Lisa has gone home for a while to recuperate and so here we are. I was able to tell her we did get some rain but it was definitely scattered and the amounts varied all over the county. Praise God for every drop. We ask Him for mercy for our land and the creatures there in. Please let it rain.Birthdays this week are Max Jordan on the 30th, Susie Jordan on the 3rd, and our beloved country on the 4th. May you all have a great celebration. Our special people celebrating their anniversary this week are Jerald and Vondell Jordan on the 29th and Bill and Lois Koock on the 5th of July. Enjoy your special day.Prayers for joys and concerns this week are for Maribelle Hoerster, Katherine Koock, Johnita Bohmfalk, and Deloris Wilson (my mother). We need rain. Pray for freedom to come to the Arab countries not just a change of their oppressors. We ask that you remember our folks that are homebound Anna Grace Durst, Dick Pierson, and Jane Krause; and those that are in the nursing homes Pearl Leifeste and Etta Marie Mutschink. Tad Leifeste’s grandson Kyle Pierce and his parents came up to visit before he reports back to duty. We keep him and our other special loved ones in the military in our prayers Josh Calhoun, Stuart Jordan, Taylor Slocum, Amanda Adams, and Matt Krause.Pastor Cliff’s sermon was from Genesis 22:1-14, the story of Abraham and Isaac. It is a story that is tied to Jesus’ death on Calvary. It also signaled God’s displeasure with the custom of people sacrificing their own infants to false gods-infantcide. To God life is precious and He will and did provide the way. Jesus Christ. The Bible is a means of grace. When we read it we are to read the whole text not just the parts we like or agree with. We are human but we are to be nice to others. Jesus teaches us to treat others as we would Him. A stranger or an acquaintance, a pleasant person or a grouch. Yes, it is hard in many cases but we are to keep trying. To the end. Let not your hearts be troubled, John 14:1. Amen.