It was great to wake up this Monday morning to a light drizzle. The forecast is for precipitation all week with a 50% chance on Wednesday. Let it rain. Thank God for the beautiful rains last week.
The Church Conference on Sunday afternoon with District Superintendent Larry Altman presiding was well attended. The officers for 2009 were elected, the budget approved and the preacher approved for another year. Administrative Council and committee reports were given. We are ready to finish this year and start the new year with a commitment to do God’s will in our church and the world.
Members and friends having birthdays this week are: Clinton Durst and Virginia Durst on October 17th, Pearl Leifeste on October 18th, Tennille Kothmann and Jared Hudson on October 20th, Madison Cano will be four years old on October 21st, Laird Palmer on October 22nd and Taylor Slocum on October 23rd. And Sterling and Carlita Jordan will celebrate their anniversary on October 20th. May these special days be great for each one of you.
Matt and Diana Jordan welcomed a new daughter, Sophia Danielle, into the world on October 8th. She weighted 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. She was also welcomed by her sister Laura and her grandparents Roger and Tyra Jordan and a great number of relatives and friends. Tyra said that she looks just like her father.
We continue to have a great number of visitors in church and we invite them to attend Sunday School also. It is good to have Matt Krause back in Art. And it is great to have my daughter Lisa here for a few weeks and also have another daughter Pam Pierce here for the weekend.
Remember the workday on Saturday morning, October 18th from 9 to 11:59 a.m. to prepare for the church picture which will be taken at 10:30 a.m. before church on Sunday, October 19th. Another workday is scheduled for November 15th and the Heritage of Faith Tour is on December 6th.
Other dates for your calendar are the early voting period from October 20th to October 31st with the election on November 4th. Try to vote early to avoid the crowds.
In the study on Tuesday evenings, we learned that the three rules to live by are do no harm, do good and stay in love with God. This is not always easy to do. In our nature, we live a self-centered life while we must live a God-centered life, doing good to everyone in every thought, word and deed. Jesus followed these rules in a very difficult time. The power of the Holy Spirit helped Jesus do good, love everyone, even the unworthy and unclean. Practicing these rules will result in living like Jesus did. Your hearts will be changed and the world will be changed. Wars would cease and people would live completely God-centered lives.
Reverend Krause’s sermon titled “Living Like Christ” comes from Philippians 4:4-9. Paul lived like Christ after his conversion. Verse 9 reads: “Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Paul, the Apostle, was a sinner; he stumbled and fell like all of us, but he is still a powerful example for us today. Peter was an ordinary man but God built His church on Peter, the Rock. Only God is perfect; He used men, whose heart He could change. He can change your heart. Practice the good you have seen in Paul. The God of peace will be with you. You will have peace. Live to do good for God and live in peace every day.
Paul gave us four tools: 1) Rejoice in the Lord always, be thankful for all that God has given. 2) Do not be anxious in anything, look at the long-time results of your actions. God is in control. Jesus Christ gave us the way to eternal live. 3) Present prayer to God in everything. He will never let you down. And 4) Keep your mind on positive things. Have a positive attitude. Focus on the good and blessed things in life.
Living like Christ is not easy. Rejoice every day; give up those selfish urges. It takes a lifetime of trying. Spend time with the Lord. He is your friend. Talk to Him and listen for His voice.