Grace and mercy from our Lord Jesus Christ:
A friend of mine from seminary wrote the following words. I thought he put just right, so I am sharing them with you:

“When Jesus called his first disciples, he didn’t say, “Follow me, and I will make you really good people.” He said, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people” (Matthew 4:19). We’ve tended to collapse discipleship into right action: sharing our resources, promoting nonviolence, practicing creation care. Yes to all that. But discipleship is first of all right relationship. The Spirit invites and enables us to turn from sin and follow after the living Christ, who reconciles us to God, other people and the world. As we go, we invite others to join us (Matthew 28:19-20). Evangelism isn’t an afterthought. It’s inherent to being disciples.” Aaron Kaufman

The sermon for this Sunday will be on Mark 10:13-16. What does it mean to you that Jesus said “you must be like these little children to enter the kingdom.” I do not think Jesus was talking about the cuteness factor, my friends. He was talking about being vulnerable and weak, and allowing God to use us to reach and serve others even as little children in God’s kingdom. Come to the Sunday service at 9:30 am to learn more about what God is doing in this world.
“God does not ask us to do the things that are naturally easy for us–He asks us to do the things that we are fit to do through His grace.” – Oswald Chambers

From the pen of Francis Frangipane: “Of all sins, pride is the most lethal, for it guards and protects all our other vices. Pride is the armor of hell.” My prayer this week has been, Lord, let my pride die.