Happiness Is a Big Fish
And it rained, good rain, great rain, a slow gentle rain, a blessing from God. Thank God for the rain. We are always ready for more.
Wishing a happy birthday to Charlie Thigpen on September 19th, to both Kim Jordan and Herman Hitzfelder on September 21st and to Michael Don Durst on September 24th. Have a great special day.
Florence Anna Lee Leifeste Blake went to be with her Lord on September 14, 2009. Our condolences are offered to her daughter Brenda Klotzbach of San Antonio and her husband Mark and daughter Emily. Our sympathy is also offered to her son Glen Blake of Roswell and his wife Cindy and their children, Ashleigh and Corey. Services will be held at The Art United Methodist Church with burial in The Art West Cemetery. Paul’s words, written just before his death in his second letter to Timothy, Chapter 4, verses 7 and 8, describe her life: “I have fought a good fight; I have finished my race; I have kept my faith. Henceforth there is preserved for me a crown of righteousness, which my Lord, the righteous judge, will give me at that day; and not to me only but also to all those who have loved His appearing.”
Prayers were requested for Lois Koock, Carolyn Vater’s friend Pat Robard as she has therapy following surgery, for the Michael Rode family, for strength and healing for Mark Krause’s mother Jane, and for Ruby Toeppich’s sister Vernell Flint. Continue your prayers for Pearl Leifeste, Carlita Jordan, Etta Marie Mutschink, and Anna Grace Durst.
Mark Krause enjoyed Labor Day with a fishing trip to Choke Canyon with my son-in-law Robert Pierce. Robert told me that Mark is a master fisherman, catching many more and larger fish than he did. See his happiness in the picture.
As Christians, we follow the words of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel lesson from Mark 8:34-38, Jesus lists the requirements for discipleship: let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me, whosoever wishes to save his life will lose it, whosoever loses his life for My sake and the sake of the Gospel will save it. These things lead to a life of ministry, a new life, a good life, a different life. You would be called to give up your ordinary life for an extraordinary life. You would be putting your life in danger and you should be prepared to die for your Christian faith. Jesus died to give us life everlasting.
When we accept Jesus, we make a serious commitment. We must love God above all else, love and pray for our enemies, and love each other as Jesus loves us. He is the Savior of the world. We need to be willing to suffer for Him. The Holy Spirit is here to help us. He is ready to give us the power and will to do what is right.
Rev Krause concluded his sermon titled “Taking Up the Cross” with these words. Jesus forgives our sins; He has the authority to forgive sins. Be part of the family of God. You are Children of God; you are born of God, the Creator Himself. You are saved from the judgment at the end of time. Do God’s will. Share Him with others who do not know the truth. Give the love of God to others.