It’s a beautiful Monday morning, a little bit cool but the rain was great. Thank our great God for the rain.
Wishes for a happy birthday go to Jimmie Hitzfelder on October 29th. I plan to have my great birthday on October 30th with my family in San Antonio. Jan Jordan will celebrate her birthday on November 2nd and Stuart Jordan will have his great party on November 3rd. Make these special days really fantastic.
Special prayers were requested for Wayne Lease who has been diagnosed with cancer. He is the husband of Goldie, Pearl Leifeste’s daughter. Also pray for Boone Kemp and continue to pray for Andrew Kothmann, and Anna Grace Durst. Jody Eckert was added to the prayer chain Sunday night after hitting a deer with his motorcycle.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the church grounds last Saturday. Everything really looks great.
The first practice for the Christmas music was held after church last Sunday. The next practice will be at 5:30 p.m. before the men’s choir practice on Wednesday, November 4th.
The Annual Church Conference will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. November 8th. Committee chairmen are holding meetings and preparing reports.
The list of items needed for the shoe boxes for Mexico were distributed on Sunday. Also, listed were the goodies that are to be added to the Food Bank boxes. Money is being collected for other things that will be added to the food boxes.
Look forward to the Teen Challenge presentation on November 15th with a Pot Luck dinner after church. And be ready for the Hanging of the Greens starting at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 22nd.
Reverend Krause used the scripture lesson form Mark 10:46-52 about a blind beggar for his sermon titled “Blind Faith.” Bartimaeus, a man blind from birth, was sitting by the roadside as Jesus and the disciples and a great multitude of people past by going through Jericho on the way to Jerusalem. When Bartimaeus heard that it was Jesus coming by, he began to shout, saying: “Jesus, Son of David, have pity and mercy on me.” The people tried to quiet him but he continued to shout to get Jesus to notice him. He truly had great faith in what Jesus would do for him.
Jesus had the crowd call out to the beggar and had them bring the beggar to Him. They told him: “Take courage! Get up! He is calling you.” Bartimaeus, throwing off his outer garment, his prized possession, leaped up and came to Him. Jesus asked him: “What do you want Me to do for you?” The man said to Him: “Master, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said: “Go your way; your faith has healed you.” And at once, he was able to see and he followed Jesus on the road.
Bartimaeus cast away his most prized possession unlike the rich young ruler who was unwilling to leave any of his riches and follow Jesus. Bartimaeus had great faith that Jesus would restore his sight. And he was willing to follow Jesus. He had asked an almost impossible task, but Jesus knowing of his great faith, healed him with His powerful voice. With God, all things are possible.
Our self-centered lives get in the way of our salvation. We only have to ask with faith and Jesus will show us His love. Give up your self-control and ask for Jesus’ love and salvation. Your reward will be great. God loves us; He will help us to have a greater life. Put your faith, your blind faith, in Jesus. He is the key to open the door to eternal life.
We tend to stumble and fall and want things to go our selfish way. Ask God to show us the true path to the true life. Then we may help others to find the same great faith.