As I read the stories of Jesus there is something that stands out to me as a trait that much of the world lacks, including Christians. That trait is being able to communicate “TRUTH” with love and compassion. And by truth I am talking about God’s truth found in the bible.

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Jesus was confrontational at times but he always did it using truth. He never ever spoke anything but truth and almost always with deep compassion. I say almost because there was a recorded incident in the temple when he drove out the money changers with a whip dumping over their tables.

You and I have the same same truth Jesus used, it’s found in the scriptures. Always seek God’s truth with love for your own life, the ones you love, the ones you disagree with.

Being a Christian will many times put you on the opposing side of society. That was true for Jesus, that is true for you and I. Our mission as a Christian is not to become popular with society, but to bring people to Jesus so that the Holy Spirit can work inside of them. At the same time, we must always remember to be patient and compassionate with those who do not yet know Jesus or His teachings.  We have to remember that we are not God and we do not have the power to change anyone, that is the work of the Holy Spirit. Our power comes through prayer and through applying God’s truth to our own lives.

The bible makes this very clear, we are not to conform to the ways of the world. 

3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”.
Important Reminder:  There will be NO Church Service This Coming Sunday, September 5th. We will resume our regular services September 12th.
Prayers:
  • Jessica Ardonne Schmidt, Jessica is Bonni’s niece. She is in her 30’s and has been in the hospital in Texas for three weeks with COVID. We are asking for God’s mercy, healing, His peace and wisdom.
  • Wayne Miller, Wayne is my brother-in-law and was with us this past Sunday. He has been diagnosed with cancer. Please lift Wayne to God’s healing powers and for strength, peace, and wisdom.
  • Cindy Gray, Cindy is Mary Knapps Daughter. Cindy’s husband died suddenly and unexpectedly this past week. She has also been diagnosed with Covid. We ask for God’s peace, healing and strength.
  • The people trapped in Afghanistan, Great and mighty God, we lift up all the people who are suffering in Afghanistan. We ask you to open the eyes of all people in leadership positions all over the world to seek peace and to show compassion on the people of Afghanistan.
  • Our Country, Lord you have asked and pleaded with people over and over in the bible to   return to you. You have told us to seek your Kingdom first, and we are to put you above all other priorities. Help us and have mercy on us father. For we are a broken people who need the mercy and the Grace of your son Jesus. Open our eyes to your truth. Dissolve all greed, and selfish ambition and replace it with your wisdom and your love. Equip us God, so that we may be a strong voice for your truth and your power to overcome all evil.
  • Nelleke Weese, Our sweet Nelleke took a terrible spill during a bike ride this past week. She dislocated her shoulder and really got banged up. She is home but because of the dislocation of her shoulder she cannot use one of her arms. Lord, we ask for you hand of healing for Nelleke and also your comforting peace.
  • Keith Sedlacek, we continue to lift Keith to God’s healing grace. He is still in treatment with his lung cancer.
  • Ruth Portell, Ruth and her husband Mike have been part of the PCF family since we have been at Immanuel. Ruth is struggling with a lung issue which the doctors are trying to figure out. Please lift Ruth and Mike during this time of discomfort. Lord we thank you for hearing our prayers for Ruth and Mike, please grant them healing and strength.
  • Jerry Grant, Jerry is John Grant’s brother who is having problems with diabetes. We ask for God’s hand of healing to bless Jerry and comfort him and his family during this season of discomfort and illness.
  • John Grant.  John has been back with us since his heart procedure and we continue to pray for John and Marla for God’s strength, peace, and comfort.
  • Susan Dedmon, Susan is the sister of John Grant. Susan has also been diagnosed with congestive heart failure but is improving. God we continue to ask for your love, peace, mercy, and healing strength for both John, his sister Susan, and their brother Jerry.
  • Missy Geninatti, Missy is Kip and Cindy Goffs daughter,  Missy is pregnant after trying for 6 years!  However at her last checkup they have found some issues that could be dangerous for her and the baby. God we cry out to you in all your mercy to please be with Missy and her baby so that they can both be safe and healthy.  We thank you for all your mercies and trust in you!
  • Richard Berry, Richard has started his treatments for the Lymphoma. Mary has informed me that the cancer is already shrinking!  God we pray for Richards complete healing and we thank you for your peace and strength.
  • John Avedisian, John is a very good friend of mine who lives in Phoenix AZ. I spoke to him this past week and he and his wife Katia are having a rough time. Katia has had both her hips replaced but is having an allergic reaction to some medication. John needs a knee replaced but has been informed that he cannot get the surgery due to cirrhosis of the liver. I ask for God’s healing grace and for His wisdom and peace for John and Katia.
  • Beverly Farm, Please lift the Beverly Farm Caregivers in prayer. They are greatly understaffed and they are working hard with a lot of overtime. They need God’s strength, patience, energy, and peace. Also pray that God will send the right people to fill the many care giver openings and for God’s wisdom and strength for the current management team at the Farm.
  • Rusty Burian, Rusty is having severe nerve pain into his legs from a pinched nerve in his back. We pray for God’s healing grace and strength as he prepares for corrective surgery..
  • Stephanie Powell, the daughter of Mary Knapp. Stephanie is facing an extremely difficult situation with her mentally handicapped 30 year old son who lives with her. He has gotten aggressive and violent and she cannot find a facility to help her. Let’s pray for God to intervene with an answer for her and her son Conner.
  • Michelenne Bounds, one of Bonni’s best friends, is having some serious eye problems due to a degenerative form of arthritis. Please pray for God’s intervention and healing touch.
  • Mary and Leland Knapp, Mary is having trouble with her eyesight and Lee is having some issues with his walking. We ask for God’s mighty hand of healing and love and peace for the both of them.
  • All who are seeking a deeper relationship and deeper understanding of Jesus’ teachings.
  • Courage to be bold for Jesus with our neighbors and family.

No Church this next coming Sunday!