The divine love of Christ

Is sufficient for our every need

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

Looking to the opening books of the New Testament, we find the life and ministry of Christ on Earth recounted from four distinct perspectives. Each of these four Gospels presents Christ in a specific role in His relationship with us.

Matthew shows us Christ the King, Mark shows Christ the Servant, Luke shows us Christ the Son of Man, and the Apostle John portrays Christ as the Son of God.

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State announces ‘Rate the Plates’

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday invited Tennesseans to “Rate the Plates” and help choose the state’s next standard license plate by selecting their favorite design at tn.gov/ratetheplates.

Under state law, the license plate is redesigned every eight years if funds are approved in the General Assembly’s annual budget.

“As Tennessee celebrates 225 years of statehood, it’s a perfect time to redesign our license plate and feature the Tri-Star that represents each of our state’s unique grand divisions,” Lee said.

“We welcome all Tennesseans to cast their vote and play a role in choosing this piece of our state’s history.”

Voting (tn.gov/governor/rate-the-plates) began Sept. 20 and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, Sept. 27.

The winning design will be announced later this fall and will be available to the public in January 2022.

Tennessee statute requires the display of “Tennessee,” “Volunteer State” and “TNvacation.com” on the plate, as well as county name and expiration year decal locations. Statute provides that Tennesseans may select an “In God We Trust” plate option.

The new license plate design will replace the current plate that launched in 2006 with modifications in 2011, 2016 and 2017.

Focus on what you do

If you want a friend, be a friend. There is never a guarantee. However, if you do not put anything into a friendship, it’s certain the friendship will never grow.

Keep in mind that friendships take time. The Bible says “a man of too many friends will soon come to ruin,” Proverbs 18:24. Why is this? Because too much time maintaining too many friends doesn’t allow you the time you need to work your job, spend time with your family, do your school and life work, and take care of your business. If a person has 10 or 20 friends to spend time with every week or even month, they will eventually neglect their family or careers.

The key is balance. Invest in people with your time and life, and some of it will come back to you from others. Sometimes it won’t. This is why you have to be realistic in building your network of friends and relationships.

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Asking for prayers and support for a member of the LCMS family

Let’s lend support for the Lake City Middle School Baseball Coach B. A. Idles and his family.

He lends his support in the community by being a youth leader and a deacon at a local church. His family got some upsetting news about his almost 2-year-old son, Blayze, and needs the community’s positive thoughts and prayers during this time.

I know there is power in prayer. My mom got very sick when I was 4 and my baby brother, Danny Jr., was 1, just 10 days after having my twin brothers at 33 weeks. So even though I was only 4, I do remember how hard it was on my family.

My dad had two kids at home and a wife and two very tiny babies in two different hospitals. I’m 11 now and a student at LCMS.

Coach Idles is part of the LCMS family and I know the staff and students are cheering for him and his son.

Suzanne Long-Holstein has set up a go fund me page for the family called, “Help the Idles family and Blayze.”