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October 2022 Pastor’s Note

From 95 to 45, I’m not talking about the speedometer on my car, it’s the temperatures in Kentucky. Fall is definitely here and I am enjoying the cooler weather. We enjoy the outdoors at our house, even in the cooler weather. We will soon start building fires in our backyard so we can cook hotdogs, roast marshmallows, and enjoy spending time with our family and friends.

If you’ve ever tried to start a campfire and keep it going, you know it has to be done just right. You’ll need the proper materials and some skill. A great campfire starts with some kindling. Then add some dry wood piled up just right — you have to allow for proper airflow to get the flame going good. And of course, your power source, something to light it up with.

Discovering our God-given gifts and abilities takes the same careful attention as starting and maintaining a campfire. Our gifts from God are ignited when we believe and use them for His purposes.

Because God wants us to “fan [our gifts] into flame,” He gives us exactly what we need to identify and develop them: a spirit of boldness, power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:6-7).

The fire God ignites when we use our gifts cannot be contained like a campfire. Allow it to grow into a bonfire that all can see!

Romans 12:11-12 tells us,

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Never let the fire for Jesus in your heart go out! Keep it alive by faithfully praying, reading the Word of God, and being obedient to what Jesus is calling you to do.

In Christ, Pastor Jeff


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