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Morning Devotional:

When I find myself surfing the internet with a few minutes to spare, I enjoy watching videos from a Los Angeles based animal rescue organization. Their videos highlight the story of a stray dog from the moment it is taken off of the streets to its adoption.  On rare occasion, the story has a different ending when, thanks to a microchip, the dog is reunited with its owner.  The video I watched last night was like that. This dog was found in a canal with a broken paw, the rescue team pulled it out and got it to a vet, scanned the microchip and called the registered owner to find that the dog had been missing for months!  When the family was finally reunited with the dog, all the father in the family could say was “we never stopped looking for you, we never stopped looking for you.” The love for that dog was obvious – and yet it pales in comparison to the love God has for you and me.  We were once lost, right?  And through Jesus Christ, we are brought into relationship with God – a relationship sealed with a kind of love that can never, never be broken, no matter how hard you try. 

 Paul captures this kind of love so well in his letter to the Roman church:  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   His is a love that never stops, and will never let you go. 
– Beth

Burning Question:

When did you quit, and it was the best thing you ever did?

Bible Quiz:

Question:  What city, located on the western shore of Asia Minor, was the second of seven cities mentioned by John?

Answer:  Smyrna  (Revelation 2:8)


Just one more thing…