We still have this crazy weather with widely scattered rains, hot days and pleasant nights. Pray for some general rains.
John D. Fleming will celebrate his birthday on July 20th and Kaci Lyn Zaleski celebrates on July 2nd. Kyle Andrew Kothmann, great grandson of Andrew Kothmann, will have his second birthday on July 22nd and Philip Hinckley will celebrate on July 24th. Have a great birthday.
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 as she starts a new experimental treatment. Prayers are also needed for John Ceynowa as he recovers from infection and kidney stones. Florence Blake has her second cataract removal on Tuesday and should be home this weekend. Ruby Toeppich is having great pain in her back and has difficulty getting around. Keep Rev. Mark Krause in your prayers as he continues his studies.
It was good to see all of the visitors in church especially when so many of our regular members are away, I enjoyed having my daughter, Lisa, here from Baltimore and my grandson’s wife, Marielena, for a few days.
And it was great to have Maria Mutis here to play her special music and we really appreciate the special solo by David Vater as he sang “I Forgive.”
Our sermon on Sunday was provided by Roger Jordan using the Old Testament lesson from Proverbs 28:12-18 and 29:7-14, 26, 27 in which Solomon lists the qualities of a good leader. This lesson is particular important since we will soon elect a leader for our country.
God has always provided our leaders. He is the ultimate authority. Christianity is always one generation away from extinction. When the righteous triumph, there is great glory and celebration (28:12). The righteous man knows and cares for the rights of the poor (29:7), a wise man holds his anger and stills it (verse 11), and the king who faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established continually (verse 14).
We are to care for the poor, orphans and widows. We are accountable to God and He will be our judge. Whoever wishes to be most important and first in rank among you must be slave to all Mark 10:43). “Many crave and seek the ruler’s favor, but the wise man waits for the justice of the Lord. An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way of the Lord is an abomination of the wicked”. Proverbs 29: 26, 27.
Be involved in the political process. Pray for God’s guidance; pray for our nation that we will do what is right in God’s eyes. Our hope is in the Lord. Our leaders must be righteous with God.