Sunday was hot and windy but now, on Monday morning, we have clouds and a chance for rain during the week. Keep praying for the rain.
Daniel Victor Durst will be seven years old on July 1st and Susie Jordan will celebrate her birthday on July 3rd. Bill and Lois Koock are celebrating their anniversary on July 5th and Terry and Michelle Burdette will have their anniversary party on July 8th. Have a great time on your special day. And get ready to have a great celebration on the 4th of July at your favorite party place.
Continue to pray for Jane Krause. Her back surgery has not been scheduled but it will be this week. Keep Logan Toone in your prayers as he has serious surgery. Continue your prayers for Andrew Kothmann, Anna Grace Durst and Pearl Leifeste. Kenneth Kothmann has surgery scheduled for August 7th.
The broken windows in the church have finally been repaired and they look great. Now we wait for the roof repairs.
Matt Krause has graduated from the first part of his training and waits for orders to his next station. Barbara says "Praise God".
Vacation Bible School will start next week and Tyra Jordan needs more money and help to feed everybody. Be generous.
Andrew Kothmann’s 100th birthday will be August 14th. Mark your calendar and details will follow.
Rev. Krause’s sermon was titled "A Deeper Commitment" and was inspired by the Gospel scripture from Luke 9:51-62. Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to the fate that He new was coming. He was willing to suffer the pain of death on the cross to fulfill His mission to bring us salvation. He sacrificed His life for us, to free us from our sins. This included everyone – Gentiles, Jews and Samaritans. All believers need to bring their level of commitment to a deeper understanding of God’s love. This will bring about a drastic change in your life. While we may hate change, we will eventually realize that change is good. Change can make our lives much better.
Jesus explained to His disciples that He, the Son of Man, did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them from the penalty of eternal death. Along the road, a man said to Him, "Lord, I will follow You wherever You go (verse 57). But Jesus knew that men would make excuses. Calling a man to a life with God was not that simple. Jesus told the man that "Foxes have lurking holes and the birds of the air have roosts and nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head". Jesus lowered Himself to a lower level of society. He had no home. He shared the truth – "Come unto Me all who are heavy-laden and I will give you rest". Come with me and I will give you a life of love.
Another man who was called gave the excuse that he had to first go and bury his father. Jesus, knowing that if the man’s father were near death that he would be by his father’s side now. Jesus replied "Allow the dead to bury their own dead, but as for you, go and publish abroad throughout all regions the Kingdom of God".
Another man said he would follow Jesus but first he had to go and say good-bye to his family. And Jesus said to him "No man who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God". If you look back to see where you have been, your rows will become crooked and your path not straight.
Jesus said to take up your cross and follow Him. Be prepared to follow with a deep commitment. Be prepared to suffer and reach the goal. Be prepared to get the job done under difficult circumstances. The true job calls for conviction. God will be by your side. He will get you through ant problem.
Stay connected to God. Commit your service and your life to God today. Find true joy in a commitment to God.