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Sutton Is 4

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

This weekend brought on another exciting time in the life of our family. There were people all around. Adults were talking and children playing. A birthday party brought us together.

Suttton Paul Nachtigall will be 4 years old this Wednesday but they wanted to have his party over the weekend. It went really well. I can tell you that boy knows how to open anything that has a present in it!

He got trucks and dinosaurs which made him extremely happy. He may not be able to tell you what he wants to eat, but he can tell you the name of trucks, tractors and most any dinosaur you can pick out. It’s amazing how he knows all that stuff.

Sutton has a way of doing things that keeps you guessing what his next step is going to be. In many ways he is just like any other 4 year old, but then there are those moments when he is so unique.

As I thought about the party and his upcoming birthday I thought of my Dad. In my office is a picture of my Dad, me, Joshua and new born Sutton. Dad is grinning because it is the first 4 generation picture of Nachtigall men. He was so happy to be a part of that special moment.

I’m sure if Dad were still here, he would be so excited that his great-grandson was turning 4 years old and doing so well. But Dad was always praying for all the grandchildren to know Christ as their Savior. That was the most important thing to him.

Truth is - that is what I want for Sutton and all of my grandchildren. I want them to know Christ as their Savior and to trust Him to lead them through every step of their life. While Sutton is infatuated with trucks, tractors and dinosaurs right now, I want that infatuation to turn into a love for Christ that takes him through his life.

I know that Paul was not Timothy’s biological father, but he wanted him to be the man that God desired him to be. In 2 Tim. 1:5-7 Paul said, “For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that is in you as well. 6 for this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”

I will be giving Sutton a truck that was handmade by a man in Wakita for my Dad. I want it to remind him that trucks go back to his great-grandpa. While I may give Sutton a truck, I want to share Christ with him in such a way that one day, he will call out to Jesus to come into his heart, forgive him of his sins and save his soul.

When I give Sutton the truck, I will have a verse taped inside of it that says – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15). Whatever Sutton does in life, I want him to be the man God wants him to be.

Papa loves you Sutton and I am praying for you.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul