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Dear Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. 
If you have attended MBC in person or watched on line you’ve noticed me moving slowly and using a cane. I had a MRI that showed that I have spinal stenosis which causes me to lose all feeling in my legs. The cause is vertebra in my lower back which are degenerating and compressing the nerves that go to my legs. Yesterday, (Thursday, October 21) I was able to visit with a neurosurgeon and I will be having surgery on March 16.  The reason this is scheduled so far out is because of COVID 19 restrictions.  I’m hopeful I can get in sooner. But until then I will do my best to carry on! 
I was given a prescription that hopefully will ease the pain. Because I had never heard of this medication I decided to read the information that came with the medicine from the pharmacist.  Among the many side effects are:
Lack of coordination
Viral infection
Feeling drowsy
Difficulty speaking
Double vision and more.
I was also instructed to “call a healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:
Thoughts about suicide or dying
Attempted suicide
New or worse depression
New or worse anxiety
Feeling agitated or restless
Panic attacks
Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
The list goes on and ends with: “other unusual changes in behavior.”
Now, I plan to take the medicine because these “side effects” are rare and occur in a small percentage of people. Additionally, manufactures have to provide these warnings for those rare occasions when people do have an adverse reaction to some medicine and they can say, “Well, I warned you!”
As I read those warnings I thought of the many warnings and admonitions found in the Bible that are absolutes. For example and in no particular order:
Realize the terrible consequences of un-confessed sin: (Galatians 6:7-8)
Be careful how you live: (Eph 5:15)
Test the spirits: (1 John 4:1; Prov 16:25)
Let go of empty words: (Matthew 12:36; Eph 4:29, 5:4)
Put aside revenge: (Prov 20:22; 1 Peter 2:23)
Use your influential power for wisely: (Luke 17:1; Matt 18:6; 1 Thess 5:11)
Keep your vows to God: (Duet 23:21; Num 30:2)
Avoid Sexual sins: (1 Cor 6:18; 1 Thess 4:3; Romans 12:1)
Refuse to call evil good: (Eph 5:11-12; Isa 5:20) 
You no doubt could add to this list. It is by no means complete. God’s warning are meant to be heeded. Failure to follow God’s warnings lead to a miserable life and life-long side effecfs.
See you this Sunday in person or online.
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug