Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Mark 12:30

“That is one commandment I know and keep,” a woman in my Bible study proclaimed. “I love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, and soul.” In the next breath, she admitted she wouldn’t be in church on Sunday. A nice soaking rain was expected on Saturday and she had to get her prize-winning bulbs in the ground if they were to bloom in time for the annual neighborhood garden contest, which she wins every year. After all, she told us, she had a reputation to maintain. She couldn’t do it later in the day because her granddaughter had a ball game and she wanted to be in the stands to cheer her on. On Monday she played bridge and volunteered at the senior center. On Tuesday, her Audubon club was taking a field trip.
Like this woman on my Bible study who didn’t realize the dichotomy of her statements, we can fool ourselves into thinking God is the number one priority in our lives. But is He really?
— Julie B. Cosgrove “Light from the Word,” Jan 23

Terrific Kids
Seven of our Graham Chapel children were banned Terrific Kids at Mayo Elementary school awards day program. They are Mark Steven Bishop, Tatum Offenburger, Marcus Liner, Jason Overcash, Savannah, Damian, and McKenzie. Congratulations!

Upcoming Events:
Haiti mission team pancake breakfast – Fatz restaurant in Boiling Springs Sat Feb 9 8-10am.
Youth Super Bowl party – Feb 3 at Mr. Gatti’s … $15 includes games and food. The bus will leave at 4 and return at 10:30
Winter Jam – Feb 8 at Bi-Lo center, $15 includes ticket and food. The bus will leave at 3:30 from CHS weight room and return at 1am.
BYF Soup Supper Monday Feb 4 at 6pm in the new Family Life Center.
The Carolina Women’s Retreat – information is on the table in the foyer

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