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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 • Posted March 14, 2012

The recent rains have been such a blessing and the wildflower season is shaping up to be spectacular. Speaking of blessings, we had a church full of young “spring breakers” last Sunday. Pictured above is Pastor Cliff giving the Children’s Message. This Wednesday, March 14th, the Community Lenten Lunch Gathering will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at noon and will be hosted by Hilda UMC. Next Sunday, March 18th, we will have our Family Fellowship Luncheon after worship. Please remember, we have a church work day coming up on Saturday, March 24th, from 9am –noon. We need lots of help! Lunch will be provided.Happy Birthday wishes go to Jill Kettner Cochran on the 14th, Jerald Jordan and Amanda Adams on the 18th, and Christian Dyess on the 20th. May each of you have a wonderful day!We are saddened to report that our beloved Anna Grace Durst passed away on Friday, March 9th. She was truly a blessing and inspiration to all. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to Clinton and the entire Durst family for their tremendous loss.Ruby Toeppich’s doctor had her wear a heart monitor and concluded she needs a pacemaker. This will be done Monday, so hopefully as of this printing, the procedure will have been completed successfully and she will be doing fine. Please continue to keep Ruby in your prayers. Matt Jordan’s home in San Antonio was hit by lightning last Saturday. Everyone is safe, however there was a significant amount of electrical and appliance damage. Matt is the son of Roger and Tyra Jordan. Please keep Matt and his wife in your prayers as they deal with this situation. Please pray for Wayne and Nancy Jordan’s daughter, Joanna, as she will be caring for a foster infant born from drug dependant parents. Joanna is a blessing not only to this child but to all the other children she has placed upon her heart to care for and love. Last Sunday was the third Sunday in Lent. Christian Dyess read the child’s voice in our Call to Worship. The Art Men’s Choir sang “Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone”……beautiful, beautiful music. The Gospel Reading was from John 2: 13-22, Christ Cleanses the Temple. The Passover of the Jews was at hand. (Every male Jew 12 years old and above was required to attend the Passover.) The temple was a very important symbol to the Jewish people. It was God’s permanent dwelling place in their nation, a sign of the covenant promise of eternal presence. The people going to the temple were trying to be obedient to God by bringing their best animals or buying the best animals to bring to the temple for sacrifice. The Law of Moses required that any animal being offered in sacrifice be unblemished and that a temple tax must be paid, therefore inspectors and tax collectors were present. There was no separation of church and state. Merchants (with connections to temple priests and the Roman government) were selling sacrificial animals at extremely high prices and charging fees to exchange coins into currency acceptable to the temple authorities. This is what Jesus found when He entered the temple court of the Gentiles……..a terrible display of greed! Jesus made a whip (more of a symbol than a weapon) and drove out the money changers, wicked merchants and animals they were selling. He overturned the tables and scattered the coins. Jesus told them, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” The Jewish leaders demanded to know what miraculous sign Jesus could show to them to prove he had the authority to clear out the temple. Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” The Jews replied, “It has taken forty six years to build this temple and you are going to raise it in three days?” (Jesus was referring to the destruction of His body, not the physical building. He said he would raise it up not build it again. This was about His resurrection, three days after His death.) The Jews took Christ’s words literally-with human understanding as Pastor Cliff said. They ignored the spiritual and true meaning of His statement. Even the disciples did not totally understand until Jesus was raised from the dead. That is when they believed the scripture and the words Jesus had spoken. Sometimes our “human understanding or interpretation (like those in the temple) can get in the way of what God (through the power of the Holy Spirit) is trying to give, teach, or reveal to us.” God says our salvation has been secured and assured. Our Lord says to choose His way for blessings and eternal life. Perhaps we need to give up “our human understanding” and pray for the wisdom to see it God’s way. Peace to all.

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