I am writing this email message on Friday afternoon. At this point, it appears that Hurricane Florence has moved south of us, and that we will be spared the 20+ inches of rain that it threatened to give us earlier in the week. I am grateful, to be sure. But it does not go unnoticed that our "gain" is someone else's loss.

We are so accustomed to thinking in either/or categories. We either win or we lose. We gain or we lose. But the transformation Jesus offers to us throws the usual categories out the window. We gain by losing. What on earth was He talking about?

I hope you will join us this Sunday as we discuss this paradox. As one hint, let me offer you this quote from the journal of the late Jim Elliott: "… he is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."

We plan to be in church this Sunday, rain or shine. I hope we will see you there with us!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Tom

PS: We will be receiving a special offering to help us meet our commitment to Fluvanna Habitat for Humanity. As a special treat, Diana Creasy, the purchaser of the recently completed Habitat House, will be offering her testimony of what her experience with Habitat has meant to her. You won't want to miss her story!

What Do You Benefit


But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and
all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)