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feeling and sense of<br />

belonging was<br />

kicking in.<br />

The Bible states in<br />

Ephesians 1:5-6, “He<br />

predestined us to<br />

adoption as sons<br />

through Jesus Christ<br />

to himself,<br />

according to the<br />

kind intention of His<br />

will, to the praise of<br />

the glory of His<br />

grace, which He<br />

freely bestowed on<br />

us in the Beloved.”<br />

That means we are<br />

family. That means<br />

the photo on the<br />

front page of this<br />

newsletter is a<br />

family photo. You<br />

are my sister or<br />

brother because of<br />

Christ and we have<br />

all been adopted<br />

into God’s family.<br />

Each face in the<br />

photo is a precious<br />

member of God’s<br />

family and each face<br />

has a story to tell of<br />

how God adopted<br />

them from the<br />

broken family of this<br />

world to the<br />

everlasting family in<br />

Heaven. I am so<br />

grateful to do life<br />

with you, and<br />

beside you, on this<br />

side of heaven! We<br />

have each other, as<br />

siblings, to love and<br />

cherish. We have<br />

Jesus as our elder<br />

brother and God as<br />

our father. You and I<br />

are not alone.<br />

I love to see God’s<br />

family progressing. I<br />

love to see your<br />

smiling familiar<br />

faces. I love the<br />

warm nostalgic<br />

feeling and sense of<br />

belonging I have as<br />

your pastor. I wish<br />

you and our future<br />

family members the<br />

same happiness.

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