These are beautiful Fall days with cool mornings and great afternoons that inspire you to get outside and do something – anything. Take a walk, clean the porch, wash the car, wash the window, etc. Enjoy the week and praise God for all that He has done for you.
Wishes for a happy birthday go to Traci Jordan on November 12th and we wish David and Beth Alm a very happy first wedding anniversary on November 8th. Have a really great celebration.
Continue to pray for Anna Grace Durst, Andrew Kothmann, Pearl Leifeste and Etta Marie Mutschink.
The Annual Church Charge Conference will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. November 8th. This is an important church meeting and all members should attend to hear the reports and vote on the election of officers for 2010.
Then, on November 15th, the Teen Challenge presentation will be a part of the church service. This is always an inspiring group with their singing and testimonies. A Pot Luck dinner is planned after church so bring your great food and deserts and enjoy food and fellowship with these young people. This is also the day for collecting money to buy the great things we will add to the Food Bank boxes for Christmas.
And be ready for the “Hanging of the Greens” starting at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 22nd. The shoe boxes for Mexico will be available for you to take home and fill. Be sure to pick up the handout with the list of all of the items to include in your boxes.
I missed church because I was still celebrating my birthday with family. But I continued to read the Bible in Mark, Chapter 11, about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. In verse 13, Jesus was hungry and seeing a fig tree covered with leaves, He went to see if he could find any fruit on it. Fig trees produce fruit at the same time the leaves appear. But Jesus could not find any fruit. Jesus said to the tree: “No one ever again shall eat fruit from you”. The next morning as Jesus and the disciples were passing by, they observed that the fig tree was completely withered away to its roots. Jesus replied to them: “Have faith in God”. He continued to tell them that if they did not have any doubt in their heart, they could tell a mountain to be lifted up and thrown into the sea, and it would be done for them.
Joyce Meyer comments on this in her bible. She reminds us that most fruit trees, if there are leaves, they have fruit under the leaves. The fruit on a fig tree appears at the same time as the leaves. Jesus cursed the fig tree because it was a phony. Fruit should have appeared when the leaves appeared. As Christians, if we produce no fruit, we are not living our faith. We can carry our bibles and read in public and shout “Praise the Lord” but if we do not have time to help anybody else or even to show kindness, then we are like the fig tree with leaves but no fruit; we are phony.
Christians should be genuine. Their ministry should be real. What we do behind the scenes must be the same thing we preach outwardly. If we have leaves, we need to also have fruit.
Joyce Meyer concludes with: “Many people who are searching for God will be watching us. They will want to know Jesus like we do when they see that our fruit is real and that we are not pretenders that only look good on the outside. We will be the ambassadors for Christ that He intends us to be.”