Summer is here and the temperature has reached 100 degrees. Thank God for the great days so far and pray that they will continue that pattern. Pray for rain.
The birthdays for this week in August are: Sam Jordan on the 6th, Josh Calhoun on the 7th, Michelle Burdette on the 9th, Beth Williams Palmer on the 10th, Dorris Ann Pierson on the 11th, and on the 12th, Andrew Kothmann’s 100th birthday and also John Ceynowa’s special day. Stay in a cool place and celebrate in your own special way.
It was good to have Faye Jones of Mason and Randall, Peggy, Courtney and Colby Brown from Doss worship with us. It was also great to see Joe David and Heather Yates with their one month old daughter Savanna. It was good to have Nea Young home from her adventures and it was great to see Don and Marge all healthy and well. And it was great to see Lorien Calhoun with Jackson, Caleigh and Lincoln. Josh is somewhere in the Pacific Ocean protecting us.
Carolyn Vater reported that her sister Marcy is home from MD Anderson and her tumor is getting smaller. Ken Kothmann is having surgery on Thursday. John Jordan is having surgery this week. Paul Toeppich is being treated for cancer. Continue to pray for Nathanial Jordan, Andrew Kothmann, Pearl Leifeste, Jane Krause, Anna Grace Durst and Etta Marie Mutschink.
Our special music was provided by David Vater as he sang "Fill My Cup" with Maria Mutis accompanied him with her violin. Thanks to both of you for this special music.
For the first time in a long while, we now have a Children’s Sunday School Class with Tyra Jordan doing a tremendous teaching job. We also had a nursery during the service. We miss the little ones adding to the sermon but we know they are having a good time learning about God and His love.
Be sure to put Andrew Kothmann’s birthday party on your calendar. It will be on August 14th in the Art Fellowship Hall from 1 to 4 PM. Come and enjoy the fun, the cakes and cookies. No gifts needed.
Roger Jordan brought the sermon titled "Keeping Your Guard Up". The Old Testament scripture was Nehemiah 7:1-3 and the New Testament lesson was from John 8:31-36.
Nehemiah was totally dedicated to God, chosen by God to lead his people. He fought the devil by staying focused on his assignment and steadfastly refusing to be distracted. He remained diligent and prayerful until his God-given assignment was complete. The devil uses multiple strategies to thwart God’s work. He opposes anything that threatens him, so let his resistance be a sign that God is doing great work.
Keep up your guard so that the devil will not come into your life. You cannot love with without God. Listen to the Lord and study His Word. James 4:4 says: "Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy?" Don’t let anything be a stumbling block. Let God be number one in your life. There are many things that can lead us astray.
We are all disciples – learners of the Word of God. Ask God to help you overcome the dangers in your life. Learn to become a servant of the Lord. Meditate frequently.
Romans 5:6-11 states that Christ died for the ungodly. God shows and clearly proves His love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We are justified by Christ’s blood. We also rejoice and exultingly glory in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ist Peter 5:8 states that the enemy, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Love never fails; Faith works with love; Wisdom never fails; Grace conquers all. If you love, faith and wisdom with God’s grace will get you through.
Keep up your guard and let God’s grace make you a winner in life.