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As a new year begins, we often look back and remember events of the past year. We also look forward to plans for the coming year. As we reflect on this past year, 2015, one thing that is very heartwarming is the believers’ support and generosity in LLC’s many work forms. Without this support, the work would be in vain. Looking forward, we wonder what plans God has in store for us. On the horizon we see additional needs at our camp centers and the possibility of adding more facilities to support in the area of camp work. Local congregations continue to grow and so do the requests for additional support from the office. With these requests we prayerfully ask for God’s continued guidance and blessing.
Many parents and childcare experts talk about the importance of spending quality time together as a family. For some, life has become so busy that it’s difficult to fit quality time with their children into an already hectic schedule. But what is quality time? Is it enough to be available when it is convenient? Has spending time with children become an obligation?
One definition of sin states that sin is everything that is contrary to the will of God. Sin is also described as the falling away of the heart from God. We cannot fully understand or know all our sins. “Sin is a religious concept. It cannot be understood by reason. It becomes apparent only in the light of God’s revelation” (Bible Concepts: Sin Voice of Zion, Sept. 1993). Sin is more than doing certain deeds or leaving deeds undone. Prophet Jeremiah relates: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9). “Sin continually corrupts man’s soul and body. Man’s reason is blinded and his will inclined to evil” (Christian Doctrine 24).
The date inside this old and treasured Bible reads 1683, which means that the Bible is now 333 years old. In August 2014, Doug and Margaret Bratt, Minneapolis-area elders, asked if they could place this treasured Bible into the LLC archives’ safekeeping.