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Greetings!  I trust this post finds you doing well this week.  I hope you were able to be at church this weekend.  I was preaching at our Edmond Campus while our Edmond Campus Pastor, Wade Smith, brought a great word at the OKC Campus entitled, "The Problem with Perfection.”  If you missed it, you can watch the message here:

This coming Sunday, May 3, we start a brand new series called, “Family Octagon.”  This is going to be a very fun series.  In UFC or MMA cage fighting, the ring is called “the octagon.”  It is a cage that has eight sides to it.  Oftentimes in our lives, we find ourselves in a fight!  Sometimes we are fighting with our families, and other times we are fighting for our families.  In cage fighting, when an opponent gets you pinned down and has you in a difficult position, the only way to surrender is by “tapping out” to tell your opponent that you give up.  Many times, it can feel like the devil has won.  "There’s nothing more I can do,” you tell yourself.  In this series, we will look at several battles that we face in the dynamics of family, and we will begin applying the phrase, “When tapping out is not an option.”

I want to encourage you this week.  No matter what you are facing, or what concern or worry is weighing on your mind, know that the God we serve is sovereign.  The word sovereign is the greek word basileia.  This word means, "authority and ruler both in the world, and in the hearts of men."  So not only is God the ruler of the world, but when we invite Him to, He also becomes this loving and caring ruler of our hearts.  And when God is the ruler of our hearts, we can find peace in the midst of the storm!  

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
— Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
— 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

Have an amazing week!  Why?  Because God gives you the ability to do so!  

It is an honor to serve alongside you.