Today Pastor Dave wants to give us an update on the program he is working on with the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  They are currently studying what it means to thrive in life and to experience a life of fruitfulness.  What does it mean to live in a community of faith within the church? Christianity is about thriving.  Jesus spoke about it multiple times.  He said that he wanted us to know an abundant life.  We can thrive no matter what age we are and no matter what our financial circumstances.   Pastor Dave likes to use the term “joy filled”.  We are loved by a God who knows and loves us.  That knowledge can help us get through some pretty serious times.  There has been a lot of scientific study done on the topic, what does it take for human beings to be joy filled and thrive.  How can we experience abundant living, fruitfulness and self-fulfillment?  It is found that leisure is a very important factor as well.  Fruitfulness in regard to a Christian perspective is bringing the knowledge of Jesus Christ to others.  How do we grow in this experience in our lives and in the lives of others.

The outcome of this program will be very positive as Pastor Dave applies these fundamentals and sermon series here in our church.  If you are unable to attend please join us online.  We spend most of our time with work and responsibilities.  We will be focusing on balancing our life between work and leisure.

In the meantime, keep going keeping the joy in life, knowing that God is smiling at you.  He loves and cares for you beyond all measure. Remember we are all in this together.  May God bless you.

Pastor Dave

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