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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011

The rain did come-very scattered and not enough but welcome none the less! We’ve noticed the trees are showing more stress even the mesquites. I’m not positive but there seems to be less bugs, all except the grasshoppers which are still plaguing my garden. They give my pepper plants the fits, gnawing on the leaves and even the peppers themselves. Although I am grateful to still have productive plants.Birthdays this week are Megan Ceynowa on the 28th, Kenneth Durst on August 1st, and Robert Durst and Jolie Parker on the 2nd. Anniversaries this week are Don and Deborah Baxter on the 27th and Carl and Tina Sanders on the 29th. Y’all have a very special day!Please continue your thoughts and prayers for our homebound and nursing home loved ones, Anna Grace Durst, Dick Pierson, Pearl Leifeste, Etta Marie Mutschink, and Johnita Bohmfalk. Remember all our service men and women in your prayers as they defend our great country, Taylor Slocum, Stuart Jordan, Josh Calhoun, Amanda Adams, Kyle Pierce, and Matt Krause.Announcements were Vacation Bible School is going on this week at the First UMC in Mason as host. There will be a Finance Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday the 27th, with the Art Men’s Choir practice following at 7. Prayer requests were for Rain, Lori and family, E. Wayne, Deloris Wilson, Maribelle, Charlie and Dee Dee Davis, our elected leaders, and the folks recovering from the tragedies in Alabama, Joplin, and Japan. Also for Youshef a Christian in prison in Iraq, Tatenda and Lucia in Zimbabwe as they minister to orphans in the midst of an evil goverment, and for all the persecuted Christians all over the world and in the USA. It was a joy to have Sam and Maribelle Hoerster in fellowship with us, they expressed their ‘Thanks” for all the prayers, and had received a good report from her doctors. We were glad to welcome Pastor Cliff back with us after a short absence.Pastor Cliff’s sermon was taken from Romans 8: 26-39 and Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52. When we have troubles, it is hard to see God in it. But He is there along with the Holy Spirit whom He sent as a comforter to help us in our weakness. As we seek God’s Will, when we don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit helps us to pray with groanings in harmony with God’s will. We know that God’s purpose was justification an undeserved gift: just-as-if-we’d-never-sinned. God is for us so who can be against us? No matter how it appears, no matter what trouble, nothing can separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus. In Matthew, Jesus gives five parables which teach us about the kingdom of Heaven, to teach us how to live every day with our own free will. We are to live like we believe. How with the example of the mustard seed and the yeast, you can have small beginnings and end up with big results. How when you know the prize, you can get really focused on what you need to do to obtain that prize. People have a hard time believing we are living in God’s kingdom because of all the troubles. However the Word says the kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed, the kingdom of God is among us. In God’s kingdom, if we believe and understand God’s word, the smallest things matter; we are to get committed, to get understanding; and the kingdom of God is open to everyone.The highest love cannot be spoken, it must be enacted. Goethe

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