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We have been blessed because we have had a warmer January than usual this year. I am not a fan of the cold weather so this month has served as a reprieve from the typical cold that we usually are made to endure at this time of year.  Our stockpile of food for King’s Kettle has been slow to grow this month.  Last year we had probably double or so compared to what we have accumulated this year.  There are some that want to see me canned so there is a real possibility of that.  Hopefully you sign up for the meal on 2/9 to see the possibility of me wearing the soup can. It’s definitely for a good cause. 

We have a couple more studies in Genesis to complete, and then we will be moving onto a new topic.  Unfortunately I never was able to find a study on biblical food yet, so I have to push that study to the back burner.  It may turn out that this will be something that I have to research on my own for a possible study.  Good chance we will simply move over into Revelations with
John MacArthur study material.

If you did not realize it, we are playing volleyball again this winter.  We have a member of Shippensburg that is willing to open the church and allow us to play volleyball in their Family Life Center on Friday nights.  Next month we are playing on Friday 2/7 and Friday 2/21.  Please come out if you are interested in playing.  We only play pick up games so you do not have to be great at volleyball to participate. 

Our study on context has been going well.  Hopefully, you have come to see the importance of reflecting on the text from the context in which it has been written.  To often, we have willingly misused text for our own selfish purposes.  I discussed that I was guilty of misusing Matthew 7:1. I used it and placed it in a context that actually worked for me when in arguments and things of that nature.  Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,  so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  Notice that Paul did not say that some Scripture is inspired by God and some is not.  The individual studying God’s Word should understand that with the Scripture being inspired, one can safely understand that the context is also inspired.  Context serves as a fundamental part of the text.  Appropriately then, the one studying Scripture should avoid those contextual errors that one can encounter when they are not considering the entire breadth and width of the text. 


Until the Whole World Hears,

Pastor Leon Davis