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In June we welcome summer with its longer days and warmer weather.  It’s a time of rejoicing in life through participating in marriage celebrations and taking vacations.  Kids get out of school and have more time for play.  Summer provides a break from the mundane routines of life and promotes recreation and restoration of our souls.  Hopefully, June will foster reflection and enable us to have healthy perspectives on our lives and make course adjustments that will promote change, maturation and progress

Since returning to the States from Laos for a visit, I have been struck by how blessed we are as a nation, and I am as an individual. It has produced profound gratitude.  Faith, family, friends, and freedoms are priceless treasures.  A wise admonition to us all is: “Let not loss, be the only instructor of the value of things.” It has been said, “The things we esteem lightly, we are in jeopardy of losing. How then, therefore, should we respond?

Jesus makes it simple: treasure what is most valuable and live accordingly.  Put God first, He is the pearl of great price for whom one should sell everything.  With that foundational relationship intact, we then can build a great marriage and family by cherishing our spouses and children through sacrificial love.  Prayer is the cement that holds it all together and which builds God’s Kingdom. Time well spent together is the invaluable commodity that knits us together and shows where our heart is.

Even though our nation seems strong, that is a false façade.  Because of our rejection of God and His principles, there is a very real threat of us losing our cherished nation’s freedoms.  God gives a clear way to fix it in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

As men, some of our chief responsibilities are to protect and provide, so let’s join together in prayer and do just that, asking our Father in heaven, Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider, to bless our wives, children and grands with His abundant life.  Give thanks for our nation and plead with the Lord for forgiveness, repentance and revival.  As we pray let’s give thanks to God for hearing our prayers for a successful surgery and continued full recovery of Brian Thompson.  Let’s lift up the Reunion in September that we’d have a lot of fun and great fellowship together.

Brothers, we’re blessed; let’s be a conduit of blessing to all those around us!

Go Yotes!

With brotherly love,

#20 Mark Berry - Class of 1977

Our prayer team is always available and just a phone call or text away.

Contact Dean Payne (574)276-1442, Joe Morgan (530)340-0866 or Amos Allen (305)801-7838 to be added to the prayer list.

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