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January 20-22:
Mount Olive Women’s Retreat
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January 23:
Mount Olive Missions at Pizza Ranch
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January 23:
MOECC Preschool Registration to the Public

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Key Verse:

“Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1

 

A Fresh Start
By Pastor Jon Haakana

There is an old story about a happy little boy who went out into the field wearing a baseball cap. In one hand he carried a baseball, and in the other a baseball bat. His face bore a look of tremendous confidence. Cocking his bat, he tossed the ball into the air, saying, "I’m the greatest batter in the world!" Then he swung and missed. "Strike one," he said. He picked up the ball, examined it, and then threw it into the air again. As he swung, he repeated, "I’m the greatest batter in the world." Once again he missed. "Strike two," he said. This time, he stopped to examine his bat to make sure there wasn’t a hole in it. Then he picked up the ball, adjusted his cap, and tossed the ball into the air for the 3rd time. He repeated again, "I’m the greatest batter in the world," and swung with all his might and missed for the 3rd straight time. "Wow" he cried, "What a pitcher. I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!"

We have begun a new year, and as we look back over the last 12 months, I’m not sure whether most of us would be considered pitchers or batters. One thing is for sure, at times we have all struck out. So I guess it’s good to be able to start over afresh.

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