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Bits of Art
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 • Posted August 3, 2011

Well, Tropical Storm Don was a wimp. Couldn’t take the dry heat I guess. I do hope somewhere in south Texas they received some moisture! We do need to pray for Rain for us and for our neighbors all around. Pray as well for this splendid country, a pertinent scripture is 2 Chronicles 7:14.Birthdays being celebrated this week are Jessica Bibb and Lincoln Calhoun on the 4th, Jean Lyon and Leslie Cope on the the 5th, Sam Jordan on the 6th, and Josh Calhoun on the 7th. There are some really special people having really special celebrations so get out there and celebrate!!VBS was reported to be a wonderful success! More than 190 children and helpers were present each day. Wow! Many, many thanks to all those who helped in whatever manner to make this a blessing to the children and the community.Countless blessings to Walter and Cassey as they were joined in holy marriage, inviting God to be a part of their new life, as a threefold strong cord.Please pray for the health and safety of all our service men and women as they are out in harm’s way Stuart Jordan, Taylor Slocum, Amanda Adams, Josh Calhoun, Kyle Pierce, and Matt Krause. Remember our special folks in the nursing homes and that are homebound, Etta Marie Mutschink, Pearl Leifeste, Johnita Bohmfalk, Anna Grace Durst, and Dick and Dorris Ann Pierson.Prayer requests were for rain, Scott Ceynowa, Charlie and Dee Dee, Deloris Wilson, and Maribelle Hoerster.And from Tad Leifeste (again, many thanks!) who was filling in in our absence.It was good to have Maria Mutis add her violin music to our worship service. We also congratulate Cassey Slocum and Walter Holbert on their Christian marriage in the Art church last Saturday. It’s a great way to start a life together. Rev. Krcha continued to speak about God’s will using the scripture from Genesis 32:22-31. Jacob continued to be a schemer, a trickster, a swindler as he lied to his father saying that he was Esau, his brother, and swindled Isaac into giving him Esau’s birthright. Jacob wrestled with a God all night and in the morning, God blessed Jacob and he changed his name. God also gave Jacob a limp, perhaps a divine reminder, that despite Jacob’s sins, God forgave him and blessed him. God uses people with a past. He used Paul who was a terrorist before God got his attention. God is faithful, and forgives our sins. We should be as willing to forgive others.. as we are to accept God’s forgiveness for our own sins. You can never change your past but God loves us and that love can change what your past means. The Gospel reading from Matthew 14:13 21 describes the miracle of the feeding of the 5000. Jesus had just heard about the death of his cousin, John the Baptist. He withdrew to a dark, deserted place. But many people came and He had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening came, Jesus was concerned that the great multitude of people needed to be fed. He told the disciples to feed them. But they could only find five loaves and two fish and wanted to send them away. Jesus gave thanks and blessed the bread and fish and broke them into pieces. The disciples gave the pieces to the people. When everyone had eaten and were satisfied, the disciples collected twelve baskets of leftovers.Jesus provides all our needs. We sin; He sees us; He has compassion; He feeds us. God gives us food for our journey through life. God invites us to feed the world. Without us, God won’t; Without God, we can’t. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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