Continue to pray for rain. Monday’s forecast has a 40% chance for rain but the sun is shining brightly. We need a major change in the weather patterns to bring some good rains to West Texas. Pray to God for the rain we so desperately need.
Lisa and I had a great visit with Florence Blake and her daughter Brenda, son-in-law Mark and granddaughter Emily last week. Aunt Florence was feeling fine and really enjoys your calls and letters. Keep her in your prayers. Also, keep in your daily prayers Anna Grace Durst, Carlita Jordan, Pearl Leifeste, Marilyn Kahan, Carolyn Vater and Jean Horton. There was great joy with the news that Tina Carter’s latest x-rays show no evidence of cancer. Thank God for His healing power.
An important workday is scheduled for this Saturday morning, November 15th with a breakfast provided by the kitchen personnel at 9:00 a.m. sharp. We will be setting up the outdoor Christmas decorations and other outside work. The plastic containers for our outreach mission to Mexico will also be distributed on the 15th. Be shopping for your shoebox items and getting your other items together for Mexico. This Mexican ministry has really caught fire with other churches joining in helping.
Then, on Sunday, November 23rd, the inside decorations will be completed with the “Hanging of the Greens” celebration. This also starts at 9:00 a.m. with a breakfast provided by the Young Adult Sunday School Class.
The next events on the church calendar are Thanksgiving on the 27th, the First Sunday of Advent on the 30th with a Fifth Sunday Service that evening, and the county-wide Heritage of Faith Tour on December 6th. Everyone has their assignments for the tour. Get ready for a really busy Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
The lunch Sunday after church was great as always. The committee meetings helped organize us for a great start for the new year.
The Art Men’s Choir special was “Walk With Me.” Thanks for the great inspiration.
Reverend Mark Krause’s sermon titled “Walking With Jesus” used the Gospel scripture for Matthew 23:1-12. Jesus was teaching the disciples and the multitudes that was following Him, hoping to be healed. He spoke with authority as He described the actions of the scribes and Pharisees who made the laws. Jesus said that the people were to observe and practice all they were told. But do not do as the scribes and Pharisees did, because they did not practice what they preached. They do all of their works to be seen by men. They take pleasure in and love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues. They described Jesus as only a carpenter, not of royalty. They tried to trip Him up with their questions. They had lost their perspective about who they were.
But Jesus spoke the truth. Respect your leaders; do what they teach. But, do not follow their example. Follow God’s love and forgiveness. Listen to God and see what He has to say. In Micah 6:8, it is written: “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God”?
Listen and surrender to God’s will. Walk with God.
Remember that Jesus came to this earth and lowered himself to the lowest position in life. In prefect humility, Jesus came to serve us and give us the example of the true way of life. Go forth.