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Dear Church Family,

          "Give a man a fish, and he will eat today.  Teach him how to fish, and he will eat everyday". This is a very powerful saying, and tells us that knowledge, gained thru experience, is more effective than dependency.  I remember a presidential candidate, years ago, telling people that if he was elected, that his policies would reflect the mindset of "giving people a hand up, not a hand out".  Do you see the common truth in each of these sayings?  That experience is the best teacher.  I know this to be true.  Even though I went to college and seminary, and have a Doctorate degree, I really didn't start "learning" until I got out into the ministry and started experiencing the Word of God.  Look at Jesus' time with His disciples, they were constantly "doing", experiencing the power of the things He taught them, not content to just "know" stuff.  The greatest way to know the laws of gravity is to fall, to jump off of something, to drop something.  We can talk about gravity all day long, we can imagine it in our minds, but to see the laws of gravity "in action" is what makes the greatest impression. And, it's the same with God's Word.  We can think about it, discuss it, teach it and there is benefit in that, but it is most powerful when we see it in action.  Jesus didn't die on the cross for us to "sit, soak and sour", but that we would have life more abundant by experiencing it, investing in it, by being a moving part in a greater purpose.  Water that is moving is a lot harder to freeze than water that is sitting still.  Be like Peter, get out of the boat, and experience the power of learning by doing.  Who knows, today may be the day you learn how awesome it is to "walk on water"!    Selah!

God's Peace & Protection be yours,
Pastor Gary Beatty