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September 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Pastor's Post - September 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have always felt that I was very blessed to have grown up in a Pastor's family. I have some very fond memories of my childhood and:

- Our summertime vacation trips to the National Parks (Aug. 25 was the NPS' 100th birthday!)

- Family get togethers with my grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins.

- Special individuals in the different congregations my dad served

- Special teachers I had while enrolled in Good Shepherd Lutheran School

- Setting up chairs at the mission congregation my dad started in Mammoth Lakes

I had a truly magical childhood. But, we all grow up and one of the most impactful memories of my older life was an evening class that I had my senior year at Christ College Irvine. It was only a two unit class which met once a week. Our professor was Dr. Kirth, who was a retired pastor who looked like he was well over 100 years old. Dr. Kirth had this wonderful ability to relate the scriptures to our lives. He literally made the book of Acts come alive. The Book of Acts is the second half of the Gospel of Luke. Luke was writing to his Roman friend Theophilus to explain to him what the Christian movement and Jesus Christ was all about. In Acts 6:10 Luke makes a dramatic change in the way that he wrote as he began to use the words "we" and "us." Luke had become a convert, a Christian!

In many ways, I felt that I had become a Christian too as Dr. Kirth led us through Luke's book. And, I am excited at the prospect of us studying the book of Acts in our new SDG Bible Study beginning this month. If you haven't been in Bible Study before, or even if you have, this is the Bible Study for you. It is a study that will guide you through the beginning of the Christian Church. It will open your eyes to the power of the Holy Spirit. We will see how simple fisherman and an enemy of Christ were literally transformed into powerful evangelists. It is my hope that this study will be for you what Dr. Kirth's class was for me -- a class I looked forward to, never missed and which inspired me to follow in the footsteps of the early Christians.

Together in Service and Study,

Pastor Matt


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