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Friday, March 30, 2012

Community-Wide Good Friday Service

Pastors from several area churches along with leaders from service ministries and the community will join together in a community-wide Good Friday service. The gathering is scheduled for Friday, April 6, 2012 at noon.

The annual event recalls the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The public is invited to take part in this special service. It will include readings from the Bible describing what Jesus went through in the hours leading up to his death on a cross and his burial in a nearby tomb.

Christians believe that Jesus died to pay the debt we owed for having sinned against God. The sinless Son of God died in our place and offers the gift of salvation to all who believe in his substitutionary sacrifice. By faith in Christ Jesus; trusting in his sacrifice for sin, we receive the gift of new life in Christ. So, the death of Jesus was good for us even though it was an unbelievably torturous for Jesus.

In addition to the Bible readings, there will be a combination of contemporary and traditional music from soloists and groups as well as songs that the entire gathering will sing together. It will be held at First United Methodist Church building located at 201 N. Meridian Street in Brazil. Holding the gathering at noon allows many who live near or are employed near Brazil to use their lunch break to attend.

Join the entire community at noon on Friday, April 6, to remember the most powerful expression of love the world has ever known.

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church

Worship hour is 9-10 a.m., with Pastor Randy Dragan.

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church is located five miles east of State Road 59 on Billville Rd., Brazil. Everyone is welcome.

Final food pantry will be today, 8 a.m. - noon. Limited selection of items available. No meat.

Carbon United Methodist Church

It was good to have our pastor, Greg Puttman, back in the pulpit Sunday. It was great to have the pastors in this cluster exchange places, but we were happy to have him back.

We have been having the restrooms completely redone this past week or so, and they really look nice. They have new ceilings, new tile on the floors, new handicap toilets, new paint on the walls and handicap grab bars. My husband would be so happy because he really struggled with the old bathroom. Lynn Walton and Glenn Elliot have been doing the work. They do an excellent job on anything they work on. We were quite happy to learn that they could fit us into their work schedule.

I saw a church bulletin board that really impressed me. It said, "Lent is Spring Training for Christians." That is exactly what it is. We are preparing for the big year ahead starting with Easter. This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. On Thursday, there will be a joint Maundy Thursday Service at the Carbon Church of the Nazarene at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday commemorates the evening that Jesus and his twelve disciples gathered for the Passover Supper, which we Christians call either the Lord's Supper or the Last Supper. Later that same evening is when Jesus was arrested and tried and condemned to die on the cross the next day, Good Friday. No one expected Him to rise and leave the tomb on Sunday morning, but He did. Death could not hold Him. Thus, we celebrate Easter, our Holiest time of the year!

On Easter, we will have a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m., followed by a breakfast. At 9 a.m., there will be an Easter Symbols hunt for the children along with the story of Easter for them. The Easter Worship Service will start at 9:30 a.m. We hope to see you all there to celebrate this wonderful day.

Harmony/Lena United Methodist Church

This week we will be continuing our lessons from Adam Hamilton's book "24 Hours" and we come to the Crucifixion. When faced with such a horrible situation, Jesus focused not on his own needs, but the needs of others.

Holy Week begins this Sunday with our Palm Sunday Celebration. Thursday at Harmony we will be celebrating a Haggadah Meal for our Maundy Thursday celebration. Reservations are being taken for this event. The community Good Friday service will be held at Brazil First United Methodist Church. Contact Brazil First for more information. Saturday, Harmony UMC will host an egg hunt starting at 10 a.m., while Lena will host an egg hunt at 1 p.m. Sunrise Service will be at Lena again this year starting at 7 a.m., with our regular service times of 9 a.m. Easter Morning at Harmony and 10:45, at Lena for worship service. Come celebrate the Risen Lord with us this Easter season.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Good Morning. This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School all ages; 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship

Children's Church Leaders are Cheryl McKinney and Caitlynn McKinney

5 p.m. AWANA; 7 p.m. Evening Worship

Tuesday at 7 p.m. Choir Practice

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study

Thursday at 9:45 a.m. Ladies Bible Study

Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Easter egg hunt for the children. If raining it will be in the basement.

FROM THE PASTOR

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and our children will open the service with the procession of palm leaves.

This week's message is "Jesus is Superior" Hebrews 8:6 But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.

Next week, April 8 is Easter. We will be having a "Son" Rise service at 7 a.m., followed by a breakfast. Sunday School and morning worship will be at their usual times. We will have no evening service on Easter. The Benwood choir will present a program for us on Easter Sunday.

Take your aluminum cans to Wallace Disposal and tell them to credit the Benwood Mt. Lebanon account. They will send a check to the church that will be used for various mission projects.

AWANA news from Brad: Our annual AWANA Grand Prix was held last Sunday and Trophies were awarded for car design and the racing itself. Here are the award winners:

T-N-T/Teens Design

Jordan McMillan, Robby Ferry, Ruth Neiswinger

Cubbies/Sparks Design

Jamison Fisher, Trey Eldridge, Brooklyn Eldridge

Race Winners

Cubbies: Evelyn Emmert, Kinsey Reyher, Brianna Clifford

Sparks: Mica Jones, Emma Gurley, Silas Emmert

T-N-T: Elias Alexander, Kainen Reyher, Ruth Neiswinger

Teens: Conner Hapenny, Holly Hapenny, Jordan McMillan

Grand Champion - Elias Alexander

FROM PAT: Are you thinking of your question for Pastor Dick? Send it to me by April 7, (pmann228@hotmail.com), and I will print his answer within two weeks.

Question of the week: Aaronwas stripped of his priestly garments in preparation for his death. The answer is in Numbers 20:26.

Looking ahead: Bring your "Memory Garden" Lilies to the church by April 6.

The Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. (Rain or Shine). If it rains we will be in the basement. We need treat-filled eggs for the hunt. You can bring them anytime before the 7th and leave them inside the front door.

May 5, at noon is the Mother and Daughter lunch will be provided. June 18-22 are the dates for Vacation Bible School. June 24-28 are the dates for JeKeSa church camp.

We all have friends that post pictures or little "sayings" on Facebook. I recently had one come to me and it was the picture of a church sign board: I want full custody not just weekends, Jesus. Needless to say I posted that again and again.

Daniel 3:17 "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."

We are located two miles north of United States 40 on the Knightsville Rd., or two miles east of State Road 59 on Rio Grand Rd. For more info, call 446-0531.

If you do not have a church home we invite you to come worship with us. We are a non-denominational church that worships God through Jesus Christ. Have a wonderful week! God loves you.

Eastside Christian Church

Tomorrow is Friend Day/Palm Sunday at Eastside Christian Church. We would like to invite anyone reading this who do not regularly attend church anywhere else to come be with us tomorrow morning. Even if you do attend somewhere else, we still want to invite you to come be with us on this one day. We will only have one service, which will be at 10 a.m.

A concert will be presented by the Christian band known as AMAZED. You will not want to miss their testimony through music. A luncheon will immediately follow the service. There will be no Sunday School and no evening service. We look forward to seeing you.

We are keeping all of those on our prayer list in our prayers. We especially want to keep those who have recently lost loved ones in our prayers. We emphasize that praying everyday is a priority in a Christian's life. God likes to hear from us. It is good to hear that Joe Freeman and Alta's sister are doing better. It was also good to see those in service Sunday that had not been with us for awhile. God is good.

There will be a board meeting Thursday evening at 7 p.m. There will be no women's meeting for April. We will have an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m., and a breakfast following. Our other services will be at regular times, but there will not an evening service. God is good!

Brazil First United Methodist Church

Palm Sunday is the beginning of what is known as Holy Week. It is the week leading up to Easter Sunday. On Palm Sunday we remember how Jesus made a grand entrance into Jerusalem. People were shouting expressions of praise and covering the streets with their coats and leafy branches from the surrounding trees. It was like a procession of a champion who had been victorious in competition or battle and was returning to celebrate with the community.

Jesus had become well known for his teaching and miracles. Many thought he would become a political leader and they were ready to crown him as their new king. But within days these words of praise and celebration were replaced with angry shouts for his death. The day we call Good Friday commemorates his death on a cross. But the darkness of that day is overcome by the dazzling light of His resurrection on Sunday morning.

The people of Brazil First United Methodist Church invite you to join them for Palm Sunday and Easter worship experiences. The times for each Sunday are 9 a.m. traditional hymn based worship, 10 a.m. Sunday school, and 11 a.m. worship using contemporary music style. Join us this Palm Sunday as we share in praise and rejoicing for all that God has done in our lives and for all that God has in store for our future. Gather with us next Sunday as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and his life-giving power.

The church building is located at 201 N. Meridian Street in Brazil, close to Meridian Elementary School. Child care and classes are offered at each gathering.

First Christian Church

A lot is happening at First Christian Church right now. 100+ individuals are rehearsing, painting, building, sewing and praying for the upcoming presentations of "The Promise." This live musical/drama portrays the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Christ in a powerful and very moving way. The program is based on the musical, "The Promise," by Word Music and was a live stage production in Branson, Mo. for several years. It is now being presented live in an outdoor theater in Glen Rose, Texas.

Jim Stewart plays the part of the host, telling the story of God's faithfulness to man by the fulfillment of His promise in His son, Jesus Christ, who is portrayed by Mitch Chalos. Some of the other key actors include Gary Dellmo as Satan and Todd Swearingen as Peter.

It has been seven years since First Christian Church has presented "The Promise." There is a lot of excitement and anticipation throughout the whole church for this year's production. "The Promise" will be presented Easter Weekend, April 6-7 at 7 p.m., and on Easter Sunday, April 8, at 6 p.m. Childcare will be available for children age 4 and younger. FCC invites the community to come and journey with Christ from the cradle to the cross and ultimately the empty tomb. Come and celebrate the true joy of Easter and take hold of "The Promise" it holds for us all.

Easter Sunday, April 8, morning service times are 8:30 and 10:50 a.m. With Bible Fellowship classes for all ages at 9:40 a.m.

