• Please pray.

    Just wanted to share a prayer request for a good friend of ours (Steve and Christy Maldoff) daughter Emily.  Emily has been dealing with a growing non-cancerous tumor in her brain for several years. Tomorrow, Wednesday 5/25, she will be having it removed by three brain surgeons. The surgery may result in her loss of smell, but other than that the doctors prognosis for the surgery is good. She will spend 3-4 days in ICU, and then up to 10 days in the hospital. Emily just finished her sophomore year in college and should be able to return for her Junior year in the fall.  Thank you for your prayers!
    1. "Strength lies in differences, not in similarities." - Stephen Covey
      1. Who is Jesus? Jesus Christ is an advocate for us!  Jesus Christ was willing to die for us so that we might live.   When we mess up, make mistakes, and sin, Jesus stands in our defense before God the Father.   – 1 John 2:1-2  Jesus prayerfully intercedes on behalf of all who love and follow Him -  John 17:6-26 -  Romans 8:34 Jesus Christ is the one-and-only gateway to Heaven. Any other gate is the wrong gate.
        1. Special announcement! Brittany had her baby yesterday! Josiah Maarten was born Sunday, May 22, at 3:08pm. He weighed in 8lbs 2oz. Both mom and baby are doing great! They were able to come home last night at 6pm. Congratulations Jaap & Brittany! We all are holding your family up in prayer!
          1. Exciting, congratulations Brittany and Jaap!
          2. Oops! My bad! I gave Amy the wrong time he was born. They got to the birthing center at 3:08pm and he was born at 3:25pm.
          3. Congratulations to this precious family!!
        2. "It is better to ask some questions than to know all the answers." - James Thurber
          1. Who is Jesus? Jesus is our Helper -  Hebrews 13:6 – “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.” -  Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” -  Psalm 28:7 – “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.” -  Psalm 33:20 – “We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.” -  Psalm 40:17 -  Psalm 54:4 – “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” -  Psalm 63:7 -  Psalm 70:5 -  Psalm 115:11 -  Psalm 118:6-7 – “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. … The LORD is with me; He is my helper.” -  Psalm 121:1-2 – “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” -  Psalm 124:8 – “Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” -  Isaiah 41:10 – “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -  Isaiah 41:13 – “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” -  Isaiah 50:9 – “It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me.  Who is he that will condemn me?” Jesus Christ is the one-and-only gateway to Heaven. Any other gate is the wrong gate.
            1. "The mind grows by taking in, but the heart grows by giving out." - Warren Wiersbe
              1. Who is Jesus? Jesus is our Provider Jesus is the one who meets our every need.  –  Philippians 4:19 -  Psalm 107:8-9 Jesus Christ is the one-and-only gateway to Heaven. Any other gate is the wrong gate.
                1. "Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you." - Dr. Wil Rose