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The Truth Will Set You Free

                                                                                           January 4, 2017
Dear Friends,

I laughed out loud when I read it.  The meme on Facebook declared, "I don't
always diet and exercise... but when I do, I expect the results to be instant,
dramatic and spectacular."  How many of us could say "Amen!" to that?

Another one read, "I don't mean to brag... but I just finished my 14 day diet
in 3 hours and 12 minutes!"  That appealed to my competitive side.  It's
also how I felt after I had breakfast and used up all my Weight Watchers
smart points.

It's a new year and I am trying to start off right.  I've been to the YMCA.  
I started tracking what I eat.  I noticed that my blood sugar was down and
I lost a couple of pounds.  I was so excited that I had to tell someone.

My wife was standing in the kitchen.  I shared the good news. "I've lost
two pounds and my blood sugar has been good for two straight days!  I
know that if I lose twenty pounds this year my sugar levels will be good
all the time."

Lori responded, "If you ate right, if you didn't have that bowl of ice cream
every night, your sugar would be good."  Wow!  Talk about hitting the nail
on the head!  It stung for a moment.  Then I thought about what she was
saying and I laughed.

She was absolutely right. We need people in our lives who love us enough
to tell us the truth.  Jesus said "The truth will set you free."  For us as
Christians, we find it in the Scriptures.  The Bible points us to the truth that
will bless us.

It is not always easy to read. It speaks of putting God first. We are told to
let go of grudges.  Honesty and faithfulness are valued more than money
and power.  It is contrary to what we often hear. Yet it shows us the way
to find ourselves.

Have you made any resolutions for the New Year?  I'd like to suggest one
for you. Open the Bible and begin reading the Gospels. Listen to what Jesus
has to say and let the great truths of the Bible bless you as you begin 2017.  

God bless.  See you in church.

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