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Above: Isaiah :) My buddy/cousin
Below: Charis, Evie, and Sarah Katie :)
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 Over the past year or so, I've come to the realization of how much joy children bring to me.  God has placed me in the company of the most wonderful little ones.  I whole-heartedly believe in the depravity of man and that they are still rebels against God, until (or if) they become regenerate.  But at the same time, for me, looking at the smile of a child makes my heart want to sing.  Though I also afirm that biblical parenting must be active, I think that we can learn from those a few feet down. 
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Above: Paul (love him :) ) and Miriam (sweet sweet sweet) Carmicheal
"At that time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" Matt. 18: 1-3
Above: (left) Matthew Persinger..he has train suspenders haha (right) Evie Hudson :) (her name means mighty proclaimer of the gospel..awesome.)
Below: Caleb and our cousin Fitzy (they're the man (plural))
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"But when Jesus saw it, He was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to Me' do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." Mark 10:15

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Above: These girls had just met, and an hour later they were holding hands. I miss being 3. haha
"Those who have no love for children are swine, stocks, and logs unworthy of being called men or women; for they despise the blessings of God, the Creator and Author of marriage." -Martin Luther
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Above: C, Yamilah, and Zahra...sweeties!
Below: Eva Huff, and the three Cobb girls: Madelyn, Emma, and Lydia
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    My Jesus, I beg You that I would become worthy enough to suffer for You wonderful name!

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvVXF1kmc2Q

    "Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name" Acts 5:41

    "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I  am weak, then I am stong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    "There is creation and Creator, nothing more. And creation gets all its meaning and purpose from God." John Piper-don't waste your life 

    "Life is wasted when we do not live for the glory of God. And I mean ALL of life. It's all for His glory. That's why the Bible gets down to eatting and drinking. "Whether you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD" We waste our lives when we do not weave God into our eatting and drinking and every other part by enjoying and displaying Him." 
    John Piper- don't waste your life


    "Let worship be the heart of mission's aim

    To see the nations recognize Your name
    'Til every tribe and tongue voices Your praise
    Send us out
    You should be the praise of every toungue
    You should be the joy of every heart
    But until the fullness of Your kingdom comes
    Until that final revelation dawns
    Send us out


            -Matt Redman                   Mission's Flame

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