December 2014 Newsletter from Brian

December 2014 Newsletter From Brian December 24, 2014

Hi All,

I was going to give you an update on all things Johnson County but have been guided away from that for
good cause, I am sure. But in that thought, the new North Annex and Superior Court is open and we went
live in the new 911 Center on December 17, 2014. We still have a small punch list to complete in the 911 Center, but all is well and functioning and it is a big weight off of my shoulders. Greenwood will be moving in next week and the transfer will be complete. Halleluiah!!!!!!

I will update you on “All Things Johnson County” after the new year.

As this time of year comes, I always meditate and contemplate my life and what I have done with my past
year. I do not wait until New Year’s Eve as some. I am not sure why, but this is when the Lord puts these things upon my heart.

As we approach the celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth, and I realize that it can be argued about which day Christ was actually born, it doesn’t concern me that we celebrate on the day coming
tomorrow, but it does concern me that we celebrate. As for me and my house, we will celebrate the birth
of Christ tomorrow and every day thereafter.

I tried to focus on the past year but kept coming back to what I am about to write………..

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

And my life verse, Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall
be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

These are the plain and simple verses that kept coming into my heart and mind along with one more thing
that Christ said, “ I go to prepare a place for you.”

But for that to happen, He had to be born. He had to die. He had to resurrect. He had to go back to
heaven to be with His Father.

This is where I was caught. He had to die. This brought me to my knees. My Jesus had to die.

Think of the love, feel the pain of the sacrifice for a Father who gave a Son. Jesus was born on this earth to suffer and die. He knew that from the beginning of time. God knew this time would come. It was not a surprise to God or Jesus. The Word was God and the Word was with God. I have no doubt about who my God is. My God is the Creator of all things from the beginning of time and before. He is also my Redeemer and the sacrifice for all those who will except Him and His sacrifice. We did nothing but deserve to die and forever be separated from God. That would be the most painful part. I do not want to even think about how life would be without my God………..for eternity.

Then I think about the pain that I felt when loved ones died, my grandparents, my other relatives, my
friends. I have felt that pain, as many of you have. I can’t begin to imagine giving my son as a sacrifice for anyone. But my God willingly gave his Son to come to this earth and experience life as a human being, 100% God and 100% man. He not only allowed it, He could have stopped it and let us die in our sins for eternity, but my God gave His Son willingly to be tortured and killed for us. What a love! I know the love I have for my son and daughter, and I know that I could not do that. I have no comprehension of that kind of love……….unconditional love. The love God has for us was a love that is perfect and eternal. Then there is Jesus. He willingly gave himself for us. There was no reservation in His heart and mind. He, who could have said no and allowed us to die in our sin, willingly gave His life to save ours. He knew what He was going to go through. He knew the pain and death that was coming. He knew He would be separated from His Father, which He had never felt before, to take our sin upon Him. Again, that was the greatest pain, the separation from God. He took our sins and was bruised, beaten, mercilessly tortured, and hung on a cross to die. Willingly! But that started with a birth, a humble birth, a loving birth, that we celebrate in the morning. My Savior! My God! My Jesus!

As I think of that love, I think of those who have gone before, the family and friends that I miss. The ones that are now in the bosom of God. Through the loss of these loved ones I am a better person. A person who has experienced loss, but still doesn’t understand unconditional love. I had and do have more to learn.

Then loss continued. God gave me a friend and a passion for kids. My heart was softened by an animal.
Who would have known. It started with a Black Labrador named Lazer. He started the softening that God
knew I would need to do His Will that was laid out. Then there was my boxer, Ruger. He was the one who
showed me unconditional love at its best. He loved me with all his heart. He didn’t care about my faults, my sin. He loved me for me, just as God does. I always thought it was a shame that a canine had to show me that kind of love to understand it, but God knew what would get my heart. He will use many things to bring you to where He wants you to be. Our life is preparation for life in eternity and if we are believers, God will get us to where He wants us to be. We need to accept that and be prepared. Be prepared and ready!

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior on December 25, 2014, be prepared. Prepare your hearts to
be His. I know in my faith I look for the morning to come, the morning that we celebrate the birth of
Jesus, the same morning that I lost the one God sent to soften my heart and teach me unconditional love, my Ruger. I thank God for the time I had with him and I know that he is one of my loved ones lost on this earth who has gone to meet Jesus. Jesus is looking after my Ruger and giving him a petting and throwing him a tennis ball right now. Why? Because He loves me, as much as He loved His own Son, and because I have hope and faith in Him, who loved me enough to give His Son as a sacrifice for me. And He knows my love for my lost ones and my Ruger.

Happy Birthday, Jesus. I love you and thank you for your Grace, Mercy, and Unconditional Love.

Merry Christmas to all! May God Bless you and keep you safe in His love! Keep the faith my friends.

His Servant,


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