Pray for rain.
Eliza Cope will observe her third birthday on August 31st, Monica Hinckley will have her happy party on September 1st, and Frances Toeppich will celebrate on September 4th. Have a great happy birthday celebration. And wishes for a happy anniversary go to Clinton and Anna Grace Durst on August 29th. Everyone have a great special day and we can all get out there and celebrate Labor Day on September 1st.
Continue to pray for Florence Blake as she recuperates in San Antonio. Also pray for Dick Pierson as he continues his treatments and for Frances as she is doing well after her surgery. And keep Kathy Jordan in your prayers after her minor surgery.
Our condolences go to the family of Gus Kaderka after his death last week. May the family find the peace that comes from knowing that Gus is with the Lord.
Our sympathy also goes to the parents and family of Christopher Roy Estes-Krenek after his death last Friday. The death of a child is always a time of great sorrow and they need our prayers and support.
As Jesus traveled on his way to Jerusalem, passing from the Jewish areas into the country if the gentiles, he wanted to know what the people were saying about him. Who did they really think he was? What did the disciples believe about him? This account is found in the Gospel lesson in Matthew 16:13-20.
The disciples said that some of the people thought that he was John the Baptist, some said he was Elijah, others believed he was Jeremiah or one of the prophets. So Jesus asked them: “But who do you say that I am”?
Think about the reality of who he is to you. He was not the powerful ruler they had expected. He was a carpenter. He had been teaching and healing for three years. He really wanted then to look at themselves and their relationship to him and their belief in him.
Peter, even as imperfect as he was, spoke up and said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” God had revealed the truth to Peter. Jesus told him that he was the rock on which He would build His church. And He gave Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven (verse 19).
The keys to the kingdom are faith (belief in Jesus, the Messiah), repentance (recognizing our failures), acceptance (Jesus forgiving us with his grace) and discipleship (acting as Jesus did, sharing his grace and love with the world). Jesus is the one true path to eternal life. Do not be ashamed of your relationship with Jesus Christ. Ask God to help you become more involved and listen to the voice from God. Study the bible. Know what it says and how it related to your in your life.
Our world is full of people that do not know who Jesus is. When will God get your attention? When will you need help and reach up for Jesus? Peter was not ashamed of the bible. It is the powerful word of God for everyone who believes.
Do not be ashamed to testify about what God’s love and grace has done for you. Believe that Jesus is the Messiah. He can make a difference in your life. He can do anything for us. Get out of your comfort zone and live for Christ.