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February 17, 2016, 10:23 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 14, 2016


Happy Valentine’s Day!

            “The first Valentine was posted around 1806. Almost one billion Valentine's Day cards are sent each year on or near February 14th with females purchasing 85% of the cards. This is second only to the number of Christmas cards sent. The history is somewhat murky as to how Valentine's Day has come to be what we now know and celebrate. Valentine was a Christian leader in third-century Rome. Emperor Claudius decided that single men made better soldiers. Therefore, Claudius banned soldiers from being married.

            One version of the story is that Valentine continued to perform the weddings of young soldiers who were in love, and Claudius had Valentine imprisoned. While imprisoned, Valentine reportedly fell in love with the jailer's daughter. Valentine sent her a card and signed it, "Love, your Valentine”.  Another version is that Valentine defied Claudius by helping Christians escape the torture of Claudius.  Valentine died in approximately A.D. 270.

            The first Valentine sent in the United States was in the 1840's by Esther Howgald. Most of us enjoy "spoiling" a loved one on Valentine's Day. Sending gifts and cards conveys love, affection, and friendship.”

            Whatever the real story is, I believe it is very appropriate to set aside a day to celebrate our love for one another.  In addition to that, we as God’s family must set aside every day to demonstrate our love for one another.  We truly love you all more than we could ever tell you.  The camaraderie and sense of family together with you is overwhelming to us and we thank the Lord and constantly lift you in our prayers.   We are truly brothers and sisters.

            Today, make sure to spread some love to our dear Bro. Dale as he brings God’s Word to you!  We are so thankful for Dale and Judy!  And thanks to you as our church family for allowing us to be away today to celebrate a milestone in the life of our son.  Be back tomorrow! 

             As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”         II Timothy 2:15           

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd


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