Wow! Is this wind fierce or what? There have been horrible fires in Bastrop County where my eldest son, Joe and his wife Misti, and two of my brothers live. Thus far the fire is not contained. We all need to be hyper-alert for anything that can cause that first little spark. Texas’ fire departments, their resources, and their people are getting worn out from the continuous call to service. May the winds die down and it cool down enough to let the rains come.Birthdays this week are Cheryl Fritze on the 7th, Carolyn Vater on the 10th, James Leifeste and James Toeppich on the 12th, and Barbara Krause on the 13th. May you all have a terrific day of celebration. Celebrating their anniversary this week are Bill and Monica Cotter. May you both have a grand celebration.We continue in our prayers for those special folks in the nursing homes and those that are home bound Pearl Leifeste, Etta Marie Mutschink, Johnita Bohmfalk, Anna Grace Durst, and Dick Pierson. Pray for health and safety for our service men and women Taylor Slocum, Josh Calhoun, Stuart Jordan, Kyle Pierce, Matt Krause, and Amanda Adams.Prayer requests were grace and comfort for Charlie Morris, DeeDee and family; and for Kyle Hamlin and family. Prayers for continued healing were for Wanda Jordan, Carolyn Vater, Scott Ceynowa, and Deloris Wilson. Joys were from Nea Young and Sam Hoerster. He also requested protection for our school chilren and our sports participants.Our Bible study on Revelation begins on Wednesday, September the 7th at 7 p.m. The UMW is going on a field trip to Kerrville on Tuesday the 13th. Please let Joyce or Susie know if you would like to join us. Pastor Cliff’s sermon was from Matthew 18: 15-35. Jesus was instructing his disciples about various situations that would come up in their lives after He left them. Jesus at times used exaggeration to make His point or so people would listen to what he was trying to teach them. Such as plucking one’s eye out if it causes us to sin or kicking people out of fellowship. For Jesus said that He came for the sinners not the righteous. He wants to keep the relationship with us and for us to work on our relationship with Him. For we have our own world view of what we think should be happening, but that is not necessarily God’s view. We only think we know what God’s will is for us and for the earth. In another example, Peter asked about how many times we should forgive someone who sins against us. Jesus answered seventy times seven (Old Testament-Genesis based) which dealt a blow to the idea of retaliation. So if someone sins against us, we are to forgive them with our whole heart. After all, we want God to accept us and forgive us warts and all, so at the least we are to love and forgive others just as “they are”. “If you put yourself in the judgement seat, you may find youself in the Hot Seat”! No we are not to dismiss the sin but we are to forgive the sinner. We are not to limit God’s grace.