Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful turkey day and remembers for what they have to be thankful. God, family, friends and this beautiful state in which we live, those are just a few of the things for which I am thankful and grateful to have in my life. Reach out to neighbors and friends and share your happiness with them.
We have lots of birthdays to celebrate this week, Roger Jordan on the 24th, Deborah Jordan Baxter on the 25th, Lorien Calhoun on the 28th, Wanda Jordan, Alexandra Claire Cope and Daniel Hinckley on the 29th, and Randy Hinckley on the 30th. Celebrating anniversaries this week are Max and Jan Jordan on the 24th, my sister Pam and her husband Robert Pierce also celebrate on the 24th, and Stephen and Joyce Mutschink on the 25th. Hope you all have a wonderful celebration!
Please pray for David Vater and Wanda Jordan this week as they work through their medical issues. Also pray for guidance for their doctors. Continue to pray healing and strength for Don Boyd, James Henderson, Kendra Kensing Code, Paul Toeppich, Jacob Bibb, Sara Dixon and Betty Kitchen.
Daddy continues to improve. The kidney stones should be small enough now to pass on their own and the doctor doesnt want to see him again for nearly 3 months. Now, his foot doctor is another story. The doctor cut away a blood blister but it's not healing as quickly or as well as the doctor wants, so Daddy is supposed to be staying off his feet. Let me tell you, that's not as easy as it sounds. We're trying to do our part and the doctor is doing his part, but prayers could only help.
Never forget our military men and women serving all across the world. They felt the call to serve our country and protect all of us and our way of life, the best way to repay their sacrifice is to honor them and keep them in our prayers. Please pray for Amanda Adams, Josh Calhoun, Matt Krause, Stuart Jordan, Kyle Pierce and Taylor Slocum as they fulfill their commitments and proudly serve our country.
Pastor Mark's sermon was entitled Heavenly Heart and based on Luke 23:32-43. This selection recounts Jesus being crucified and the exchange between him and the two men being executed with him. One man taunted Jesus, saying that if He was the Christ, that he should save himself and the two men. The second man said something different, asking Jesus if He wasn't afraid to be condemned with these two men. But Jesus knew he was acting according to God's Will and accepted what was to come.
Jesus could have stopped what was going to happen, but he didn't because he was humbly serving God and doing as He had asked. In the end, even when faced with hate and pain and anger, Jesus asked for them to be forgiven. Forgive them, for they know not what they do. Let us always remember the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us.