The work of the Spirit is within us and around us, but often we dismiss it, or do not recognize it. The work of the Spirit is going to call us away from saving the building, or saving the church as we once knew it. The work of the Spirit is going to call us away from budgets that preserve into budgets that support mission. The work of the Spirit is divisive-not because the Spirit is divisive, but because we are. We plant our feet and hold our ground to try to stop change, to try to live the way we want to, instead of listening to what God desires for us. When we trust in the Spirit, we know the power of God, and we are part of the family of God in Christ Jesus, where we are all parents and siblings together by spirit rather than blood.
Paul explains his hope and faith in God that compels him to preach, for as God raised Christ, so God will raise all who believe in Christ. This gives us hope and perseverance in the face of the troubles we must deal with in this life.
In response to the religious teachers who claim that Jesus is possessed by a demon, Jesus teaches that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand, and that Satan cannot fight against Satan. Then, when his mother and brothers come asking for him, Jesus declares that all who do God’s will are his siblings and parents.
Prayer Wind in the Wilderness, guide us through the tangled brush and the darkened paths. May we feel You when we are lonely; may we know Your presence when we are afraid. Guide us across the great barriers, through the deep valleys, and over the mountains of difficulty. Wind in the Wilderness, may we feel You when we need strength and courage. Wind in the Wilderness, guide us safely through. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially:
Dorothy Miller; Bill Battcher; Lucille Edwards; Louise Anderson,
Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Rich Rardin, Amy Castleberry, Jan Elsner
Those with health and family issues: Family of Sarah Wilkin, niece of Carol Wixson, passed; William, grandson of Teddie and Dick Knapp; ; Beth, Linda Dumas’s niece; Debbie Sanchez; Kim, niece of Teddie & Dick Knapp; Marlene, friend of Shavers; Tracey, friend of Randi Grzenia; Missy Iannella; Kayson Schumacher; Tony, brother in law of Christine Marousek; Linda Shaver-Gleason; Chris Gleason; Linus Gleason; Ann Efflandt, niece of Jack and Denise Karhoff King; Marilyn Blake, sister of Carol Wixson, Kate Benner, friend of the Landerholms; Janet, extended family of Dennis Subach
We are now equipped with a Hearing Loop. To receive the signal directly in a hearing aid, a dedicated program with a T-coil is required. For RITE or open-tube fit BTE instruments and near normal low frequency hearing, program a “T” only setting and an MT setting for closed mold fittings.