We are having beautiful winter weather. Get out and enjoy God’s world.
Next Monday, on February 1st, there are three birthdays – Nea Young, Marian Leifeste and Tina Sanders. Looks like a great start of the month. All of you have a great celebration.
Everyone these days seems to know someone that is dealing with cancer. Perhaps we should be praying for a cure for cancer. Researchers are working hard and testing new products takes a long time. Pray for a cure. Continue to pray for Wayne Jordan, Maribelle Hoerster and Dick Pierson. Pray for continued healing and strength for Andrew Kothmann, Anna Grace Durst, Pearl Leifeste and Etta Marie Mutschink.
Pray for the people of Haiti and pray for all people involved in providing aid to the people of Haiti. Aid seems to be getting to most people but the need is still great and will be needed for a long time.
Continue to pray for the safety of our service men and women. They have the very best training and equipment but this is a very different kind of enemy.
The 5th Sunday Sing Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Mason on Sunday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. Please come and join us.
Rev. Krause asked the question "What is Extraordinary?" for his sermon topic. The scripture reading was from Acts 1:1-9 which describes the events of Jesus’ final return to be with His Father. The disciples had willingly followed Jesus, listening to His words, turning their lives upside down, being full of God’s love and ready to do everything it took to do the will of the Father. They prayed daily, following Jesus, watching Him teach and heal. Jesus showed the true way of God to the disciples.
For more than three years, they had followed Jesus. Now, they had seen Him die a very painful death, seen Him alive with the scars. And now, for 40 days, He was among them, talking to them about the things of the kingdom of God. And while eating with them, He commanded them to stay in Jerusalem and wait for what the Father had promised (to be baptized with the Holy Spirit).
And when they had assembled, they asked Him, "Lord, is this the time when You reestablish the kingdom and restore it to Israel?" But Jesus told them it was not for them to know what time will bring in God’s world. But "You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth."
The power of the Holy Spirit keeps us growing each day. We are to go out into the whole world and witness to everyone. We are to give our hearts to God building relationships with others. Christ is to be the focus of our lives. God gave us the mission to spread the Word to all of the world.
We are to become extraordinary Christians. Focus on loving Christ and teaching others to love Jesus Christ, letting the power of the Holy Spirit work in our lives. We have a free will and must use it to become extraordinary Christians and fulfill God’s will.
Tap into the power of the Holy Spirit and do not be distracted by the world around you. Let the Holy Spirit connect us together so that we can serve God and praise Him for His wisdom and love.