Thank God for the great rains last week. The days are not too hot and the nights are fine. Get to work.
Wishes for a happy birthday go to Karen Toone on July 16th, to Caroline Jordan on July 17th, to Kaci Lyn Durst Kaleski on July 22nd and also to Kyle Andrew Kothmann, Andrew’s great grandson, who will be four years old on July 22nd. It’s time to celebrate now. Have a great time.
Continue to pray for Jane Krause after her extensive back surgery on Tuesday. She will be going to rehab soon. Our prayers continue for Michael Lange who has been moved to San Antonio for more treatment. Kathy Jordan remains in our prayers as she slowly improves. Pray for healing for Matt Krause’s friend Zach. Be sure to pray for Andrew Kothmann, Pearl Leifeste and Anna Grace Durst.Cheryl Clark emailed me that her step-father, Don Hallock, has died. Her mother, Joyce, needs your prayers.
Congratulations to Joe David and Heather Yates on the birth of their daughter Savannah. Your lives will never be the same.
Jan Jordan is now home with her sister Betty Wobig. And it was great to have Maria Mutis play her violin for the service. And it was good to have Gail Sholar visiting for a while. And it was great to see Pearl Leifeste and her daughter Janet James and her husband Layton in church.
Stephen Mutschink preached using the Book of Amos, Psalm 82 and the account of the Good Samaritan for inspiration.
Amos lived in Judah as a herdsman and was called by God to deliver a special message. The name Amos means "Burden-Bearer" or load carrier. He is one of many Minor Prophets. He served the Lord with all of his heart.
Amos, in Chapter 7, states that "I am setting a plumb line as a standard in the midst of My people Israel". A plumb line provides a true measure for a vertical line or for depth. Amos was telling the Israelites that God is going to measure them by His standards. He has set standards and made promises for your life. Things are either right or wrong; they are either vertical or not vertical. God is the judge of your life. In Galatians, Chapter 6, we are told to bare one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in that way fulfill and observe the law of Christ and complete what is lacking in your obedience to it (verse 2).
In Leviticus 19:18, we are told to not take revenge or bare any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. This is the plumb line used by God to judge His people.
In Chapter 8, Amos compares a basket of ripe fruit, soon to perish, with the Israelites. The ready to eat fruit will began to rot and if not removed from the basket, soon, all fruit will be unfit for consumption. Put God first; put His plumb line first; He is concerned with those we trust.
In Luke 10:25-37, a lawyer asks Jesus what he must do to have eternal salvation. Jesus asks the lawyer "What is written in the law?" He answers: "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself". Who is your neighbor? Which of the three persons that saw the man who was robbed, beaten and left as dead on the road to Jericho was the neighbor?
Live your faith daily; get your hands dirty; see someone in need and fulfill that need. Don’t turn to one side; stand straight with God’s plumb line.