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Dear <<First Name>>,

To me, saying “goodbye” is one of the most difficult things we do in life. The phrase often indicates a mournful end to a relationship that has been both a pleasure and a blessing. I like “see you later” much better. This farewell implies that there is a return still to come.  We anticipate the future with the hope that we will be reunited once again, that the moments of sweet relationship will not end, but have simply been placed on pause.

For the next two Sundays, we will celebrate the ministry of David Bales. David has been the Music and Worship leader at First Methodist Carrollton for over 10 years. Please make these two Sundays a priority as we give thanks to God for David and his family. 

During our worship, we will continue to explore the Genesis story of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. This Sunday, we will examine how God used Isaac, the son and heir of Abraham's promise. In Isaac's story, we see how God works to bring salvation to the world.

Isaac was a miracle—a gift of God’s gracious offering of salvation. As we explore the story of Isaac, we discover that his life was about what happens when the Divine and Human interact. Carrying the thread forward, we will connect the miraculous birth of Isaac to the thirty-five reported miracles of Jesus. Today, many people believe that the day of miracles is over. Untrue! I believe we are surrounded by God’s miracles every day. As we lean on the power of God to face this world and its challenges, we see miracles in all shapes and sizes. The question we will ask on Sunday is: “Are we making ourselves available to God?” 

Isaac was obedient to God in all things. His birth was not the only miraculous event of his life, he lived a miracle-filled life. That may be impossible for some to believe, but those who have not experienced God do not understand the things of God. Paul states clearly that "the things of God confound the wise."

Are you making yourself available to God? What is God doing in your life today that is new and fresh? Where do you see the miracles of God that will confound the wise? 
See you Sunday,
Pastor John Allen

"Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to abolish things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God." — 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
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