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As we leave the book of Acts and turn towards Christmas we shift our focus from the mission of Christ to the person of Christ! This Sunday we will begin a new series on Luke’s Gospel. The series will focus on Christ, His glory, grace and mission. As we work through Luke, let’s pray that the Holy Spirit will overcome us with the glory of the King, and the beauty of His restorative reign. You might like to read through Luke’s Gospel between now and Christmas. About a chapter a day will get you there!

Speaking of the mission of Christ, this week I came across this quote from Hudson Taylor. We mentioned Hudson Taylor a few weeks ago in church. He was a missionary to China who pioneered contextualizing the gospel in cross cultural mission. You might want to read this quote through a couple of times and pray.

"Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success." - James Hudson Taylor

God bless you this week as you live as an advertisement to his restorative reign.