Still Developing: The most expensive Valentine

February is the month we think about those we love and ways we can demonstrate that love. We buy candy, stuffed toys and cards in an attempt to show those we appreciate just how much we love them. We promise our eternal love to someone with a card that costs $8.95 and plays a tune with our chosen sentiment. We hope that when they open the card or gift they understand just how much we love them and that they feel the same way. Last year, the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker came up with a survey on Valentine’s spending. Their poll of 1,504 adults (some of which had household incomes of $100,000 or more) concluded that Americans would spend an average of $213 on their loved ones, and total spending might reach $37 billion! The total number of Hallmark Cards made specifically for Valentine’s day is a whopping 1,400. That’s a lot of love. Try to remember the card you picked out for your sweetheart last year. You probably will have difficultly remembering what your card said and what you gave them, unless you are among the 6 million a year who propose to someone on Valentine’s day; hope that went well for you last year. When you look at the numbers we spend on Valentine ’s Day, it seems that we really do love expressing love. John 3:16 is sort of God’s Valentine to all of us, “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” (KJV). Now that is a real costly expression of love! We sing the following song as an expression of His love; “Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” The most expensive Valentine; Jesus paid it all! Certainly, we need to share this love with others, not only this month but every chance we have. If you want to demonstrate your love for the Savior, consider a gift to the Falls Creek Centennial Campaign, it will accomplish much for the Kingdom. A love gift or pledge toward the Falls Creek Centennial Campaign would enhance the ministry of the Falls Creek Conference Center, which means more people coming to know Jesus as Savor and Lord. Almost 2.3 million have attended Falls Creek in the past 97 years, with more than 250,000 decisions made at Falls Creek. Of those 61,000 were decisions of professions of faith and more than 34,000 decisions were calls to ministry. Since the opening of the R.A. Young Tabernacle in 2007, 51,000 young people have heard God’s call in that hallowed place; 17,000 youth have answered the call to salvation and 8,000 answered the call to ministry. What better way to show your love for the Savior and the Gospel message by giving to the ministry of Falls Creek? Your monthly pledge to Falls Creek Centennial Campaign is easy to set up and would provide for the love of God to be shared in people’s lives for years to come. Unlike candy, your gift to the Falls Creek Centennial Campaign will not add pounds to someone’s waistline. It will add opportunity for people to hear the Gospel and come to know Jesus as Savior. Along with the Valentine’s card, share your testimony often this month of just how Jesus gave this most expensive Valentine’s to you. Contact me for more information about your gift for the Falls Creek Centennial Campaign at 405/516-4868, mharkey@bgco.org, or toll free at...

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