While there are some differences in our understanding of how long ago the “beginning” occurred, there should be no disagreement among believers that God – omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and eternal – “…created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1ff).  “He commanded and they were created” the Psalmist spoke as he invoked the whole creation to praise the Lord in the 148th Psalm.  The apostle John tells us in the opening passages of his gospel that “All things came into being through Him and apart from Him nothing came into being…” in speaking of the Lord Jesus, Who was God in the flesh.  God spoke into existence a wonderful universe of planets and stars, continents and oceans, plants and vegetation, and all sorts of forms of life.  We need only to look around us at God’s creation – as it speaks to us (Psalm 19:1) - to be in awe of what a magnificent and amazing God is ours.  As we consider His creation we should never lose sight of an important fact: there is one lifeform that He created distinctively different from all the rest.  When God created mankind, He created a lifeform that was not bound or limited by instinct or other natural actions or automatic responses to stimuli.  As magnificent as the rest of creation is, it pales in comparison to man – created in His image, and with a heart that could accept His love and reciprocate.  I believe that God created man because He wanted us to share His love. No other part of His creation was created with the ability to understand, reason, and act (or respond) freely, without regard to how others do to the same stimuli – the characteristic that sets mankind apart from all other living forms.  When we come to fully appreciate that the LORD wants us to share His love, then we will realize that the only way we can do that is to come to a proper under-standing of what His love is.  And the only way that God has revealed His love to us is through the record of His spoken word – the Bible.  We cannot look outward (to others) or inward (to “feelings”) to learn about His love for us.  We must look upward (to Him) to find what we seek – joy, purpose, and peace – when we come to understand the LORD’s love.  Our lives can be directed by His word and our hearts filled with His love when (if) we “meditate” on His teachings day and night (Joshua 1:8) and allow the word of Christ to “dwell richly” within us (Col. 3:16).  Remember always – GOD LOVES YOU!  May He continue to bless us as we seek to do His bidding and will in all of what we try to accomplish here in our community.  Shall we always behave, work, play, serve, grow, and love The LORD and one a

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