Last week was a rough week with the Boston bombings and the West,TX explosions. So much grief and sadness! My daughter-in law’s sister is a RN from Kerrville who volunteered to go to West with their Emergency Medical Task Force to help out. They were there for over 40 hours working tirelessly and with minimal sleep helping the injured and their families. She asked upon her return that we continue to pray for the town of West as they are wonderful people who are truly hurting. Much prayer is needed for both the Boston and West tragedies.
Pastor Cliff returned last week from the Kairos Prison Ministry visit. He was encouraged that God was healing, calling and restoring folks. He said the Lord was there among the inmates and about thirty young men committed to following Jesus last week. The Kairos team, prayer partners from church, and the inmates themselves prayed for their acknowledgement of wrong doing, forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration. Some of these men will never leave prison and some will, but their spiritual transformation will affect their families. Pastor Cliff said it is estimated that the children of prisoners have an 80% chance of being incarcerated themselves. The Kairos Outside Ministry works with and brings the gospel to the wives and children of prisoners. The Kairos One Day with God Ministry then unites the children and their restored parents in an effort of love, forgiveness and understanding. Pastor Cliff told the story of an ex offender who served many years at the Connally unit. He was released, finished his parole, totally served his justice term and now has a full time job. He now serves on the Kairos Team. He is the “hope” and example for these inmates. He is a powerful witness to being restored by Jesus Christ.
There will be a Finance Committee meeting at 6:00pm Wednesday, April 24th at Art, followed by the Men’s Choir practice at 7:00pm. The Bible Study continues each Wednesday at Trinity (10:30-noon) and at Art (6-7:30pm). Next Sunday, April 28th, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mason will have their annual Chicken Dinner. You may dine in or get it to go! If you have never tried their Chicken Dinner, by all means do yourself a favor and do so …………….so much yummy food! Let’s all get over to St. Joseph’s and support our Catholic brothers and sisters!
Happy Birthday to Dale Hall on the 26th and Pastor Mark Krause on the 30th! Happy Anniversary to Lee and Amy Drapela Jordan on the 24th! Let the celebrations begin!
Last Sunday was the 4th Sunday in Eastertide. The Scripture lesson was Numbers 13:1-14:9
Numbers is a book of prayer, fear and faith. In the reading the Lord instructed (at the peoples request) that Moses send out the most highly respected, younger, and capable leader of each of the twelve tribes to go spy out the land of Canaan, the promised land for the children of Israel. The importance of all names being listed is significant, because the plan was to include all tribes weather they were native Israelites or not, as long as they were faithful to God. The two most significant of these 12 scouts were Caleb and Joshua. They were on their reconnaissance mission of gathering information about the land, the people and how they lived for forty days.
The scouts returned with their findings, revealing that the people were strong, the land was fertile and their cities were walled. All the scouts were skeptical and fearful, except for Caleb and Joshua. Caleb was faithful that they could take possession of the land that God had promised them. The exaggerations of the other faithless 10 scouts cast fear among the people.
The people had forgotten all the miracles God had done for them and they became ungrateful and wanted to die. They used their wives and children to hide their own unfaithfulness in God.
They wanted to make a new leader and return to Egypt. Big mistake……..it was one thing to complain against God, but to defy both Him and His chosen human leaders was a tragic failure.
Joshua told them not to rebel against the Lord. He assured them with God as their leader they could take over Canaan. Moses asked God to pardon them despite their unfaithfulness. God did pardon them, but their sin demanded severe punishment. The judgment of the evil unfaithful 10 spies was death. Joshua and Caleb were spared. Upon hearing this, the people then wanted to go and take over Canaan, but it was too late. The Israelites were so close to the Promised Land, but were commanded by God to turn back into the wilderness because of their contempt. They wandered in the wilderness for forty more years. Pastor Cliff reminded us that our vision and belief in God’s faithfulness can allow us to enter the Promised Land or our lack of faith can cause us to wander in the wilderness. There’s something to be said for timing………..especially when it involves the will of God. Peace to all