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Dear Friend,
Summer is almost over and soon it will be fall.  A new school year had begun and we need to be much in prayer for our students and teachers.  Pray that each Christian will be a light in this dark world and a witness to God’s grace.  Thank you to all who participated in our Teacher Appreciation Dinner.  The teachers were very grateful and it was a blessing to have the opportunity to encourage and show our support.

During the past few weeks I have been personally enjoying reading and studying the paradoxes found in the scriptures.  I want to give you a list of some of them and the Scripture references.  This list is composed of twelve general paradoxes and nine paradoxes concerning Jesus Christ.  So for twenty-one days you can read one a day for devotional thought and encouragement.

General

1.  Of finding one’s life, yet eventually losing it                                               Matthew 10:39; John 12:25

2.  Of losing one’s life, yet eventually finding it                                              Matthew 10:39

3.  Of being unknown, yet being well known                                                  2 Cor. 6:9

4.  Of dying, yet possessing life                                                                         2 Cor. 6:9

5.  Of dying, yet being able to give life                                                             John 12:24

6.  Of being sorrowful, yet always rejoicing                                                   2 Cor. 6:10

7.  Of being poor, yet making many rich                                                        2 Cor. 6:10

8.  Of having nothing, yet possessing all things                                           2 Cor. 6:10

9.  Of hearing words that cannot be expressed                                             2 Cor. 12:4

10. Of being strong when one is weak                                                           2 Cor. 12:10

11. Of knowing the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge                    Eph. 3:19

12. Of seeing the unseen                        2 Cor 4:18

Concerning Christ

1.  He hungered, yet fed multitudes                                                                                                          Matt. 4:2; John 6

2.  He thirsted, yet is the water of life                                                                                                      John 19:28; 4:14

3.  He grew weary, yet is our rest                                                                                                              John 4:6; Matt. 11:29-30

4.  He paid tribute, yet is the King of Kings                                                                                                 Matt. 17:27; Rev 19:16

5.  He prayed, yet hears our prayers                                                                                                       Mark 14:32-42; John 14:13-14

6.  He wept, yet dries our tears                                                                                                                John 11:35; Rev 21:4

7.  He was sold for 30 pieces of silver, yet redeems the world                                                         Matt. 26:15; I Pet. 1:18-19

8.  He was led as a sheep to slaughter, and yet if the Good Shepherd                                            Isa. 53:7; John 10:11

9.  He was put to death, yet raises the dead                   John 5:25; 19:33

I know this will be a blessing to you as it has been to me.  Many in our church family are facing difficult circumstanes that can seem overwhelming.  Remember to lift one another in prayer this month as we seek to serve.

Love in Christ

Pastor Mike Jones