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November 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 5, 2017

Good Morning Family,

            This past Thursday, I took the day off to work on my 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 that has been faithfully waiting out in the shop here at the parsonage getting a little TLC once in a while.  This car was a Christmas gift to us last year from my niece and nephew, Lori and Richie and their three children.  They knew that we had sold our Mayberry Squad Car in early 2015 to pay for doctor bills after the rough Christmas that Robin had physically that first year we were here.

            The Lord had blessed them, and they knew a gentleman in Springfield that had an old Galaxie that had been parked for a few years after being a daily driver for a while.  They graciously showed up last December 23rd with this “diamond in the rough” Ford on a trailer in our front yard.  We were floored by such a thoughtful gift from these very special kids in our life.  Needless to say, it won’t be long before there will be a new version of the Mayberry Squad Car on patrol in Cape Fair once again!  Look out bad guys!  Barney and Andy will be back soon!

            Lots of elbow grease, wiring, painting, drilling, and hanging upside down under the dash later, as of Thursday I have pretty much finished the interior for now and am going to the outside.  But, first I had to start the car and turn it around in the garage to work on the outside and tune up the motor.  Well, she has been sitting with the battery unhooked for a good six months over the summer and Thursday night was the first time it had been fired up in as long.  It took a few turns, but the old Ford 352 turned over and sounded a smooth as ever in park, but in gear, it kept wanting to die.  This can be cured with a few tweaks here and there, new fluids, and she’ll be out on the road once again.  I may have to take it over to Wally’s and have Goober take a look at it.

            You can see where this is going.  It is a pretty transparent analogy today.  We can be like this old Ford.  We need to tend to our souls in order to keep them used to serving the Lord.  It is easy, so easy to get used to sitting in park with our motor off.  We might look good, but unless we put our lives in drive, it will be difficult at best to be able to be on the road spiritually to get where we need to be.  Like anything in life, the more active it is, the stronger it becomes.  So, we also need to keep ourselves tuned up and moving. 

            This analogy goes both ways, for the inactive and the overly active.  Don’t be sit in “park” too long in the work of the Lord that you lose your edge; and don’t keep it in “drive” so long and not never tune the things that need attention.  Pretty simple today.  Maybe someone here needed to hear this in one way or the other.

           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 of the Hills



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