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The 2011 Thanksgiving Post

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This time of year I reflect on all that I have to be thankful for, especially in the year that has passed since we approached the Thanksgiving season last year.The Nelson family has grown with the addition of Jericho, who was born May 28 – we are thankful!

Christian, who became a teenager just a month before Jericho was born, has made another successful transition between schools as we “downsized” from Lakeside to “Cutter-Morning Star” – we are thankful!

We bought a house (I guess technically, we’re “buying a house”) in a nice, quiet (usually) neighborhood – we are thankful!

Shelly has put up with me for another year, and we celebrated 20 years of marriage on June 30 – I am REALLY thankful about that!

Being a bit of a word nerd, one of my favorite Hebrew words is the word translated as “thanksgiving” - tôwdâh (pronounced to-daw’). Tôwdâh means to literally extend the hand in adoration or appreciation.Being thankful is saying “thank you”, but it’s also extending the hand – doing something …

State of the church address -ish

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Even though it is not yet quite the end of the year, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness as I reflect on what a great year it has been already! The Oaklawn church of God congregation’s desire to be about the mission and vision of God is a great encouragement to me as I prayerfully embrace the responsibility of leadership.  Taking the lead in His mission while casting vision, is one of my greatest joys at Oaklawn. 

Throughout 2010, we have continued to ask, “God, what is YOUR vision for this congregation?”  Through our prayers and times of sharing, we have continued to understand God’s vision for Oaklawn is  – to provide spiritual direction, and help, for the families of our community.


So everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn them and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.–Colossians 1:28(NLT)
When we do this, we join Jesus on His mission.  When the mission of Jesus becomes our mission…

Mario family Halloween

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So, we totally rocked the Super Mario family for Halloween!