Get ready for some more cold weather; it’s coming; it’s that time of the year. Also, pray for some rain. God has been so good to us in many ways but we do need rain to survive.
Wishes for a happy birthday go to Kambree Jade Kothmann on January 18th, to John Koock on January 21st, and to both Ruby Toeppich and Billy Wayne Koock on January 22nd. Have a really great celebration. You deserve it.
Next Tuesday, January 20th, is Inauguration Day for the new president. Continue your prayers for our country during this time of change. Also pray for Israel as their situation seems rather serious.
Now for some good news; Florence Blake is moving to Fredericksburg next Saturday. She has been in San Antonio with her daughter and is really happy to be back close to her friends. And we will really be glad to see her.
Prayers were requested for Cindy Mitchell, Barbara Krause’s sister, as some of her family is having difficulties and have moved in with her. Also pray for Joanna Garrison, Kathy Jordan’s friend and for Barbara Walker. Also pray for Cheryl Clark as she survives the snow and ice in Montana. Continue your prayers for Jean Horton and Helen Donop.
The great pictures taken during the delivery of the Christmas boxes in Mexico are available for viewing at the back of the church. The joy and excitement that these gifts caused is so apparent in the pictures. Be sure to see them. And we need to thank those great people who made the deliveries. Their stories about the trip are inspiring.
Marian Leifeste has a new great granddaughter. Her name is Clara Marie Cochran, born January 3rd, weighing a little over seven pounds. Her parents are Jill and Steve Cochran. Everyone is doing great and the whole family is happy to finally have a girl.
“The Lord Will Provide” was the title for Rev. Krause’s sermon. The scripture from Acts 6:1-7 describes the disciple’s concerns that some of the widows and unmarried women were not properly being taken care of by the church. The church was growing quickly because of the love it provided to everyone, even the women. But the distribution of food to the widows had become a problem. A prayerful decision was made to find seven men who were spiritual and wise to be in charge of the distribution of the food. The apostles, after prayer, laid hands on the seven to empower them with the Holy Spirit to do this work. This left the rest of the disciples free to teach, heal and pray to the multitude of new Christians.
A large number of Jewish priest had come to believe in Jesus Christ. And the church grew because God was providing all of their needs through His power. The planted seeds were growing and the church was growing. The sick were being healed by God’s power. God was working in the peoples lives.
God can also work in our lives. He has provided us with all that we need to share his message of salvation, truth and love. God’s glory will shine through us when we do His work.
God gives to us in His own special way. But it has to be the right time, God’s time, part of His plan for us. Just as Jesus came at the right time to provide for our salvation. God gave Jesus to us to show His great love.
What can we give back to God? We can give our time. We can pray for others. God will provide His grace, His mercy, and His love so that we might love others. Ask God to help you share His love with others.