Tates Creek Christian Church

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Toward the end of February we will transition our sermon series to the book of Ephesians.  This book of the Bible is rich in sound doctrine and practical principles for our everyday lives.   Our lives consist of transitions.  Some we like; others we dislike.  In school, we transition from one grade to the next.  We transition from high school to college and from college to employment.  While we are making these transitions, we are also transitioning from dependence on our parents to independence from our parents.  We may transition from being single to being married and then having children.  After we have children, it is difficult to imagine life without them.  Then comes the transition most parents do not look forward to; becoming empty nesters.     Zella and I did not like the transition to becoming empty nesters.  We had to learn how to use the TV remote again.  Now, we are transitioning to becoming grandparents.  We really like this transition.  We love on the grandchildren when they are with us, we spoil them, and then we send them home with their parents.  I now understand what one lady in one our congregations said, “It is a shame that you have to go through your children to get to your grandchildren!”  Another grandmother said “Your grandchildren are your reward for not killing your children!”   A transition of pain that Zella and I are enduring is the passing of our parents.  Of our four parents, my Mom is the only one left with us.  We know that our parents who have passed away are with the Lord!  We are very grateful for the Gospel of Jesus that makes that transition bearable.  Of course, a transition that we are not looking forward to at all is when one of us passes.  Many of you are experiencing that transition, and you are doing it with such faith, faithfulness, grace, and even joy.     Actually, it is our relationship with Jesus that makes all transitions possible.  Our relationship with Him is constant; it never changes.  He is always faithful.  One of the phrases in chapter one in Ephesians is “In Him,” meaning in Christ.  The key to handling life is to walk in relationship with Jesus Christ.  I am looking forward to our experience of preaching and study as we go through the book of Ephesians! I am also looking forward to Spring!

~ Tommy


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