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Greetings Dear Trading Ford Family,

Recently in my daily Bible reading I pondered over a verse- it was Psalm 63:1. It starts out by saying ‘O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.’ (NLT) That phrase or something like it is repeated often in the psalms. Many other translations use the word seek. I have read that many times before, but suddenly it hit me as it might an unbeliever or a new believer reading this. So we are supposed to search for God- does that mean He’s lost or gone missing? No, of course not. The point is this… we should live our lives so that we are seeking God- and seeking to know God in a more real and personal way. Do we accomplish that by locking ourselves away in a quiet room? Well sometimes we all need that quiet room, but reality is for most of us life is busy.

I believe we need to (as well as seeking Him in times of solitude) learn to seek God, to search for God in the routines of our lives. We know about seeking God in the basic spiritual disciplines of Bible study and prayer, but let me suggest we learn to search for God in other ways as well. Our youth missions team worked hard to show Christs love on their trip to New Orleans. Many people worked long hours to make our VBS a success. We need to realize that if we are working (no matter what the task we perform) to show Christ’s love, we are in a very real sense seeking him. Even doing our daily work can bring glory to God. We can “seek God” in our worship and in our witnessing for the Lord too! So, let’s seek the Lord together, in every part of our lives.

As I wrap up my article for this month I want to share an event to put on your calendars. Sunday night August 4th we welcome once again our friends from Bethel Colony of Mercy. Starting at 6pm we will enjoy a covered dish fellowship meal (remember, break out the BIG pots for this event!) and at 7pm they will lead us in a wonderful time of music and testimonies. It will bless you to hear how God is using Bethel to bring hope to the lives of these men. Put it on your calendar and join us.

With a Shepherd’s Love, Pastor Mike

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