We continue to have hot days with widely scattered showers. Pray for a great general rain.
Uncle William Willmann’s surgery was successful and he is doing great. Continue to pray for Tina Carter as she continues radiation and chemo. Continue your prayers for Carlita Jordan, Jan Jordan, Carolyn Vater and Marilyn Kahan.
Our condolences go to the family of Brucene Norton after her death on July 4th in San Antonio. She was born on November 28, 1931, in Mason. Our prayers for comfort and peace go to her son Joel and his wife Rebecca as well as Brucene’s four sisters: Majorie Cardwell, Willeda Rea and her husband Van, Betha Cox, and Zala Koyn and her husband Charlie. Brucene had been my great friend and companion for the last year and a half. I have been blessed to have known her all of my life. She will be greatly missed by all of her friends. May she rest in the arms of God.
Happy birthday wishes go to Jordan Kothmann on July 12th, to Daniel Thomas Ullrich, the great grandson of Johnita Bohmfalk, on his 3rd birthday on July 12th, to my dear friend Kathy Jordan on July 15, to James Schwertner on July 15th, to Karen Toone on July 16th, to Carol Jordan also on July 16th, and to Caroline Jordan on July 17th. Have a great special day.
And, a big thank you to Keven and Tennile Kothmann for the 4th of July party on the 5th of July. The fireworks were great; the food and the company were also exceptional. Thanks.
Stephen Mutschink brought the message in the absence of Rev. Krause. The Gospel scripture was from Matthew 11:16-19 and 25-30. God made each and every one of us to be different. He gave us the freedom to choose our actions. We live in God’s garden. He tends to us and loves us. He loves everything He created for us.
We are to love Him with all our strength, mind and soul. And the second commandment he gave was to love your neighbor as you love yourself. This is difficult for us to do because we reject people who are different, just as John the Baptist’s message was rejected because of his appearance. We cannot change human nature. We can always find something that we can use to reject a person and then not listen to their message. Little children will trust and accept everyone they meet. They don’t see the differences in people. They love their neighbors. Condemn the actions, not the person.
We tend to reject people because of their ideas and their actions. What they do may seem weird to us. It is our nature. From Romans 7:20, regarding our sinful nature: “Now if I do what I do not desire to do, it is no longer I doing it (it is not myself that acts), but the sin (principle) which dwells within me (fixed and operating in my soul).” Evil is ever present with us and we are subject to its insistent demands (verse 21).
We are required to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. God will release and deliver you from the shackles of the flesh so that you can serve the Law of God (verses 24 and 25). Lay all your sins and troubles on Jesus and invite him into your heart. Share the good news of the Gospel with everyone you meet. You will start something that cannot be stopped.