Dear Church,

There are certain books that stick with you long after you read them for the first time. Over the past two years, I have come to treasure James K.A. Smith’s You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. I return to its pages again and again as I think about what it means to be formed in the image of Christ. If you are looking for a book that can change the way you see yourself and the world, then I recommend this book to you. Some of you are still looking for the perfect Christmas gift, and I promise that this book will become a cherished gift to those in your life. I want to include one quote from Smith’s book in my letter to you, and I would love it if you would take some time and think about how you would answer the question, “What is the ultimate love in your life?”

“To be human is to have a heart. You can’t not love. So, the question isn’t whether you will love something as ultimate; the question is what you will love as ultimate. And you are what you love.”

I hope you will be in worship on Sunday morning as we continue our series through Advent. This week we will look at Luke 2:8-20. It is going to be a great day at the First Baptist Church of Augusta.

Grace and Peace, Will