- OTH posted an announcement
- Please remember Kelly Elliott, in your prayers. She is a friend of Beth and Gary Cross. She has Covid and Shingles. Doctors do not think she will make it thru the night. She is not a Christian, but her husband is. Please pray she will accept Jesus as her Savior and Lord and that He will heal her body.
Here we are right smack dab in the middle of the crazy season. Yep, it just snuck up on us like a prowling tiger. We have this wonderful holiday we call Thanksgiving where we, hopefully, will be with family and celebrate all our blessings. If you live in the United States of America, even as insane as it is getting around here, it is still the greatest nation to ever exist and that alone should cause us to be thankful.
It truly is a wonderful time to just stop and reflect upon the blessings of this life. But then the next day it happens. People rush out to celebrate peace and good will to all men by trampling on one another. All of this to get a deal on some electronic device that will stop working in about a year or at the very least be obsolete. We must get the house decorated and cookies made. It’s great! Okay, I’ll try to lay off the sarcasm for just a minute. Is it just me or do the holidays just wear us out? Thankfully around the end of January things seem to slow down, usually because it’s too cold to do anything anyway.
Life in general can wear us out. It can be overwhelming between work, kids, grandkids, ministry, chores, etc. Where do you go for rest? Many go on vacation and try to get away for a week or so. The problem is that we must come home at some point and life is always there waiting for us. What can a person do? Let me tell you what Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” I think we all understand that what the Lord is speaking of goes beyond rest from the daily grind of living life. NO, Jesus is speaking of the grind of trying to be right with the Father in our own strength; striving to please God which is totally impossible in the first place.
When we finally get done striving to be good people, to do good deeds, to try and make God love us, Jesus says STOP! Just come to Him, trust Him, for He is the only one that can give us true rest.
Oh sure, life will still get crazy. There will probably always be rushing around trying to get everything on our “to do list” done, but we can scratch trying to please God off the list.
As we draw closer to the wonderful days of celebrating Jesus may I challenge you with going to Him for the rest that you need. You have my permission to stop and breathe in the grace of your salvation, to stop and just be in Christ. There you will find rest for your very busy soul. Please, don’t let the demands of this world steal from you the joy of resting in Christ. Maybe we can rediscover the joy of the holidays and the whole reason we celebrate them in the first place.
- There will be a Celebration of Life in honor of Richard Dimpfl on Wednesday, December 8 at 2:00 pm
Please pray.Please pray for the family of Tom and Cynthia Blanton. Cynthia is the cousin of Renae Burkett. Tom and Cynthia's grandchildren were in a wreck on their way to school. Both have been lifelined to the hospital.
Please pray.Please pray for Becky and Bob Humes. Becky has the COVID even after having the vaccine and Bob isnt feeling well. Please pray for our diseased friends.
Please pray.Please pray for Carol and Ed Bergen. Carol is Terrie Dimpfl's sister and is recovering from knee surgery. Ed just needs lifted up in prayer. Also, pray for Terrie who is helping with both of them. Thanks, Nara Manor
Do You Smell?
Oh, the wonderful days of pre-teen life. The days when the body and attitudes begin to change and not always for the best. Then the day comes when your parents look at you, and in a nice way, tell you that you stink, and you need to start wearing deodorant. It is from that day forward that we are forever linked to a stick or can of spray just so people can stand to be near us.
Did you know that as followers of Jesus we are called to smell? For some of us that is great news because we have it covered well. In II Corinthians 2:12 Paul begins to write about the wonderful opportunity he had to preach the gospel in Troas. He writes it like this in verse 14, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” Paul likens the opportunity to spread the gospel to a sweet aroma. Then Paul throws out a challenge to all who would call themselves followers of Jesus Christ. In verse 15, “For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” There it is-the call to smell. Okay, maybe Paul is speaking of something different here. Have you ever walked into a place that sells candles or perfume? When you walk in the door the smell immediately grabs your attention. Now for some it is a pleasant experience. There are those smells that remind us of the joy of the holidays, baked cookies, or evergreen. The smell transports us to a place or time that brings good memories.
As followers of Jesus that is exactly what our lives are called to do. For the fellow believer our fellowship reminds them of wonderful promises of God, the power of sweet fellowship, and the power of salvation. On the other hand, our lives do the exact opposite to those who are lost. Our lives remind them that there is something missing in their own lives. The aroma of our faith should speak very loud and clear that they are missing out on the greatest gift ever given, eternal life. It reminds them the grave still has power over them.
Let me ask the question. Do you smell? Do we have such an aroma other believers want to be with and around us? Does the way we live remind the lost that there is a Jesus that loves them and wants a relationship with them? Let us put on the cologne of Jesus. The sweet aroma for those of us who are saved and a reminder to the lost of their need of a Savior.
Until we see each other again, I’ll smell ya later.
- Please pray for David Gaultney. Ambulance has been called is the only information available at this time. Thank you Janet Stanley ( David's sister)
- Services for Mike Morgan are this Friday Nov. 12. Calling hours are 11-2, with the service following at 2. All services will be at Union Chapel, 6238 N. 375 W. Bryant, Indiana.