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On the road to victory

                                                          March 6, 2019
Dear Friends,

My daughter and I set off for the Magic Kingdom. I plugged
in the destination to Waze, my GPS navigation software, and
we were ready to go. The receptionist at the hotel said we
were only fifteen minutes from there. As we sped down Route
192 toward Kissimmee, the GPS alerted us that we were to
take a right turn. We made the turn and followed the
directions.

After the next turn I started thinking that something might
be wrong. I looked at the GPS and it noted that we were
expected to arrive at our destination in one hour and fifteen
minutes. All kinds of alarm bells went off in my head. I knew
that couldn't be right. So I had my daughter check it out.
She started laughing.

"I don't know what you did" she said, "but it has us heading
back to the airport." I realized then that I had inadvertently
put in the wrong address. Instead of keying in the actual
address, I chose one from a pop up menu. My fat fingers
had obviously punched the wrong button. It wasn't the GPS
that had us going in the wrong direction. It was me.

We pulled over and reset the GPS. It turned us around and
in no time we were headed in the right direction. Twenty
minutes later we were pulling into the Magic Kingdom
parking lot where I let her off for a day of fun. I headed
back to my conference after carefully plugging in the
correct address of the hotel where it was being held.

It struck me that its pretty easy to get lost even when we
think we know where we are going. We look for signs and
depend on others for direction. Sometimes we mistakenly
follow a route that we thought would lead us to happiness
and end up going in the exact opposite direction. Other
times we listen to a voice that sounds like an authority
but has nothing to back it up.

For us as people of faith, the Bible can be an invaluable
resource when we are looking for direction in life. I like
what the Apostle Paul says to  his young prodigy, Timothy.
He says, "All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to
teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong
in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches
us to do what is right." (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT)

The Scriptures inspire us to live to the glory of God. They
offer us hope when we are feeling isolated and alone. They
give us courage when we are battling the giants that threaten
our peace. I've often said that when I need to make a decision,
I ask, "What would Jesus do?" The truth is that by reading
the Bible we can find the answer to that question.

So as we enter the season of Lent, I'd like to suggest that
each of us take the time to plug into the Scriptures. I've
invited my folks at Central to read through the Gospels of
Luke and John between now and Easter. It can easily be
accomplished by reading a chapter a day, Why not give
it a try? In doing so you will arrive at Easter ready to
celebrate God's victory.

God bless! See you in church.  
Cal
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