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Bits of Art for March 4, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 • Posted March 4, 2009

These cold mornings make it nice to stand by the wood stove and wish that you did not have a thing to do. And then, the warm afternoons come and you remember all of the things that you need to do. So, get busy. Spring is just around the corner and surely that rain will come. Keep praying.

March is a slow birthday month and we start out on March 4th with twobirthdays: Johnita Bohmfalk and Brandon Herrington. Then, Tyra Jordan celebrates on March 6th and her daughter, Cindy Ashby, celebrates on March 9th. These birthdays just keep coming. Keep praying for more. Have a great party.

While some of our church members are away doing what God only knows, it is good to have our many faithful visitors fill those back pews. We love you and hope that your needs are being filled. Thank you for your faithful attendance.

It was reported that Helen Donop was doing better and her treatments were continuing. Pearl Leifeste is also doing well and may be able to come to church again soon.

On next Sunday, March 8th, there will be a meeting of everybody that wants to participate in our special Easter music. They will meet at 5:00 p.m. by the organ.

The Art ladies will be assisting in serving at the Lenten lunches on March 11th and April 1st. There is a signup list at the back of the church if you can help with the sandwiches and the other stuff. Call Susie Jordan if you have questions.

Remember the next Emmaus meeting on March 10th at 6:30 p.m. Come, bring food, enjoy the fellowship and worship.

David Young, a Lay Speaker from The First United Methodist Church, filled in for Rev. Krause with an attorney based talk titled “Defended or Defendor”. His scripture was from John 17: 20-26.

Mr. Young told of being asked to defend a “self-appointed Jesus” in County Court. In Luke 22:70, Jesus was asked by the Sanhedrin: Are you the Son of God? And Jesus said to them: It is just as you say; I AM. He did not deny His identity. Nathaniel, in John 1:46, responded to Philip’s reference that they had found the one that Moses and the prophets had wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, by saying: Can anything good come out of Nazareth? In Isaiah 40:3, we are reminded that John the Baptist hadcried: prepare in the wilderness the way of the Lord. John knew that one far greater than himself was coming to do great things. And in Isaiah 53:5, we know that we are healed and made whole by the stripes on Jesus’back. Christians know the true Jesus.

In John 8:16-17, Jesus states that His judgment is true because He is not alone in making it, I and the Father, Who sent Me made it; evidence is reliable and valid if two persons agree.

Some people may not be good witnesses. There are numerous instances where Jesus healed and then told them to tell no one about what they had seen. Truly, Jesus is the Son of God. We can truly know Him by studying the scriptures and by using Jesus as an example in our lives. And, we must share our faith. Observe the members of your church to see the face of God in their faces.

In 1 John 2:1-2, it is written: if anyone sin, we have an advocate, One Jesus Christ, Who will intercede for us. Jesus is freely available to us. His love and grace are free. There is no cost in believing. Repent and believe that He died and was raised from the dead. He paid the penalty for our sin and will offer our pardon. He is the ultimate giver of life eternal.

Jesus wants to make sure that you know that He is the Son of God, sent to earth to save us from our sins. He is the greatest love gift ever given. Read and study John’s prayer in John 17:20-26.

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