If you like cold weather, it’s here. The Weather Channel is predicting a low of 14 and a high of 37 for Thursday and it will be cold. Bundle up.
Wishes for a happy birthday go to Caroline Hudson on January 10th, to Beth Leifeste on January 13th and to Marge Boyd on January 14th. And Wayne C. and Nancy Jordan will celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary on January 8th.
The celebration of Roger and Tyra Jordan’s 40th anniversary continued after church with the serving of a great lunch prepared by Tyra and a few helpers. Attending the event were most of the people involved in the infamous occasion 40 years ago. We had brisket, great green beans, baked potatoes and red Jello salad. Then we enjoyed five cakes, some red and white jelly beans and chocolate kisses. What a way to celebrate the Christian marriage of two of the greatest individuals on God’s beautiful earth. They, their children and grandchildren, are pure examples to everyone of God’s love. They love God; they love their relatives; they love their neighbors and they love everyone. Continue to have a great life together!
I ask for special prayers for my nine year old great grandson, Noah Aguilar, who had a tumor removed from his left temple on Tuesday morning at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. Continue to pray for Pearl Leifeste, Etta Marie Mutschink and Andrew Kothmann. Andrew is home, free of pneumonia and getting stronger every day. Keep praying for Barbara Krause and her family after the loss of her father.
Stephen Mutschink preached about "Light" beginning with a Gospel lesson from Matthew 2:7-12. The Magi, following the star, were secretly called to come to Herod because he wanted to know what time the star had appeared to them. He then sent them on to Bethlehem to find the Boy and report where He was so that he could go and worship Him. The Magi continued to follow the star, rejoicing exceedingly, and arrived at the place where the infant was. They opened their treasures and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These gifts would come in handy on the family's trip to safety in Egypt. The Magi returned home by another route and did not see Herod. These shepherds were the first Jews to see Jesus.
Isaiah was prophesizing about the second coming of God in Isaiah 60:1-6. "Arise, arise, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord shall rise upon you". Darkness covered the earth but God’s light shall shine upon you and His glory shall be seen upon you. The Gentiles would then see the Light. And they would spread the praises of the Lord to everyone. This spiritual Light will be seen by everyone and all people will follow the Light of the world. This is the Light that came from a carpenter’s Son.
In Ephesians 3:1-12, Paul describes himself as a prisoner of Jesus Christ, for the sake of all Gentiles. He is a minister of the Gospel according to the gift of the grace of God given to him by the effectual working of His power. This grace was given, that he should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, bring the Light to all men so that they can see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages was hidden from the world by God who created all things. All this to the intent that through the church, the manifold wisdom of God may be made known to the angels and powers which are in Heaven. This wisdom He prepared in ages past and has carried out in Jesus Christ our Lord, in whom we have freedom of access with confidence in His faith. HAVE YOU SEEN THE LIGHT?
Most people of the world only think of themselves. God, through His Light, enables us to see a whole world of possibilities. Give Him all the glory. Understand where you are coming from. Say: "I am second". Look up "I am second.com" on your computer. Ephesians 2: 8-10 reads: "For it is by grace that you are saved through faith; not of your own doing; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His creation, created through Jesus Christ ultimately for good works, and God has before ordained that we should live in them".