Franklin United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Seeking, Sharing, and Serving Christ

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Pastor Mike Loudermilk
304-358-2989 (parsonage) 304-661-5542 (cell)
I have always been one who enjoys the change in seasons. I also enjoy celebrating the different holidays throughout the year. However, in the past few years we seem to skip over Thanksgiving and move straight to Christmas. Even writing this newsletter it is tempting to talk about Advent and anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. However, as the people of God we need to come into God’s presence with thanksgiving. In Psalm 100:1-“Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. 3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; His loving kindness is everlasting, And His faithfulness to all generations (NAS).” I would encourage you over the next few weeks to think about the things God has blessed you with. I realize thanksgiving to God is not just a one time cele-bration, but something we should be mindful of everyday of our lives. God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever would believe can have everlasting life. Enjoy Thanksgiving; there will be time to get ready for Christmas.
The following is something I came across years ago and thought I would put all you readers to the test.
There are 16 books of the Bible in the following paragraph. See if you can find them. (One person found 15 books in 20 minutes, but it took 3 weeks to find the sixteenth one.)
I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu—kept people looking so hard for facts, and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized, but the truth finally struck home to numbers of readers. To others it was a real job. I want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others might require judges to find them. I will quickly admit, it usually takes a minister to find most of them. But once people see them, you’ll hear loud lamentations. One lady I know says she brews a cup of tea after the first try, so she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are sixteen names of the books of the Bible in this paragraph.
I will see how you do. I might give you the answers in the next newsletter.
God Bless, Pastor Mike
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