It’s a cool, cloudy Monday morning after a light rain all night. I hope the rest of the week is clear and sunny. Easter comes early this year and Spring is just around the corner. Have a great week to begin March.
Prayers are still needed for Ella Reynolds as she continues to recovers from her injuries. Also continue to pray for Carolyn Vater as she recovers at home. Continue to pray for Andrew Kothmann and Etta Marie Mutschink. Anna Grace Durst spent a few days in the hospital and is now home needing our prayers. It was great to see Pearl Leifeste in church; keep her in your prayers. Also, Mark Krause’s mother, Jane, is having more back pain again and is on the prayer chain. Also on the prayer chain is Jack, Jean Lyon’s grandson, who had an appendectomy last week. Your prayers are powerful and our great God answers all of them.
Tyra Jordan celebrates her birthday on March 6th and her daughter, Cindy Ashby, will celebrate her birthday on March 9th. David and Carolyn Vater are celebrating their 12th anniversary on March 7th and Nathaniel and Wanda Jordan will have a big party for their anniversary on March 11th. It’s time to party.
All nine members of the Art Men’s Choir presented the special music by singing "I Will Tell the Wondrous Story". They really do add so much to the service. The other important member of the group is the pianist, Nancy Jordan. Thanks guys, we really enjoy your beautiful music.
Rev. Mark Krause read the Gospel scripture from Luke 13:31-35 and used it in his sermon titled "Nothing Should Stop Us".
Jesus was on His way to the cross – His mission on earth. He spent His time teaching, healing, casting out demons and raising people from being dead. This was His Father’s will for His life on earth. The number of people following Him was huge. And He was on His way to Jerusalem and the cross.
The Pharisees warned Jesus about going into Jerusalem, telling Jesus that Herod was going to kill Him. But Herod only wanted to see Jesus. Herod was the King, mightier them than anyone. He really wanted to see this person that was so great, someone even greater than John the Baptist. But Jesus told the Pharisees to tell that sly fox Herod that He had work to do. Jesus was going to drive out demons and perform healings today, tomorrow and the next day. He was obedient to the Father’s will. He knew what the end result would be.
Jesus had given His disciples four rules to live by: First, love the Lord, your God, with all of your heart, mind and soul; second, love your neighbor as you love yourself; third, love one another as He, God, loved them; and fourth, make disciples of all nations, baptizing in the mighty name of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was building the "church" of God.
Jesus willingly came to earth as a human, letting the love of the Holy Spirit serve as His Light. We are called to share our faith, to step out and use our faith to help others. Allow the power of the Holy Spirit to guide you. Share how God has touched you. Let no thing get in your way.
God’s glory is all around us. Just look and see the great world He has created along with the people and animals and birds that live in His glory. Have the faith to step out and serve God. Humble yourselves and fully serve Him.
Nothing should stop you!