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The 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Regift

     We all know what regifting is; either taking a gift you received and giving it to someone else…or…taking something you have but no longer use and passing that along to another person with the hopes that they will be able to use and appreciate it. We all probably have someone in our lives who does this on a regular basis. Some may be very appreciative of an item that was regifted, while others are annoyed by this practice, but regardless of where you fall on this subject, it’s important to recognize that, in most cases, this regifting is done out of love and joy with no malicious intent, and the receiver should show thanks.
     Jesus was the greatest gift humankind has ever received; a gift from God who continues to impact the world thousands of years later. In applying this theme of regifting to Jesus and our Christian faith, I’d like for each of you reading this message to consider how you are regifting Christ. How are you regifting your faith by passing it along to others? Faith is a gift that will keep on giving for a life-time, and it’s a gift that won’t diminish simply because you’ve passed it along to another person; rather than this gift being finite and limited, faith is a gift that grows when it is regifted to someone else. So, regift Christ. Regift your faith. Regift the greatest gift we’ve ever been given, salvation through Christ Jesus and the knowledge that our sins are forgiven. Amen.

- Pastor Todd

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