Texas is still dry. Remember that God is the owner of the land and we only possess it (Lev. 25:23). His will will be done in His time schedule - but we meed to ask for rain. Pray.
Making the trip from East Texas to visit with Sterling and Carlita Jordan were Gail and Nolan Sholar and their two sons Tyler and Taylor (but don’t quote me on that!). And they were trained by Max Jordan to be acolytes and did a great job. Other visitors were Andy and Brooke Rosburg and their almost one year old son, Davis.
Birthdays this first week of August are Kenneth Durst on the 1st, Robert Grant Durst on the 2nd. Jolie Emma Parker, Jean Lyon’s granddaughter is turning two on the 2nd. Jessica Bibb on the 4th. Jean Lyon and Leslie Toone Cope both on the 5th. And Sam Jordan on the 6th. Have a very happy birthday!
Tina Carter’s surgery is set for Thursday in Houston, Steve Toone is also having laser surgery on Thurday to relieve pain, John Ceynowa is having foot surgery and I should be home later in the week after a heart catheterization on Tuesday. Keep all of us in your prayers.
Anna Grace Durst was in church and really looking good, Pearl Leifeste was there with Lindith Kuhne, and Andrew Kothmann was present in his regular seat. Keep Florence Blake in your prayers this week as she was in the hospital in Fredericksburg this week with great back pain and will be moving to a hospital in San Antonio this week. Keep all these people in your prayers, along with Etta Marie Mutschink and Carlita Jordan.
Kelly Kothmann is at Cheer Leader Boot camp - pray for her safety there and as they travel too and from camp.
Thanks to Jackie Johnson for all his work in cleaning the broken branches and cutting the grass in the park. It looks great and now all we need is a good rain so he can do it all again.
The Gospel scripture for Pastor Mark’s sermon was John 6:1-14. This is the account of Jesus feeding the 5000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish. His proclamation was titled “A Little Can Go a Long Way.”
A great crowd, about 5000 in number, followed Jesus, eager to hear Him and seek healing. Jesus and the disciples went up the side of the mountain. Jesus observed the people and said to Philip, “where are we going to buy bread, so that all these people may eat.” He said this to test Philip’s faith. Jesus knew exactly what He as going to do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred pennies worth of bread is not enough so that everyone may receive even a little.” Andrew, another disciple said, “that a little boy was here with 5 barley loaves and 2 small fish.” They questioned if there was enough to feed everyone.
Jesus had the people sit on the grassy slope and took the loaves, gave thanks and distributed the loaves to the disciples who gave them to the people. He did the same with the fish. When they had all eaten, He told the disciples to gather the leftover so that none would be lost of wasted. The disciples gathered 12 small baskets full of leftover from the 5 barley loaves. When the people saw the miracle they began saying “surely and beyond a doubt, this is the Prophet that has come into the world.”
There are times God tests our faith. There are times when we wonder how we can accomplish the task that we need to do. But God is here, a God of miracles. Respond to the test of faith with faith. Andrew’s announcement that a little boy had 5 loaves and 2 fish was an act of faith. And God always responds to acts of faith in great ways. We need to give to God whatever we have just as the boy did and God can feed thousands. He will multiply our small gifts that we give with faith and do great things with them.
Jesus started the church with 12 disciples and it has grown to what it is today but God is not finished. Trust in God, pray. We are all sinners by inheritance. But there is forgiveness. You can be cleansed and healed. Fill your life with love and serve all people. Put everyone above you and collect the love from above. God is with us and He will empower you and your faith can do great things.
Do a little bit extra each day and let God make it unbelievably big. His love is available to everyone, share His Word and truth. Open your eyes to the opportunities around you.