The Black-eyed Susans and Indian Blankets have just been spectacular recently! Can you imagine the abundance of wildflowers we would have all summer through fall if we had a little shower or two each week! Flower power…………..see how it gets to you when you envision fields and fields of beautiful wildflowers! Okay, reality check, we’ll gratefully take what we can get and marvel in the splendor of it all.
There are a few belated birthday and anniversary wishes that I must mention. Brian Fuqua celebrated his birthday on the 7th, Sterling Jordan on the 8th, and my husband Ron Fritze on the 11th. Hope all you young gentlemen had great birthdays! Happy belated anniversary wishes are in order for Kenneth and Brenda Kothmann on the 7th, E. Wayne and Kathy Jordan on the 11th, and Steve and Karen Toone on the 12th. Chris and Emily Jordan Rhode will be celebrating their anniversary on the 19th, Trey and Natalie Hudson on the 18th, and Kim and Randy Hinckley on the 19th. Best wishes to all.
Pastor Cliff and our lay leaders have been in Corpus Christi for our Annual Conference. He left word with us last Sunday that the Southwest Texas Conference will be adding twelve new churches this year. That was just one of the many great things planned for the future.
Some other good news……. Amanda Adams, daughter of Monica and Bill Cotter is on her way home from overseas. We thank you Amanda for your service to our country and look forward to your safe return. Our prayers continue for Amanda as well as for Taylor Slocum, Matt Krause, Stuart Jordan, and Kyle Pierce. God bless all our servicemen and women.
We were so happy to have Don and Marge Boyd both feeling better and back with us last Sunday. We sure missed them. We have several members that would love to be with us and are unable to do so. Please remember them in your prayers. They are, Pearl Liefeste, Dick Pierson, Etta Marie Mutschink and Johnita Bohmfalk. Please pray for Willie Mae Oestreich and Dee Dee Fiedler from our Trinity-Castell church family. Carolyn Vater has asked that we please continue prayers for her great-nephew Bregg Hughes. Bregg was injured in Afghanistan recently and was severely burned. He and his wife have one child and another on the way. This has been a very hard and sad time for the entire family. Just another reminder that our freedom is not free.
Roger Jordan led our 2nd Sunday after Pentecost Service. The Gospel Reading was taken from Mark 3:20-35. Jesus was becoming well known for his teaching and healing. Crowds came considerable distances to see and hear him, thus causing the Pharisees and Herodians to fear his potential political impact on the people. Jesus had just chosen his twelve apostles and they were on their fast paced, full days of teaching, and at times not even being able to eat because of the crowds. Even Jesus’ family came to help settle him down because they felt he had become beside himself and was trying to do too much. So many, including his family had not yet come to fully understand his mission, so one can understand why they felt he may have been overdoing things and not resting. The scribes (teachers of the law) that had come down from Jerusalem attributed Jesus’ powers as being from Beelzebub, a name referring to Satan.
They accused Jesus of being the prince of demons! In answer to their accusations, Jesus spoke in parables and asked, “How can Satan cast out Satan?” “To even think so is ridiculous!” Jesus continued by saying that divided kingdoms fall (vs.24); divided houses fall (vs.25); therefore Satan fighting against himself would be self-destruction (vs.26). In Verse 27, when Jesus talks about entering a strong man’s house (Satan is the strong man) and carrying off his possessions, he was referring to the fact that he was doing this very thing when he freed people from Satan’s control. The only way to establish the kingdom of God on earth is to remove the kingdom of evil. In Verses 28-30, Jesus tells the people that sins will be forgiven, however, anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit places themselves outside the grace of God. The power of the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus’ words and works. To give Satan credit for this is to call the work of heaven a work of hell. Jesus said that to do this is to subject ones self to eternal condemnation. Throughout the sermon, Roger reminded us of the comforting and reassuring messages of God. Fixing broken lives and situations is God’s specialty and he always gives mercy and help to all who call upon Him. Satan may be strong, but God gives us the strength to withstand him, strength far above our human strength. God’s kingdom is of life, truth and eternity and He will be the ruler of our hearts and the master of our lives and homes if we just let Him in.
Peace to all