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Newsletter of the Month

September 2013


Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, "How can I help?" That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn't make it easy for himself by avoiding people's troubles, but waded right in and helped out. "I took on the troubles of the troubled," is the way Scripture puts it.
Romans 15:1-3 (The Message)


Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,


In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we say, "Hello!" We rejoice with you in the knowledge that Jesus Christ is alive and well, sitting on the Throne of Heaven at the right hand of God the Father. And, He is flooding our lives with the hope of Heaven by the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit...drum our very hearts. Isn't it so very precious that we can be separated by so many miles, even beyond the reaches of the Universe, and still be encouraged together with each other and with Him in His love for us! How poignant is the truth that we glean from Romans 8: nobody can separate us from His love!!!


Yes! He lives in the depths of our being and with all who put their trust in Him. He never fails. He loves us with an everlasting love. His mercy endures forever. And, as sure as the reality of these eternal truths are, it sure is refreshing to hear this confession from someone else, to witness this faith in their testimony and to share the joy of this reality in our relationship with them, isn't it?! Especially when our faith and our love for Him is tested by suffering and loss.


Do you ever get discouraged? Does the bright flame of hope flicker and fade at times? Do the wondrous stories of Jesus' power seem a bit remote when you are taken by the surprise of some misfortune or pain? We're sure you can relate to these questions at least to some degree. Listen to this note from a godly pastor:

"Ask the Lord God to increase your powers of sympathy: to give you more quickness and depth of sympathy, in little things as well as great. Opportunities of doing a kindness are often lost from mere want of thought. A personal note with half a dozen lines of kindness may bring sunshine into the whole day of some sick person. Think of the pleasure you might give to someone who is a shut-in, and who has fewer pleasures than you have, by sharing with them some little comfort or enjoyment that you have learned to look upon as a necessity of life, - the pleasant drive, the new book, flowers from your garden, etc. Try to put yourself in another's place. Ask, "What should I like myself, if I were bent by age, or sick, or lonely?" Cultivate the HABIT of sympathy."  George Howard Wilkinson, 1833-1907 (edited for clarity)


We want to thank you sincerely for your thoughtfulness for us in your prayers and financial support. And we hope this letter encourages you in your fruitfulness for our Lord Jesus Christ. You being who you are, it would not be surprising if while reading this brief letter He has brought someone to your mind who could use a little sunshine about now.


Blessings to You,

Jerry and Dar

Jerry and Dar Johnson


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