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I mentioned at the beginning of the Advent season that this time of the year would pass by in a blink.  Here we are finishing the holiday season, and we are heading into January already.  We have a full month for January.  We will be back playing winter volleyball on Friday nights at Shippensburg COB.  This year we may have two other churches involved; First Church of God and Shippensburg Church of the Nazarene.  We will be playing on 1/11/19 and 1/25/19.  Our games will start at 7:00 p.m.

We will also be having a spaghetti meal benefiting the Burkepile family on January 19th.  Please clear your calendars to come and support Roy and Mary in their time of financial need.  The meal is going to be from 4 to 7 pm in the evening.  We are not selling tickets.  We will keep feeding people as long as there is still
spaghetti.  I would like to thank our sisters and brothers from our host church, Shippensburg COB as well as Newville COB for their willingness to donate some of the food and use of their building.

The 2019 Souper Bowl Challenge is starting on January 1st so start bringing in your donations!  We will be having a friendly competition with Shipp COB, 1st COG and Shipp Church of the Nazarene to see who can collect the most cans up to Feb. 3rd.  All donations will be given to the King’s Kettle in Shippensburg, which feeds over 400+ local families.  We will all join together for a celebration meal on Feb. 10th at 5:00 pm at Shipp COB. Let’s join together to “tackle” hunger, help feed those in need (& also help your pastor stay out of the soup can….)

We will begin the New Year studying Genesis.  We will be studying from a John MacArthur guided study.  For me, John MacArthur is one of the premiere Bible teachers of our time.  It is not a video study, but I believe that we will all learn a lot from studying through his workbook.  We will be studying Genesis 1-11.

I will also be preaching from Genesis.  We will begin January looking at Isaac’s dysfunctional family.  Our preaching series will start in Genesis 25 with a look at Esau and Jacob’s birth.  I never did a series in Genesis, but there is a lot of life application in Genesis when we consider the relational aspects. 

Genesis is considered controversial today.  There is a huge struggle when one tries to reconcile science with the record of Genesis.  The controversy begins in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”  That simple phrase, “God created” causes quite a bit of anxiety, even within the church community, one finds disagreement.  I believe that God’s Word is inerrant and inspired.  Thus, I conclude that the Genesis record is God’s accurate portrayal of how God created everything simply by speaking it into existence.  Frankly, God gave us enough that our finite minds can understand.  We will never fully grasp God with our finite minds because He is infinite.  Science barely scratches the surface of God’s creation.  We may never fully understand Him when we are singing praises at His feet, let alone now.  As we dig through Genesis, I hope that everyone enjoys the challenging study of Genesis.

Blessings in the New Year,
Pastor Leon Davis