It’s pretty hot on this Sunday afternoon and I am ready for more rain. The purple Gay Feathers on Eaton Cemetery Road in Andrew Kothmann’s pasture are short in height because of the lack of rain but they are sending up spikes that grow every day. Pray for rain.
October starts with a lot of birthdays: Mozelle Palmer on the 1st, Carl Sanders on the 4th, Ray Jordan on the 5th, Denis Cano on the 5th, Todd Ashby on the 6th, and on the 8th of October E. Wayne Jordan, Wayne C. Jordan, Cheryl Clark, and Sophia Jordan (who will be one year old) celebrate their special day. Celebrating an anniversary on October 4th is Kevin and Melissa Kothmann. Have a great party.
Our condolences go to Ruby Toeppich and her extended family after the death of her sister Vernell Flint in Llano. Special prayers are needed for Mark Krause’s mother, Jane Krause, as she deals with back problems and for Gary Garner as he has back surgery on Thursday. Continue your prayers for Carlita Jordan, Anna Grace Durst, Pearl Leifeste and Andrew Kothmann.
Great news: Matt Krause has passed his physical test and will be ready to graduate from basic Navy training on October 1st. Barbara and Mark will be making the trip to Chicago and our prayers go with them all.
It was great to have Maria Mutis play her violin for the service.
It was good to see Pearl Leifeste and her daughter, Janet, and Layton James and John Ceynowa was getting around great after his foot surgery.
Contributions are being accepted to help Barbara Krause’s sister Cindy with her expenses after the death of her son. Please make your checks to the Art church.
Church news: The Men’s Choir practice is on October 7th at 7:00 p.m., the UMW will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13th, and there will be an organizational meeting for The Christmas Program on Wednesday, October 14th, at 6:30 p.m. – I wonder what Tyra Jordan has in store for us this year. Be there to find out! Also, prepare for the church picture which will be taken at 10:30 a.m. before church on the 18th.
Our lives are not perfect; we have a sinful human nature and are easily led down the wrong path by the devil. The seven deadly sins are: Lust, greed, glutinous, sloth (laziness), wrath (anger), envy and pride. Our selfish attitude puts our lives before God’s will. Sin separates us from God. It all began with Adam and Eve. Our sins have consequences. They affect our relationship with God and people around the world. It affects the community in which we live. God loves us all; He died for our sins and removes them from us. Jesus said: “As I live, sin is a sorry business.”
With that introduction, Rev. Krause read the Gospel scripture from Mark 9:38-50. Jesus was reminding us just how serious sin is and reminds us to be alert to the sins in our lives. We need to change to God’s standards. Jesus was teaching the disciples. He had already told them what was in His future. His time was short on this earth. This lesson was for the disciples and us.
Deny your selfish ways. Follow Jesus to save your life. Humble yourself and welcome the least of all people into the church. Bring God’s loving and His teaching into your world. Don’t stop someone who is doing God’s will; welcome them. Don’t cause little ones to stumble and fall; don’t cause others to sin. Watch your actions and thoughts.
God forgives our sins; He paid the price. Be salty; have the pure love of Jesus Christ in your hearts. Get rid of sin and spread the salt around you. New flavors will be released into the world. Love, mercy and grace will follow you into the world.
Our country was based on Christian beliefs. Prayer begins every session of Congress. Prayer is powerful. We live in a free country because our forefathers knew that religion and morality were important; don’t lose them. God’s grace and mercy are abounding; they give us rest from our sin.
Give your heart to Jesus Christ; give Him your sin and He will forgive them forever. Let the Holy Spirit help us serve the last, the lost and the least in the entire world.
Give to God all of honor, glory and praise.