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September 1, 2023

I don’t know about you, but I have a bad habit of shaping Christianity to match my preferences more than my preferences being shaped by Christianity. When that happens, I live way below the overflowing life God offers me as His child. I miss out!

God’s creation is diverse and so are His children. His majesty is displayed in the variety of all that He has made. We should be in awe and worship Him in light of this, but we get stuck naval gazing and miss the joys of celebrating others made in His image. Others who may not act or look like us, but have so much to bless us with if they were allowed into our lives.

It’s not only us personally who are impacted negatively by these narrow views. There are many people who don’t believe they can know our Jesus because they just wouldn’t fit in with “our group”. They might be too messy or have colored hair. Maybe they enjoy different music styles than you or grew up with fewer economic benefits. The list could go on and on, yet not one of these things prevents us from knowing Christ and walking together with Him. Quite the opposite. When we come together under Christ, not expecting everyone to be just like us, we show the world the amazing grace of God to make a people from every tribe and nation. This is such a easy and powerful way to display God’s grace.

The world loves to hate. God’s people should love to love! In the manner in which we’ve been loved by God in Christ. This beautiful unity is what River Region Christians is and has always been about… Sharing hope and building community through the Gospel across the River Region. May what you read in this month’s issue inspire you to celebrate your relationship with God and with others.

Finally, thank you to the advertisers that support our ministry, and our writers and contributors who use their talents to encourage us with the Good News.

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Jason and his wife DeAnne have 3 kids and have called the River Region home most of their lives. A former Family & Student Minister who, together with DeAnne, launched KeepSharing LLC to publish local family and faith resources across Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

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