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Mario Artesiano, John Austin, TSB, Lois Baker, Gail Blanda,   Barron Bray*, Bob Burke, Tommye Cashin, Sal Cenicola, H.C., Patti Cundiff, Mark Davis, Barbara DeRatto, John Fedak, Mary Ann Ferguson, Rebecca Gaylor, Jacqueline Grady, Barron Grey, Keith Griffin, John Grimsley, Charlotte Guido, Bill Gutelius*, Fred Hegeman, John Helton, Mary Jane Hurd, Cheryl & Larry Hutchinson, Mark Kelso, Edward & Sharon Kirk, Timothy Kite, Ben Koreski, Kathleen Koreski, H.L., Jim Loisel & Family*, Ruth Elizabeth Melvin, Anna Grace Mallon, Janice Marderosian, George Metz, Nancy Moore, David Morton, Nina & Ralph Murphy, Gail Nick, Ed Nickey, Fr. Dan O’Connell, Fran Owen, Frank Paul, Nell Pidgeon, MJR, Patricia Reilly, A.J. Salimando, Gordy Seaman, Douglas Seaman, Richard Sedlacek, Eddie Michael Smith*, Dwight Spivey, Mike Stefanik, Kimberly Webb & Family*, Richard Wineman, Herman Woodard, and our service men and women. *Newly added names to the prayer list.  Names remain on the list for 30 days, unless otherwise requested.                              

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“David” and Slaying Giants, Through Grace

Michelangelo’s David is arguably one of the most famous pieces of art ever created. Anyone can recognize the statue, even if only because they once saw a copy of it in an Italian restaurant. Many people have grown indifferent to the statue because of its popularity and how commonplace it has become. However, as I sat in the Accademia Gallery in Florence beholding Michelangelo’s masterpiece for myself, the only possible response was one of wonder and awe. Michelangelo invites you to enter into the drama of the historical David and everything it represents: radical dependence on God in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The David radiates the timeless beauty of human perfection found in God, which resonates deeply in the heart of man. As I stood in wonder before the David, I felt taken out of the ordinary and the growing desire for excellence. Michelangelo is unique in his portrayal of David.

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only begotten Son, that who ever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (KJV)
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourselfJohn 3:16 (KJV)
He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved son. Through Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.Col 1, 13