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          Every day we seem to see more and more disaster coming out of Texas with Hurricane Harvey.  The 24 hour news cycle is constantly showing images of homes that have been ravaged by flooding water that does not discriminate in whose lives it touches.  In the wake of such tragedies, we experience  not only the worst of people, but we also experience the best of people.  Even though we are removed from the dramatic deluge of rain, there are still many opportunities to assist with the recovery effort as well as the eventual rebuilding effort that will take place for years to come.  The Church of the Brethren was involved with Katrina relief efforts up to 3 or 4 years after the storm had passed through.  Where does one start?  We start with prayer.  Prayer has an immediate impact on any and every situation.     

            We are back to school and the fall sporting events have started.  Pray for the children that have returned to school.  Pass on encouraging words to all those that are involved with the education process.  My children were not necessarily looking forward to going back to school, but I believe all of them are dealing with the school transition well.  This also includes my wife who is now working at the high school. 

            In our Bible study we will continue to study the Biblical covenants.  So far we've looked at the Edenic, Adamic, Noahic and the Abrahamic covenants.  There are still quite a few to go through.  Everyone is welcome to join the study.  Lastly our men's bible study and fellowship has met now for the past three Thursday's.  Our number did not increase this week, but we still maintained the number of eleven in attendance.  It is really great to meet these guys for a mid-week Bible study and breakfast. 

            Our study this morning came out of 1 Samuel 16.  The key passage was 1 Samuel 16:7, and it says, “The Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'”  How true is that for everyone of us?  We are conditioned to judge appearance.  God looks at the heart and expects us to look at inner character instead of outward appearance.  In our daily life, let each of us draw closer to see how God sees things.            


                        Blessings – Leon