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This article is by Stuart Dixon, one of the Elders of the Berkshire Hills Church.

Some years ago while in college I met a young lady while working at a summer job on campus. We seemed to hit it off right from the start and spent every spare moment with each other. I fell head over heals for this young lady and thought perhaps she was the one to marry. I felt that everything was right as we had simular interests and shared the common ground of being in the SDA Church. I felt deep down in my heart that God had put us together. Just before classes started in the fall she went home to make the finial preparations for campus life. Oh how I missed not having her around for the 5 days she was gone. I called her on the phone and sent up a funny tape to her home. Yes it was going to be a grand reunion when she returned. But things did not go as planned.She came back to the college and I did not know it for almost a day. That should have been my first clue things were amiss.
I was so in love with her that I did not see that things were changing. I told her that I felt that God had put us together.She looked at me and said How come he did not tell me?  That was a hard blow. For days I wept and dragged myself around campus. But she was correct. Love is a two sided street. I was consulting my own feelings thinking I was consulting God
Many times God has to jar us into reality like he did me to see the truth about a situation. It is very hard some times to see the difference between what we want and what God wants. The best way to see what God wants is to study the Bible. As we become knowledgable about the scriptures we can see God's will. Many times it is not the same as our will and we may get upset. But as we get the mind of Jesus, His will become a joy for us and life will not be so full of hard dissapointments. And if we do get dissapointed, Jesus will see us through them.
In Second Kings chapter one we see the story of a King that fell down and had a very serious injury. He sent men to consult the local  god to see if he would recover. Elijah stopped the men and asked "Is there no God in Israel that you must consult Baal? The out come of the story is not pleasant for the King.
So it is with us as we consult the God of Heaven instead of our own feelings. God sees the big picture and has a better plan.
As for me and my hard times with romance, God brought a wonderful woman into my life and we have been married for 35 years.
Who are you consulting today?

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Pastor Dennis Farley, his wife Barbara, and their Doberman Gus moved to our district in May 2013.  He has been an educator and pastor all his professional life.  He is well-known for his large beard, twinkly eyes, and sense of humor.  He operates on the belief that every interaction, no matter how incidental, has the potential to leave a person a little more open or a little less open to the Holy Spirit.  One of his favorite sayings is "I cling to the naive belief that somewhere between here and the Kingdom, Christians will become Christlike."  He loves people of all ages and backgrounds, and he especially enjoys being out in the country again after years of service in or near metropolitan areas.