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Vol. 1 No. 11

Updated date: 05/05/2010 - 09:51
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December 17, 2009

Dear OAK Members,

     This is a special time of year for celebrating the greatest of all miracles—God becoming a man and living among us. I pray that this will be a special season for you and your loved ones, a time of increased vision and purpose, as well as a strengthening of your union with the Lord and His body, the church.

     I do understand why many Christians do not like the overdone commercialization of Christmas to the point of not even wanting to celebrate it at all. Others are concerned about some of the pagan influences that some of our Christmas traditions were based on. The apostle Paul addressed this issue in Romans 14:5-6: “One man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Let each man be fully convinced in his own mind.” We should allow those who celebrate Christmas to do it as unto the Lord, and those who do

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Vol. 1 No. 12

Updated date: 05/05/2010 - 09:50
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December 23, 2009

Dear OAK Members,

     This is a time of year when even many heathen like to think of it as a season of peace and joy. For Christians it should be even more so. The Father loved us so much that He sent His Son for our salvation! The Son loved us so much that He came, lived among us so that He could completely identify with us, and then suffered one of the most cruel and unjust executions ever, because He loved us. Who cannot be filled with joy for having such a God!

     God loves us so much He has showered us with the most remarkable gifts, and the most remarkable of all is His Son. Though scholars say it is unlikely that Jesus was actually born this time of year that does not deny the fact that it is a wonderful thing to celebrate His birth, His coming to the earth to live as a man for our redemption. It is a wonderful thing that such a big deal

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Vol. 1 No. 13

Updated date: 05/05/2010 - 09:50
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December 29, 2009

Dear OAK Members,

     Congratulations to all who survived 2009! May 2010 be the best year of your life! It really can be, and we’re expecting it to be. That does not mean that there will not be difficulties, but we know the One who is over all of them, and is the Answer to every human problem. He upholds the universe with His power, and will be glad to help us. The Holy Spirit moved upon the chaos in the beginning, and look what a great place He made out of it. So remember, regardless of how much chaos there is, He can not only deal with it, but make something very beautiful out of it.

     This is the last letter of 2009, and you will notice a change with the next one. As we have just been getting started, these first letters have mostly covered general philosophy, principles, and purposes of The Oak. We’ve been waiting for the New Year to make a shift. In a number of ways this coming year may be the most important in our lifetime. We intend to go into it with clear vision and


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