of relief among so many as the end of a year approaches. Last January, as we made our resolutions and reflected on the days behind us, none of us had any idea what was waiting just months down the road. We’ve all been challenged, stretched, and tested in the past 365 days, and some of us have endured loss that is throbbing and stinging even now. Nevertheless, I am confident that as hard and unconventional as things have been this year, there has been a gift in the experience. One of the most

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Celebrate

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18 My grandpa said it best, “Life’s not fair but God is good.” You have friends and family in your life are going to be there for you as you get through whatever it is you’re going through. They’re going to be there with you, and so is God, and so am I. We’re going to celebrate with you when you cross that finish line. God isn’t done with you. The greater your pain, the greater your purpose. God will never let you suffer without some ultimate reason. It’s not that God sends the suffering, but when we go through the suffering of life, He’ll always pull us through and He’ll make us stronger, better, smarter, and more joyful because of it. Prayer Thank you, God, for always pulling me through. Thank you

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