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Smile and Say Cheese                                   January 15, 2014

Dear friends,

I got excited when I walked by the display of new cameras.  The time had come for
me to invest in something a little better than the $89 point and shoot I've been
carrying around for the last three years. So I made a list of the ones I liked and
went home to read the latest reviews on each of them.

I have been using an inexpensive pocket camera since my nice Canon SLR was
stolen five years ago.  I loved that camera.  It had everything I needed to take
great pictures.  It was also a Christmas gift from Lori so it had sentimental value
as well.  

As I was reading the reviews I found the Sony NEX F3k/b and the Panasonic
Lumix DMC ZS25K and a dozen other models including the NEX-3NL/B and the
Lumix DMC-LZ20.  As I kept searching I realized that with each brand there were
several different models.  After a while they all began to look alike.

By the time I finished reading the reviews my head was spinning.  There were too
many choices and I was ready to just forget the whole thing.  It was too confusing.
Then I thought of a question that someone had posed to me about the Church the
day before.

She asked, "Why are there so many different denominations?  We have Catholics,
Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Congregationalists, Methodists and a bunch of
others.  Is one better than another?"  Talked about a loaded question.

All I could say is that whether you are talking about cameras or a particular
Christian denomination, you need to ask two things.  Have the basic fundamentals
been addressed and do you feel like you can grow with it.  You see the church is a
gift from God that can help us develop our relationship with Christ as we focus on
a life of discipleship.

Maybe it is time to consider the church through a new lens.  If you have been
away, it is time to come back.  So smile!  God loves you and wants you to picture
yourself as a part of His family.

God bless. See you in church. Cal