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Today I wanted to share a letter that I wrote to our Children's Minister, Jonanne Manogue, for her 23 years of faith ministry at our church. She has left behind a powerful legacy of servanthood. Thankful for people like this who have influenced my children's lives.
From my family to yours,
Author Michael T. Powers
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"Legacy of Love"by Michael T. Powers
I can hardly put into words the impact you have had on me and my family.
Thank you for following the call that God placed on your life. It is my hope that this weekend you got just a little glimpse at the difference you have made in so many lives.
Thank you for the amazing way that you handle both kids and adults. There is nobody that I know that surpasses you in your gift to love on kids and adults, but also speak truth to them in a way that still makes them feel honored, loved and cared for.
Thank you for the countless hours you have poured into my boys. They have been forever changed by a godly woman who loved them, taught them, cared for them, laughed with them, disciplined them and pointed them towards Christ. I have never seen another person who even comes close to you in regards to children’s ministry. Students have so much respect for you because they know how much you care for them.
Thank you for your integrity. Other than Kristi, there are very few men or women whom I respect as much as I respect you for your walk with Christ, your refusal to compromise, your loyalty, your creativeness, your discernment, your drive to do everything with excellence or your love for people.
Thank you for the many times you have had to face hard situations. I have never seen you handle a situation in which you did not speak the truth in a loving way and point the person to Christ so that, if they listened, they would find answers to their problems or that they would have to take a good, hard look at the direction they were going in life. Leadership is not for the faint of heart and you have taught me so much about leadership.
Thank you for the many times you have extended me grace, especially early on when I started at the church. You have no idea how much I have appreciated that over the years.
Thank you for being the kind of person that I knew I could trust with anything I said to them, that I could trust with my children and that I could trust would have my back no matter the circumstances. You are such a rare person in life.
Thank you for being a woman of prayer. I know how deeply you have prayed for Kidz Camp, our church, my family and all the children that have been entrusted to you. So many people in ministry don’t put prayer as a high priority. There is no way you have been as effective for the Lord for so many years, without praying your heart out.
Thank you so much for the love, guidance, camaraderie, friendship and kindness you have shown Kristi as you have both worked side-by-side for Kidz Camp. I have heard so many children and adults say what an impact that Camp has had on their lives. Life changing impact. Family saving impact. Life-long impact. Eternal impact. I love our church and all the ways God uses different ministries to make a difference in the lives of people. But I can’t think of anything that surpasses the impact that Camp has had. Thank you for being such a huge part of that.
I know that you are following God’s lead as you enter this next chapter in your life. I know that Angel and Ashley will do a great job as they also follow God’s lead. I know that ministry is never one person, nor should it ever be that way. So I say this with the understanding that this is all in God’s timing and purpose. But, oh what a void there is going to be in the Powers family not having you around on a regular basis to do ministry with, to laugh with, to cry with and to pray with.
So thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a leader we have looked up to, learned from, and respected and admired like very few people in our lives. I have often thanked God for the amazing opportunity I have had to do ministry at our church and to work with the staff that I have been blessed to work with. Your legacy is powerful, heartfelt and long lasting. I am a better leader, husband, teacher, friend and father because of the influence you have had on my life.
Lastly, I want you to know that I truly am happy for you. I know what a burden all that responsibility has on a person. I know how hard ministry can be at times. I know how hard it is to deal with situations in which kids lives are being destroyed by decisions that are being made that is no fault of their own . I know you have carried that burden for so long and I can only imagine how good that is going to feel to lay that burden down.
I am looking forward to the doors that God will open for you as you continue to serve Him in other capacities in the years to come. Know that we will be praying for you and Kelly and that we will be cheering you on in whatever the future holds.
Most of all, know that you are loved…
Happy retirement from the Powers Family!
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Creation Q & A
The Preservation of the Bible
by Mike Matthews
One of the most amazing testimonies to Scripture’s truth is its preservation over thousands of years despite sometimes intense efforts to destroy it.
Jesus Christ made an amazing prophesy about this preservation of His Word: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Mark 13:31; also Matthew 24:35). He believed that God’s Word is indestructible (“And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle [small mark in Hebrew lettering] of the law to fail” Luke 16:17).
Moreover, Jesus believed His words would spread around the world: “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14); “the gospel must first be preached to all the nations” (Mark 13:10). And that is what we find today. God’s Word has been preserved.
The discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls in 1947 confirmed that we still have the same Old Testament as they did at Jesus’s day. The survival of thousands of New Testament manuscripts confirms that the New Testament writings were also providentially preserved. The question among textual scholars is not whether some words are missing, but which variant readings, in a few minor cases, are the correct ones.
In contrast, few copies have survived from nearly every other classic book, such as Caesar’s Gallic Wars or Herodotus’ Histories. While copies of major portions of the New Testament survive from documents dated around AD 300, most other classic books survive in copies no older than around AD 900.
God’s Word survived despite intense efforts to destroy it. For instance, in 175 BC the king of Syria, Antiochus Epiphanes, ordered the Jews, on pain of death, to destroy their Scriptures and worship the Greek gods. But Judas Maccabaeus saved the books and led a revolt that won independence for the Jewish nation. (Today, Jews celebrate this event at Hanukkah.)
Another example is the Roman emperor Diocletian’s order to have Christianity outlawed, its leaders killed, and their Bibles burned. As a sign of God’s providence, the next emperor, Constantine, legalized Christianity and paid for fifty new hand-written copies of the Bible.
The Bible has not only been preserved, but translated into over two thousand languages (both ancient and modern). Many of the earliest surviving manuscripts include translations, such as Syriac versions, showing that God’s Word was spreading from the very beginning, and the words of its message have been preserved in many languages.
To read more about this amazing subject please visit: https://answersingenesis.org/the-word-of-god/
Thought For The Day
"A great person is always willing to be little."
Verse for the Day
"But the greatest among you shall be your servant." --Matthew 23:11
Kid's Thought for the Day
"Be the first to make footprints in new snow."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"A father is a thing that growls when it feels good...and laughs very loud when it's scared to death."--Paul Harvey
Coach's Thought For The Day
"The more you know about your players, the more you treat them differently." --Bob Bozied
Writer's Thought For The Day
"Writing is not hard. Just get paper and pencil, sit down and write it as it occurs to you. The writing is easy -- it's the occurring that's hard." --Stephen Leacock
Deep Thought For The Day
"I was eating at an open-air restaurant, this past week, when it started raining. It took me an hour and a half to finish my soup!"