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In him we also have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in keeping with the riches of his grace, which he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. - Ephesians 1:7-8

Next week when we gather for worship, we’ll hear the following portion of Luke’s gospel:

Jesus said to his disciples, “For that reason I tell you, stop worrying about your life, about what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. Certainly life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap; they have no warehouse or barn; and yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds! And who of you by worrying can add a single moment to his lifespan? Since you are not able to do this little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. But I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was dressed like one of these. If this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will he clothe you, you of little faith? Do not constantly chase after what you will eat or what you will drink. Do not be worried about it. To be sure, the nations of the world chase after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need them. Instead, continue to seek the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added to you.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

If you’re anything like me, waiting can be hard.  It seems that waiting is quickly becoming a lost art.  If there’s something I want, Amazon can have it at my door in a couple of days or less.  If that’s too long to wait, I’m about half an hour drive from some store in the area that will undoubtedly have what I want.  It only takes a matter of minutes between placing my order in a drive thru to taking my first bite.  Many customer service problems can be solved 24/7 online.  Higher speed limits deliver us to our destinations faster than ever before.  Simpler and easier sells, and companies are constantly trying to outdo each other in convenience.

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,  to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”  Ephesians 4:11-12 

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