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Dear Church,

I have at least two great sources teaching me how much I do not know: marriage and parenthood. I believe both of these are a gift given by God. I believe that in God's grace, He is sanctifying my life and using marriage and parenthood to daily depend on Him, His grace, and His forgiveness. This may sound like a negative, but that is not how I mean it. I mean this in the most encouraging of ways. For example, my wife is in the medical field, so I could sit and listen for many hours about how the Lord has constructed the human body with all of its intricacies to show His glory in creation. Parenthood has provided me with the opportunity to watch as one grows from complete dependence to (hopefully) maturity: a reflection of how God is growing us into maturity in Christ. Marriage and parenthood has also been used to reveal selfishness, pride, and areas of darkness in my life. By God's grace, He has given to me, at least in these two areas, tremendous teachers of how much I do not know.

But this one thing I know and hold on to: "I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve." (1 Cor. 15:3-5). As a church we are walking through the book of Ephesians. The first few weeks we have been reminded of the necessity of knowing Jesus. As we finish this series of Know, we will move into a series of Conquer. Some would see the idea of our knowledge and our victory as disconnected. However, once we look deeper into Scripture, know the Lord better, and are led by the Holy Spirit, we see how knowing Him leads to our victory in Jesus. Paul writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:12, "That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return." Paul knew the Lord and from that standpoint, he knew that prison and suffering were not obstacles, but instead opportunities. Knowing God has conquered suffering, persecution, and shame!

Billy Graham once remarked, "Today we have more knowledge than at any other time in history. In seconds our laptops or PCs can call up information about a topic that would have taken years to collect. Young people graduate with more knowledge than ever before - but in spite of their knowledge, they are confused, bewildered, frustrated, and without moral reasoning." More knowledge does not mean more peace. However, more knowledge in Christ Jesus means more victory, more peace, and more security. May you know Christ. I am praying for you what Paul prayed for the Ephesians, "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better."

In Christ,

Chad

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