Good morning from Girdner. It’s another rainy day, and I’m glad! I love the rain. I know it’s not good for those who are trying to put their hay up, but God knows their needs and will provide. The sun will shine soon and dry everything up. He knows just what we have need of.
We had three with birthdays this last week, Jack, Pam, and Zack. Happy birthday to them all. We still have some in the hospital, and some who will be going in for surgery this week. God knows their names, so please, just lift them up in prayer, and remember their families this week. Also have some who are continuing Chemo this week and some who are starting, remember them and their families too.
Sunday morning we were privileged to have with us again the aunts of Sis. Mary. They sang a song for us Sunday morning and two Sunday nights. You would have thought they had music playing, but it was just their great harmonizing together. God has so blessed them with beautiful voices, and we thank them for sharing with us their beautiful songs.
I have had my grandchildren on my mind this morning. They are all growing up so fast. Two out of school now, all grown up and the others growing up at a fast rate. Please remember them in your prayers, that God will give them wisdom, to know the right way to go in this world and do according to His word. There is no greater thing to pray for as your children and grandchildren that they would know God as their Saviour and know His will for their life. A very wise man in our church has prayed a special prayer many times, that God watch over my children, my neighbor’s children and my grandchildren and my neighbor’s grandchildren. And, I am standing on the promise of God, and believing in his prayers, God will do just that! The grandchildren and I have always told each other that we love each other, and then one of us would say, “But I love you more.” Reminds me of another great scripture Sis. Maxine brought out John 15;13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This is what God says to us in this scripture. He loves us more!
Sis. Maxine’s message this week was in Colossians 2:11 - Continuing in, We are complete in Him!
We need to walk the talk, not bring shame to His name. Jesus being nailed on a cross, He took all our sins to bear that day. It was for each and every one of us. He did this so that we might not have to carry the weight of the sins in our life. He took them willingly to be crucified with Him that day. All He wants in return is our love, devotion, and acceptance of Himself in our lives. In Romans 8 it says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” I am so thankful that we only have Christ’s approval to think of and not the whole world. I was reminded again this week of something from my past. Satan likes to work that way, you know. He knows what he can throw before you and get you to doubt God as our redeemer and all things have been forgiven. So many good thoughts Sunday, so much good scripture to ponder on.
Sunday night Sis. Maxine preached 1 Kings 18:21, the great showdown. A showdown between Elijah’s Lord God, and the prophets of Baal. Sis. Maxine brought the story out so well! How long halt ye between two opinions? Elijah ask the people this in verse 21. If God be God, then follow Him, and if Baal then follow him. They were going to call on their gods, and which ever answered with fire, he would be God. The prophets of Baal called all day, but their gods didn’t show. Then Elijah set the altar up again and even had water poured on the sacrifice three times! When he called out to the Lord God, our God surely answered in a big way! It’s a great story to read in the Bible, from 1 Kings 18. I’d encourage everyone to read this chapter. And then.. ask yourself, who is your god, why halt ye between two opinions? It has given me something to ponder on for sure this week.
Bible school will begin July 21. If you have children or would like to come we would love to have you.
Sunday night will be our singing, at 6 p.m. All are invited to come. Fellowship and refreshments afterward.
It seems there are so many folks with illiness, health issues, surgerys to face. So many heavy hearts. I’d like to share a thought, found on the net, maybe we could use as our prayer to God today for what He has done for us. May we be found giving God more praise for all the good things in life we have and count our blessings every day!
By Patsy Clairmont; For the privilege of this day, for the breath that fills my lungs, for the song that rhythms my heart, I thank you Lord God.