The beautiful rain and cool weather of last week seem to be over and I am ready for some sunshine.
We are going to have a lot of birthday celebrations this week of October: Nathaniel Jordan and Jacob Bibb on the 16th, Clinton Durst, Virginia Durst and Franklin Parker on the 17th, Pearl Leifeste on the 18th, Tennile Kothmann and Jared Hudson on the 20th, Heather Yates and Madison Cano’s 5th birthday on the 21st and Laird Palmer on the 22nd. It’s a great time to celebrate.
Our sincere condolences go to family of Carlita Jordan. She was a great Christian woman, always concerned about other people. Her home was the gathering place for many occasions, especially on Sunday. Knowing her great faith will bring much comfort to her husband, Sterling, and their children and families. She will be greatly missed by everyone.
Prayers were requested for Kelly Kothmann after her last visit with the back specialist. She has to wear her back brace all of the time to assist the healing as she grows. Continue your prayers for Andrew Kothmann who is having a great deal of pain. Continue to pray for Monica Cotter, Pearl Leifeste, and Anna Grace Durst.
Matt Krause passed all of his tests and is now a real sailor. Mark and Barbara went to Chicago for the ceremony and visited with him for a few days. He will continue his training in Chicago for about a year. We are all proud of Matt and know that he worked very hard to reach the goal and our prayers continue with him during his schooling. Great job, Matt!
Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. is the time for the organizational meeting for the Christmas program. I understand that everyone will have a part in this year’s event. Be there and be ready to participate in the fun and excitement.
Then, on next Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., come to church early wearing your white tops and dark bottoms for the year’s church picture. Every year it gets a little bit better.
And then, on Saturday, October 24th, a work day has been scheduled. We will start at 9:00 a.m. and work until 12 noon. Then a lunch will be provide be food and drink and fellowship. Be there.
Pastor Mark’s sermon titled “High Priced Trust” was inspired by the Gospel scripture from Mark 10:17-31. The young man, recognizing that Jesus was a good person, asked Him: “What must I do to inherit eternal life”? Jesus reminded him that he knew the commandments. And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and told him that he lacked one thing. He told him to go and sell all he had and give it to the poor and he will then have treasure in Heaven. And Jesus asked him to come and walk the same road that he walked. The man’s countenance fell and he went away grieving and sorrowing because he was holding great possessions.
We all seek eternal life with God. The man called Jesus “Good teacher”. What is good? Jesus loved the man and His answer had a great affect on him. Are you ready to give all that you have to the poor? The man was sad because he was not ready to make that decision at that time. It is not an instantaneous effort. It takes planning.
We have to make the choice to begin by first putting our faith in Jesus Christ. We then, immediately get the full benefit of that choice. Jesus is constantly with us and helps us. The Holy Spirit watches over us when we cannot find the strength to help ourselves.
The Almighty God is the place to put your total faith. The battle is over; we have the rewards of trust. Troubles and tribulations will come and we need to be strengthened by living with God in our hearts.
Put your trust in God for all things. Lift all things up to God in prayer for strength and wisdom. Put your whole trust in Jesus Christ. Jesus told us; “Trust in Me and trust in God”. And thank Him for all that He has done.
“I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me early and diligently shall find Me. Riches and honor are with Me, enduring wealth and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, and My increase than choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice. That I may cause those who love Me to inherit riches and that I may fill their treasuries” God’s words from Proverbs 8:17-23.