It’s a beautiful, warm and windy Sunday afternoon with a forecast for the same thing all week. Have a great week and get your garden going.
Caleigh Rene' Calhoun will be two years old on April 3rd and both Lee Jordan and Michael Cope will also have their birthday party on April 3rd. And Brenda Lewis will celebrate on April 4th while Terra Burdette has a big birthday on April 10th. Also, Herman and Jimmie Hitzfelder will celebrate their anniversary on April 9th. Have a great special party on your special day.
It was really great to see Monica Cotter in church and Sunday School after her cancer surgery last week. It is good to see what God, prayers and the doctors can do with illnesses these days. Continue to pray for Monica as she heals. Also, pray for healing for Pearl Leifeste, for Allen Glassman (Sam Hoerster’s brother-in-law), for Don Williams (Jean Lyon’s brother-in-law) as he has cataract surgery on Thursday, and for Mildred Farmer.
Remember the Lenten luncheons each Wednesday. Remember Easter choir practice on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. and the Art Men’s practice on the 8th of April at 7:00 p.m.
The scripture for Rev. Krause’s sermon, “Growing in Christ?”, was John 12:20-26. After Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, a great crowd of Jews followed Jesus because they thought that they might also see Lazarus. And as Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, the people came and spread palm branches in His path and shouted “Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.” Among them were some Greeks who had seen the wonderful things that were happening. They wanted to see Jesus so they talked to Philip who then told Andrew and they both went to Jesus and told Him that the Greeks wanted to see Him. Jesus told Philip and Andrew that the time had come for the Son of Man to be glorified and exalted. Jesus continued, saying that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just one grain; it never becomes more but lives by itself alone. But, if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.
Jesus continued His lesson by explaining that anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves me, he must continue to follow Me, cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example of living and, if need be, in dying. Wherever I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, The Father will honor him.
The Greeks had come to know the truth about Jesus, They had heard of the miracles and heard the teachings of truth that no one seemed to understand. They wanted to grow closer to Jesus. We must follow their example.
To get closer to Jesus we must: First, come to Jesus with sincere hearts, wanting to know more of Jesus. We may come to church and do good works, but without a sincere heart, all of our efforts go for naught. Once we find out the truth, there is a total change. We must listen with open ears and act. Let the Lord into our hearts. The man that loses his life in the service to the Lord, will produce a great harvest for God.
The second thing we must do is to give up our will for His will. We must give up worldly things and put Godly things first. We will find true happiness in Godly things. It’s your time to do God’s work. Your attitude is what counts. The direction of your life will change after you choose God. Spend your life learning about God and Jesus. Spend time in prayer and listen for God’s reply.
The third thing the Greeks learned was to follow Jesus, love Him and serve Him. Walk with God daily; walk in His way. Do what He calls us to do. Put God’s will before our worldly desires.
Jesus wept before he went through the suffering on the cross. Know God’s will for your life and share God’s love with everyone. Ask God to show you His will for your life and to forgive your sins. Grow by knowing God’s will and sharing Him with others. God loves us no matter who we are and He wants us all to come to Him. Believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and let others know Him as you know Him.
As we grow in Christ, we will have a change in our hearts. We will become a Light in the darkness of this world. God will shine the Light of the World on us as we become magnets to others as they come into the Light.
In all things, pray and be thankful for knowing God’s love.
Here is something I heard on the radio – “It’s better to be a has-been than to be a never been.