August 18, 2019
Pastor Ken and I took his second vacation week off and went to Denver, Colorado. We enjoyed visiting our daughter Jacque’ Sack and her family. The “kids” are so good to us and feed us well. Our granddaughter, Kendall, drove us to see the movie “Lion King,” which we enjoyed very much.
It is nice to be back home and get back into a familiar schedule.
Community Table is Wednesday, so get ready to volunteer for cooking, deliveries, and cleaning up!
I brought a beautiful sofa throw to show our congregation. It is red, white, and blue with the pledge of allegiance to our flag printed around the edge. We bought it at Mt. Vernon on our trip to Maryland to see our son. I will put it in the live auction during the “Lord’s Acre” planned for the fall.
Juanita Duncan continues to recuperate at home and her many friends continue to pray for her. Let’s find out what we can do to make Juanita’s life easier.
Irene Sohm is spending more time off her feet and resting. She and Robert came to church last Sunday and told us about their son, Chris, who was care-flighted from Stephenville to Plano Saturday. We are very concerned about Chris and keep him in our prayers.
Neve Smith’s daughter is feeling better with her pacemaker.
Our congregation extends sympathy to the family and friends of Louetta Taylor Rovetto.
Pastor Ken performed the funeral service for Louetta who was a school mate from Carlton.
Laura Leatherwood served as Worship Leader and read our scripture lesson from Luke 12:49-53.
We see many warning signs each day such as Caution! Wet Floor!; Slippery when wet!; Caution! School Zone!; Railroad Crossing, etc. The words from Luke today are dramatic and a warning! Jesus says, “I came to cast fire upon the earth. I wish that it was already ablaze! “
Jesus came to bring the fire of the Holy Spirit, we will either be baptized by this fire or be consumed by it. Jesus has a warning for His followers, that is if we choose Him as our Savior and Lord, then we may very well face criticism and rejection, even with our family.
We suffer from many divisions today: politics, values, culture, and ethnicity. We want our churches to be the voice of unity and peace. But, upsetting the status quo is the reason Jesus was crucified. It is why His followers are tortured and imprisoned. Many churches across the world must meet in secret. How do we deal with that?
It requires commitment and sacrifice and passion. It is putting God above everything. Above our families, even our own lives. Either you are for Jesus or against Him. You must pick a side.
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