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Dear Church Family,
        Where will you be today? How hard will it be for you to convince someone that "you are a child of God"? Will they know without you having to say a word? Jesus said, "as the Father has sent Me, even so, I also send you"!  Will I be a "reflection of Christ" or a "distraction from Christ"?  Most people know that, once a year, Sharlene and I get away, for a day, to go to Kentucky Speedway. This past July was no different, except something happened that put this "I send you" thing on center stage. I was standing in line for a sandwich, when all of a sudden, someone hauls off and hits me, a blow that glances off my shoulder and winds up on my jaw. I was stunned for a minute, when I finally pulled my wits together, I realized it was a young drunk man who wanted to argue about" who the best driver was". He kept getting in my face and yelling "who's the best driver?" Finally, the Holy Spirit gave me peace and I said, "When I can, I always try to let Jesus take the wheel, He is a pretty good driver!" Well, this young man's whole countenance changed and he looked like he had been smacked in the face with a wet rabbit. His eyes teared up and he said, "I am so sorry, I am so sorry!" I told him I forgave him and to promise me that he would start his conversations a little more peaceful, and maybe he should let Jesus "take the wheel" before he goes home. He shook his head yes and walked away, still shaking his head. As I turned to go back to my seat, I noticed people were watching and one guy gave me a thumbs up. I thanked the Lord for not letting me embarrass Him, myself, or anyone else by getting mad and cleaning this guy's clock. I am so glad God never sends us anywhere alone, but He always sends us where He plans to be. Two things could have happened that day-someone could have gotten hurt or someone could have gotten saved. I pray this young man let "Jesus take the wheel" and that, somehow, I opened the door for him, to let Jesus slide in the driver's seat. Selah!

Pastor Gary Beatty