Good morning God. It’s going to be a beautiful week. Rain is coming and cooler weather will come with it. Be thankful and praise God for His goodness.
Jill Cochran will celebrate her birthday on March 14th and Jerald Jordan has his birthday party on March 18th. It’s time to have a great gathering of family.
We are thankful, as well as Stephen Mutschink is thankful, that his eye problem is not extremely serious and is expected to heal on its own with time. Pray for Vondell Jordan and her family after the death of her Aunt. Pray for healing for Monica Cotter, Jim Croaman (a friend of Carolyn Vater), Jamie Jacquez after his surgery, Jessica Bibb as she faces heart surgery on Friday and Maribelle Hoerster as she recovers from a painful fall. Keep Carlita Jordan, Etta Marie Mutschink and Dick Pierson in your daily prayers. God answers all of our prayers.
It was a real pleasure to have Pearl Leifeste in church on Sunday along with a lot of her family. And it was good to have Andrew Kothmann present in his regular place on the Communion Sunday. We were especially glad to have Bill and Monica Cotter, Don and Marge Boyd and Bob and Joanne Davee visiting again. And we enjoyed all of the children and grandchildren of Roger and Tyra Jordan adding to the service, especially seeing Turner Ashby serving as acolyte with a little help. We train them young to serve the Lord. And how great it was to have Stuart and Julia Jordan home for a short visit with family and friends?
Our ladies are really busy with helping with food on two Lenten lunches and also helping feed the Habitat Caravan on March 19th. Contact Joyce Mutschink to see how you can assist in these efforts.
It was good to have Rev. Krause back with his big smile after serving on another Emmaus walk last week. His sermon was titled “A Total Change” and comes from the continued account of Saul’s life after his conversion as found in Acts 9:19b-31.
Saul was a powerful Jew, a leader, a Pharisee, who defended what he believed. He spent his time rounding up Christians and persecuting them. But God got his attention with a blinding light on the road to Damascus. The blinded Saul was led into town and for three days contemplated what had happened to him. And God sent Ananias who came and put his healing hands on Saul and the scales fell from his eyes. After his eyes were opened, Saul immediately went to the synagogue to proclaim that Jesus was, indeed, the Son of God. He went boldly preaching the Gospel and healing by the laying of hands. God had shown him the truth. The people questioned each other: Is this not the man that wanted to put Christians into chains and into jail? And after some time, they even sought to kill Saul, guarding the gates day and night so that he would not escape from the city. But Saul found out about the plot and the disciples protected him and lowered him down the city walls in a basket and took him to Jerusalem.
God replaced Saul’s worldly values (living by ‘I’) with “Godly values” (living by love and serving others). Jesus had stopped Saul in his tracks. God came into his heart and changed his life. We are to live the way Jesus intended us to live – with love. God can truly change our hearts; he can change anybody. Then, after your change, God will use you, mold your heart to love God. He will reach out and boldly hold you tightly in his loving arms.
Fill our empty vessels, our earthly hearts, with the Holy Ghost and His power; fill them to overflowing with His love.