Look and listen for God; He is watching you.
Happy anniversary wishes go to John and Teresa Koock on June 26th and to Bob and Joanne Davee on June 28th. And happy birthday to Max Jordan on June 30th.
Right after worship, there will be a family fellowship meal to welcome Pastor John and his wife, Sharon. Let’s have a tremendous welcome.
Next Sunday, after welcoming Pastor John and Sharon, we will be praying blessings and safety for Teresa Wade, Ashlyn Gleghorn, and Laney Kirk as they go off the be the hands and feet of Jesus in Beeville.
The Community 5th Sunday Worship Service will be outdoors, at FUMC Mason, at 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. There is a strong rumor that the Hillbilly Pastors may be singing. Hot dogs will be served by the UMM, and bring your lawn chairs.
These are the words of Rev. Cliff Krcha in his last sermon at Art.
Jesus says to you and to me: “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.” I believe that everything that went “wrong” in Genesis, gets “fixed” in Revelation. I believe we live in the already, but not yet Kingdom of God.
We are invited to be part of the redemption of the world. We can hear that invitation in John 14. “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.” Believe that God can use a cookie to reach an inmate. Let me testify: it is not the cookie that matters in prison. It is the fact that someone they do not know cares enough to make cookies for them. For some, God’s love flows through that cookie into their hearts. It is the love of those who make the cookies. That is what makes it possible for the prisoner to feel God’s love. In John 14 verse 10, Jesus tell us: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.”
Jesus asks us to believe. Why believe? Jesus says: “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” “Greater Works” is the name of the new 501c3 in Mason that recently purchased the Young Life and Food Bank buildings. That group of Jesus people believes that God will do greater works in Mason County. I am so grateful to have been able to pray with them each Tuesday for the last couple of years. I must confess that in my own “just believe” journey, sometimes I pray for God to do something that I won’t do myself. I forget that the Holy Spirit is within all of us, and if we choose to pray and listen for God’s will, and once we hear God’s will, if we choose to be obedient, and believe, then God will provide all we need to carry out His will. I also forget that God will accomplish this on His timing. We learned that a couple times with our Tuesday prayers. Recognizing “God is in it” can be difficult.
I am certain you have heard about the story when it was flooding in San Marcos. As the river began to rise, a man was on the front porch of his house and another man in a row boat came by. The man in the row boat told the man on the porch to get in and he’d save him. The man on the porch said, no, he believed in God and would wait for God to save him. The river kept rising and the man had to go to the second floor of his house. A man in a motor boat came by and told the man in the house to get in because he had come to rescue him. The man in the house said “no thank you”. He believed in God and would wait for God to save him. The river kept rising. Pretty soon it was so high, he had to get on his roof. A helicopter then came by, lowered a rope and the pilot shouted down in the man on the roof to climb up the rope because the helicopter had come to rescue him. The man in the house wouldn’t get in. He told the pilot that he believed in God and would wait for God to rescue him. Well, the river kept rising and the man drowned. Well, after he drowned, and when he got to heaven, he asked God where he went wrong. He told God that he had believed in God, but God had let him drown. “What more do you want from me?” asked God. “I sent you two boats and a helicopter.” God is with us. God may send help as a boat, as a cookie, as a shoebox, or in a variety of ways we might “miss” if we get distracted by the circumstances, or the “size” of the miracle needed.
In John 14:13, Jesus says to you and to me: “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!”
That’s the good news my friends. God’s will for Mason County, and for all of the Kingdom is that everyone will be renewed and made new. That is what God wants. God will supply all we need to make His love known. All we have to do is believe in God’s faithfulness. Jesus first words out of the tomb, after the resurrection: “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” We are sent, by Jesus. Then Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus is the answer. God provides all we need. The only thing holding back the Kingdom of God on earth is the willingness of the righteous to believe, and be obedient and go in God’s name. Thanks be to God for God’s patience with us. What are we waiting on to build that Nursing Home in Mason? Speak Peace, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and grant forgiveness. Yes, forgive even them. Non Sibi, Semper Gumby, Vaya Con Dios.