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Who Will You Choose?                            November 5, 2014

Dear friends,

I love election day. I can still remember my first time in the voting
booth. I was eighteen years old. I couldn't wait to cast my ballot for the next
President of the United States. Each election day since, I proudly leave the
polling place wearing the sticker that says, "I voted!"

Life is all about choices. It comes to the forefront every year on
election day. You and I have the unique opportunity to make a statement
at the ballot box. On the first Tuesday in November we choose the people
that will lead us going forward.

Yet every day we have choices to make. These choices affect our
future. Several years ago a young woman told me that she didn't love her
husband anymore. The fire and passion had gone out of their relationship
and she wanted to leave him.

I told her that love is not a feeling. It is a choice. Two people get
up every day and make the decision to love each other in spite of morning
breath and bad hair. A good marriage is all about forgiving and forgetting and
looking for the best in your spouse. That is love.

The Old Testament hero Joshua understood this. In the Biblical book that
bears his name we read, "Choose for yourselves
this day whom you will serve,.. But as for me and my household, we shall
serve the Lord." He was calling on the people to declare their love.

Joshua suggests that we all have a choice to make when it comes
to God. We have to decide if we are going to declare our allegiance and
commit our lives to him. There is no such thing as a part time follower.
You have to be all in or else you are out.

We have so much to be thankful for. All good things come from God.
My hope is that you will vote for God by offering
him your heart, your soul, your strength and your mind. Love him with
all your being and in doing so you will be abundantly blessed.

God bless! See you in church.

Cal