Have a great blessed new year. Continue to pray for rain.
One of your new year resolutions should have been to do to everything you can to make God’s world a better place to live. The thing that bothers me the most is smoking and second hand smoke. Judge Bearden, you need to add a smoking ban to your agenda for the County Court. Smoking should be banned in all public places and within 50 feet of all places that serve food. I occasionally see some of my former students and give them a hug and some of them smell as though they had spent the night in a fire place. This cannot be good for them or their family and friends. Do something about this.
Wishes for a happy birthday go to Jeffrey Gentry on January 8th, to Caroline Hudson on January 10th, to Beth Leifeste on January 13th and to Lou Fleming on January 15th. Have a great special celebration on your birthday.
It is good to have Clara McInnis home after being away with her family for Christmas. And it was good to have Caroline Jordan and Maria Mutis worship with us.
The Art Men’s Choir will have their next practice on Wednesday, January 14th at 6:30 p.m.
Prayers for healing were requested for Helen Donop and George Keller. Continue to pray for Jean Horton. And pray that everyone remains healthy during this crazy, cold weather we are having.
Rev. Krause used the New Testament scripture from Acts 5:27-42 for his sermon on The Epiphany of the Lord Sunday.
The disciples were again brought before the council and the high priest again asked them “Did we not strictly command you not to teach any man in this name? And behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and you intend to bring the blood of this man upon us.” Then Peter and the other apostles answered, saying “We must obey God rather than man. The God of our fathers has raised up Jesus whom you murdered when you nailed Him to the cross. This very one God has appointed as our Prince and Saviour, and has lifted Him up by His right hand so that He may grant repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.”
And a Pharisee named Gamaliel explained to the council that if this thought and this work were of men, it would fail and pass; but if it be of God, you cannot suppress it. The apostles were let go, rejoicing that they had been worthy to suffer abuse for the sake of His name. And they taught daily in the temple and preached concerning our Lord Jesus Christ.
The disciples had had an epiphany – a sudden revelation when God and the Holy Spirit become known and we become true servants of Jesus Christ. This is a real “God moment”, a time when new insights and understanding come to us. We must faithfully listen to understand these revelations. God will be listening to your prayers for help for you and for others.
God loves us so much that we must love Him even more. The disiples loved Him so much that they had to preach and tell the love of Christ to all of the world. God’s message is worth dying for. God’s work cannot be stopped; the Holy Spirit will always be working within us. Prayer and faith will make the difference in us. Our lives will be blessed. Ask God to be empowered to follow the will of Jesus in your life.