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In this time period, as I thought about it, and particularly in anticipation for the fortieth coming up, I wanted to reach back and perhaps answer the question as to why God has blessed our church. There's no question about the fact that He has, we have all lived in that blessing. I've lived in it for the duration of my years here. I can honestly say to you that there has never been a moment in 40 years, not a single moment in which I wished that I was not here and wish I wished I was somewhere else. There have been times when I wanted to be used by the Lord somewhere else when I wished I could be two people so I could go somewhere else, particularly in a mission-field environment and minister there. But there has never been a fleeting moment when I have ever, ever thought to myself I wish I weren't here, but I wish I were somewhere else.

It has been a blessed journey. It has been full of all kinds of adventure, all the ups and downs of life. But it has been a profound blessing to my life. And that's the way the body of Christ works. You have blessed me, this congregation has blessed me, the leadership of this church has blessed me. Those who serve here have blessed me, whether we're talking about the senior citizens, one of whom we had a funeral for yesterday, Maureen Klattenburg, and how she blessed my life with her incessant prayers to, I think there were seven little girls under ten who hugged me when I arrived this morning, everybody in between. This church has filled my life with blessing and with love and joy and the same is true of our family. And there are reasons that this church has been a blessing, not only to me but to all of us and to generations who have gone before us in the past 40 years....

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