Had another great week. Our granddaughter, Caitlynn, had a birthday Thursday. She is now 14! That’s 14 years that have flown by. We had her a birthday cake and ice cream with her grandpa, Dustin and Aaron Wednesday night.
Sis. Alice had a birthday at church this week.
We had a good turn out for church, was down a little in number, but have some on vacation. Bro. Jim and Sis. Maxine are visiting her brother in Iowa so they were gone also. Sis. Freeda preached for us Sunday morning and evening.
We still have some sick in our community and church that need our prayers and to be lifted up to the Lord. Some are still doing treatment and need prayer for safe travels to and fro.
Sis. Freeda’s message Sunday morning was from John 4, the woman at the well. This story just confirms, again, He knows our names and all that we have ever done or are doing. It said in the beginning of the chapter He had needs to go by Samaria. He knew this woman would be there and that she had a need. God knew her heart, and as she told Him she had no husband, He told her she had spoke the truth when in fact she had five husbands and the one she had was not her husband. This must have been a real eye opener to her. Jesus surely knew she would be that vessel that would go and tell others who she had met at the well, and she did. That’s what God wants of us today, for us to come to Him, accept Him, and then be willing to be that empty vessel, that He will fill up for us to go and share what He has done for us.
Sunday evening Sis. Freeda preached from Acts 2, the Holy Spirit. The Holy spirit is full of power and came in like a mighty rushing wind. Sis. Freeda spoke of the fire. She spoke about when they are refining silver, it has to be burned, the dross has to be burned out. I couldn’t get that thought out of my head, I wanted to know more about that dross, so I did a little studying and I came up with some interesting things. In I Peter 1: 7, it says that the trial of our faith is much more precious than of gold that perish though it it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. Take away the dross from the silver, and there comes out a vessel for the smith; … so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable. I found many scriptures that went along with the dross being burned out, so I was so glad that Sis. Freeda preached what the Lord gave her. It’s so good to hear something that sends you searching for more about what you have heard. We have to have all that dross burned out of us, before the Holy Spirit can live within us. Sis. Freeda went on to say someone may need to hear from God through us. I am so thankful for all of those before me who had a kind word, to say to me, to share the gospel with me that I had that desire to live for God. I’m thankful for the good preaching I have heard through the years, for the preachers that share what God has given them to say. It sometimes is just what I need to hear, to let go of something I might have been hanging on to. Forgive someone for something I can do nothing about. God knows our hearts, and when we are trying to live for Him, that sweet Holy Spirit will nudge us and let us know when we have done wrong.
If you don’t have a home church we’d welcome you to come to Girdner. We have a great service every time the doors are open. Sunday morning at 10 a.m., Sunday evening at 6p.m., and Wed. evening at 7 p.m. We sure have a good bunch of kids coming on Wed. nights. We appreciate each and everyone of them. We appreciate the parents who bring them or just make sure they get there.
I read a story on the internet I’d like to share with you, it was called a Cherokee proverb, but I felt it also could apply to us; there is a battle of two wolves inside us all, one is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, love peace, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. Which wolf wins?.. The one you feed. Let’s feed the good one and win the lost to God!