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God is Our Expert                            January 22, 2014

Dear friends,

Who do you turn to when you have a problem that you can't solve on your own?
We all have our "go to" guys or gals.  We know people who know people. For
example when I wanted to publish my first book back in 1997 I turned to my friend,
Matthew.

Matthew had put together several projects like mine.  He sat down and walked
through the whole process with me.  By the end of the year I had published The
Church Newsletter Handbook.  I couldn't have done it without him.

Although most days I feel like I am pretty self reliant, I am not too proud to admit
that there are areas where I just don't know what I am doing.  Take my car for
example.  I call Ray when I have a problem.  He will tell me why the car is running
rough and set me up with a reliable mechanic.

Over the years I have looked for advice from many friends who had the expertise
to help me navigate through life's challenges.  I've called on Ted for legal
questions, Paul for real estate matters, George for home repair, Bev for financial
matters, Lori for medical questions and Sheldon for vocational issues.

It is great to have people you can turn in a time of need.  Yet sometimes the need
goes much deeper and is much more complicated than our friends can meet.  The
Good News is that we have an expert who can meet those needs. He wrote life's
instruction manual, a book we call the Bible.

Throughout the Psalms David tells us that God is quick to rescue those who call on
him. We read in Jeremiah 32:27  "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is
anything too hard for Me?" Think about what God is saying here.  He is God of all
creation.  There is nothing in our lives that is beyond his ability to fix.

So call on God the next time you are in trouble, feeling lost, discouraged or unable
to do it on your own.  He is an expert on getting people like you and me back on
track and moving forward again.  

God bless. See you in church!  Cal