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Fragrance of Christ

Dear Friends,

Did you ever notice how a particular fragrance can be imprinted in your memory? I could have been blind folded and led into my mother’s apartment, and I would have instantly known where I was. And, of course, I remember the fragrance of Bev’s perfume when I first met my wife 42 years ago. Not long ago, I spent two hours in Starbucks meeting with a friend, and when I returned home, I smelled just like Starbucks!

Paul wrote, “For we are the fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma of life to life” (2 Corinthians 2:15-16).

Think about the last part of that passage: “An aroma of life to life.” Jesus told us, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

Unlike those who not know Christ as their Savior, followers of Christ have a choice. We can live our lives submitted to the Lord allowing Christ to live His aroma of life through Continue reading Fragrance of Christ

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Bev’s Second Surgey

Dear Friends,

This afternoon during some prayer time, I began to weep suddenly. I’d been feeling tender all day, but now this. Why?

Then, I realized that in about 14 hours Bev, my wife of 42 years was going to have her second major surgery associated with her double mastectomy. A flood of memories together engulfed me.

The first time I saw her at the First National Bank of Maitland, I was applying for a loan to build a restaurant made out of a caboose and five railroad box cars. I knew from that moment that she was the girl I wanted to marry and grow old together with.

Together we have experienced many births and new beginnings. About six months after our marriage, we were both born again as we were introduced to Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. The exhilaration of the births of our three children—Matthew, Andrew and Danielle. The births of our two amazing grandchildren—did I tell you how bright they are? The birth of our Caboose Restaurant and real estate development company—The Crown Company. The birth of Crown Ministries and more recently Compass—finances God’s way.

We’ve also experience our share of deaths and the end of chapters in our lives. The deaths of all four of our parents and Andrew when he was 11. The sale of the Caboose and The Crown Company before we started Crown Ministries. The unexpected transition from Crown Financial Ministries after serving there for 22 years.

Bottom line, we have experienced life together with all its highs and lows. Through it all, we have grown in our love for each other and in our love and trust of Christ. When we are in the midst of a challenging time or know of someone who is facing something hard, we often ask each other, “How do people make it who don’t know Jesus? How do people make it if they don’t have a soul mate with whom they can pray encourage each other?”

This is my prayer for you on the eve of Bev’s surgery when she and I are in a tender place, thankful for praying friends like you, and trusting in the absolutely faithful God of the universe. May you come to know Christ better. May you be surrounded with His people who genuinely care for you.

Gratefully in Christ,
Howard Dayton