DEVOTION: Is tasteless food eaten without salt or is there flavor in the white of an egg? I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill. Job 6:7
I picked this verse because it is kind of funny, and it reminds me of the silly things I like to complain about from time to time. Job is so upset at the world, at life, and at God that he shows his disgust at everything even egg whites and other tasteless foods.
I get like that sometimes. We all do. Maybe it's a full moon. Maybe it's just waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Maybe it is that you've been dealt a bad hand at a point in your life and are having a no good, very bad day, week, year, or life.
The good news is that God hears your complaints. He may not always like them or think they are warranted, but he always hears them and answers them. Sometimes he answers by helping you out of a situation, sometimes by restoring you like he did with Job, sometimes he directs and guides you to count your blessings, and sometimes he simply tells you to suck it up, get over yourself, and deal with it.
It is alright to complain..... sometimes. But as I always say, some people aren't happy unless they have something to complain about. Instead, of complaining about everything going on in your life and in the world, look to God and to His Son Jesus for help, for love, and for peace! Count your eternal blessing that is Jesus Christ. Stop looking to the world to satisfy your desires, wants, and needs. If you don't stop it you will always have something to complain about. If you live in Christ and trust in Him for your satisfaction and peace all the things you have to complain about will seem silly and trite.
Yes, egg whites are tasteless and yes, there are many problems in this world, but take heart! Christ has overcome the world!
Prayer: Lord God, keep my focus and my thoughts on you and your Son, Jesus today. Amen.
________________________________________________________________________________________________ YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Who was Eliphaz? one of Job's friends who scolded him __________________________________________________________________________________ TODAY'S QUIZ: Name one of the things that Satan did to Job. __________________________________________________________________________________ CALENDAR: Tues- Quilters 9-2; Bible Study 11:30-12:15; Praise band practice 6pm; Trustees meeting 7pm Wed- Board of Outreach and Evangelism meeting 10am; Choir practice 7pm Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; Bible Study 4; Worship 5 Sun- worship 8:30; Bible Study and Sunday school 9:45; worship 11; Elder's meeting noon __________________________________________________________________________________________________ WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS WEEK Acolytes- 8:30- Cara Klaustermeier 11- Isabella Linstruth Altar guild- Set up- Lucille Luebke; Clean Up-- Joanne Hachtel Greeters- 8:30- Erv Yoder; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch Communion Assistants- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Dave Winter Lay Readers- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- Allan Dreyer; 11am- ????? 8:30 Ushers- Allan Dreyer, Lew Feldkamp, Kent Jacobsmeyer, Paul Klover Projectors- Sat- Pam Bueltmann; 8:30- Terry McKenzie; 11- Oliver Landwehr Pianists/organists Sat- Kathy Barrow; Sun- Melissa Pedersen 11am--- ???? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ NEWS: THANK YOU We raised $552 this past weekend to keep afamily from being evicted. Praise the Lord!
Below is a THANK YOU from the family we helped:
Dear Pastor and members of St. John's congregation, I just wanted to take the the time to say thank you for the bottom of my heart, words can not express how much I appreciate the gratitude I feel. I fell upon some tough times financially and was on the verge of being evicted with my children from my home. I felt helpless and desperate not to mention very scared.
I called the church to see if Pastor knew of any resources that I could turn to, he offered to have a door offering to help save my family.
I greatly appreciate all the help that I received! You helped to keep my family and me from being evicted. Again thank you so much for being so helpful and so caring.
___________________________________________________________________ CHURCH PICNIC WAS SPECTACULAR!!!! A big thank you to our board of outreach and evangelism (Marv and Molly Hendershot, Kathy and Randy Fischer, and Erv Yoder for planning and preparation! To Kelsey for getting the inflatables, to preschool from the slip and slide, to Steve McDowell and Brent Davis for their grilling skills, to all who stayed to help clean up, and to all who brought food!
Most especially all thanks and praise to God for giving us such a beautiful day and a heart for fellowship and for reaching out to our community! _______________________________________________________________________________________
PRAISE BAND WAS WONDERFUL YESTERDAY!!
They will be playing the first Sunday of every month!! If you'd like to join them with your own abilities they'd love to have you! They can always use more guitar players and drummers, and singers! They could really use a keyboard player and a more experienced drummer.
Kelsey updates our website weekly! Check it out!! www.stjohnwarrenton.org _________________________________________________________________
FROM YOUR QUILTERS!!! MEN ARE WELCOME TOO!! I have a person interested in learning to quilt in the evening. Are there any more ladies that work and would be interested in setting up an evening? Also any experienced quilter that might want to work with us as an instructor helper. Please contact Pam Bueltmann 636 745 2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lets keep this wonderful old craft going for future generations. Thanks, Pam Bueltmann
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