It has been a great pleasure as I study to prepare the whole book synopsis sermons that are taking us through the Bible in the sermon series called, "A Look at the Book." I hope that you are benefitting as much as I am, from this broad overview of the landscape of scripture and how the various book of the Bible fit together.

Many years ago I was able to attend a church ministry conference that dramatically shaped my ideas about the kind of church that can be dynamic impact for Jesus Christ in any city. Recently I was reflecting again on some of those important lessons.

Dear Quail family,
I long for each person at Quail to fall deeply in love with the word of God and through that word with Jesus. However, I recently realized that the way we preachers structure our messages it is hard for people to see the Bible’s big picture. What I mean by the “big picture” is the ability to understand each of the books of the Bible in terms of its purpose, setting in history and how each book relates to all of the other books of the Bible.

Way back in 2003 the Elders worked hard to hammer out a statement of the core values at Quail. It was important time of thought and prayer in that our values determine our church distinctive qualities. Values communicate the botton line and show us what we think is really important.

I have a special sensitivity about Christmas lights these days. For those of you who remember my fall while hanging ours a few years ago, you will know why. However, that incident has not diminished my love for the colorful lights that we see springing up all around us as Christmas approaches.