"Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." - Hebrews 10:19-25

I simply want you to look at this paragraph and see how God distinctly and purposefully gave you the family that you have in Christ to encourage and uplift you. In many places today, there are people working to try and "keep everyone humble" by breaking them down and keeping them held back. It ought not be so in the Lord's church! I hope as you read these words today, you are reminded of times when the church family has stood next to you and held you up. In the same breath, I also hope that if there are moments that come to mind where you felt the church family was not there for you, that you will find it in your heart to forgive us and allow us to be there for you moving forward. If we are not considering ways to stir one another up to love and good works, then we are failing as the children of God. Let's begin this new year with an eye towards encouragement and a desire to be present in the good works being done through love by this wonderful family.

May God continue to bless you!

- Scott