First Christian Church is located at 1875 W. U.S. Hwy. 40, in Brazil. Phone the church office at 446-2214 for more information or check out the church website at fccbrazil.org.

In addition First Christian Church will once again sponsor the 5th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at Forest Park on Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m., for children ages infant-12 years old. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Lots of prizes will be given away.

Peniel United Methodist Church

We extend a hearty welcome to all to join us to celebrate this Easter Season. Communion will be offered to those who wish to partake during church this Sunday. Our Sunday School begins at 9:45 with church services following at 10:45.

The scripture will be from St. Luke 17:11-19.

Pastor Pippin's message is "Faithfully Disobeying Jesus!" His Children's Moment's is "What a Parade?"

The Community Choir will be performing the cantata, "Oh, What a Savior" at Peniel Palm Sunday at 6 p.m. A great opportunity for everyone to enjoy inspirational music and then later have finger foods in the Fellowship Hall.

A busy week at Peniel with the Bible Study/Prayer group meeting at 6 p.m., on April 4, and choir practice following at 7 p.m. There will be Maundy Thursday Service conducted at 7 p.m., on April 5. An annual Easter Egg hunt for the young ones will be held Saturday, April 7, at Bob and Mary Anderson's house at 1 p.m. They have hosted this for many years and are so dedicated to this church -- very special people!

The Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast will be at 6:30 a.m., on Easter Sunday, April 8.

Donations of soups are on the list for the Brazil Food Pantry.

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Here we are at the beginning of one of the most beautiful times of the year, Spring.

The time of year when everything comes back to life after a long winter's nap. God really knows what He is doing and He has a plan for your life if you will just listen to him.

In Jeremiah 29: 11-13 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace; and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken (listen) unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." God knows what he has planned for us, but we don't understand and why?? We don't ask God for the answers instead of asking man. When will we learn to check with our maker for answers to the questions we have in our lives.

Not only ask but then be still and know what the answer is. I know people who don't believe God does not talk to us now like he did in "Bible times" but have you ever been impressed to call someone and they said you were an answer to their prayer? Maybe you did nothing more than to check on them but it was what they needed. Just be open to the calling of the Holy Spirit and then follow that through.

We at Otter Creek Christian Church would like to invite you to our weekly services.

Tuesdays 10 a.m. Ladies Bible Study 12660 E. Grotto Rd

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6299 N. Crow Street

Sunday 10:40 a.m. Worship Service

Contact numbers: Church 446-5300 / Pastor' s cell 812-249-1715 after 4 p.m. weekdays / parsonage 446-4007.

Easter Services-Good Friday Service 7 p.m. with candlelight communion in the basement. Easter Sunday- Sunrise Service 7 a.m. with breakfast to follow in the basement. No Sunday School. Worship Service at 10:40 a.m.

Men's Prayer Breakfast 8 a.m. on April 14.

Terry Hall will be in concert on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. Love offering will be taken. Come and be blessed.

All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose Romans 8:28.

The devil gets too much credit for our troubles, we can not be tempted any further than we allow him. God has given us his promise of protection if we will call upon his name and repent from our wicked ways. Anything that separates us from God is SIN and that makes it wicked for us. What is your besetting sin? Everyone does not have the same one. Think about it.

Pray for those who are in less fortunate circumstances than you are. Pray for your pastor no matter what church you go to. Pray for those who gossip both in and out of your church they are in great need of our prayers and best yet don't repeat the gossip.

God be with you til we have this time together again.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Two weeks from today the town of Center Point and surrounding area will conduct its first semi-annual community yard sale. Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., you will be able to shop for bargains at over 16 different yard/garage sales. Come check it out -- rain or shine. (Hopefully shine!)

If you live in the town of Center Point or in the area 2-3 miles around and would like to participate in these sales call 835-2198 for more information. Each yard/garage sale will be supplied with a map of the location of all the sites, so you will not miss any of them.

You are invited to join us tomorrow morning for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., and worship services at 10:30 a.m.. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and we will hear a message from Dr. Randy Tucker. He will be filling in for Pastor Bob Kumpf this week.

During this Easter season be sure to take advantage of some of the wonderful programs presented in the area. Union UMC, on Airport Road will host Dave Henry playing his harp tomorrow evening. First Christian Church will present "The Promise" next Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. I'm sure there are others that will lift your spirits and bring more meaning to your Easter season.

Be in the Lord's house tomorrow. Be blessed and be a blessing.

First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church of Brazil invites all members of the community to join us for Holy Week services.

After a "moving night" we are now ready to celebrate Palm Sunday in our newly restored Sanctuary. After three months of restoration, the Sanctuary now has an appearance similar to how it appeared when first built in the 1920's.

Palm Sunday will begin with choir practice at 9 a.m., and the adult Bible study class at 9:30 a.m. The lesson for the Sunday School is "People Rejoice as Jesus enters Jerusalem." Mark 11:1-11. The service of Divine Worship will begin with a procession led by the acolytes and crucifer. Palms and special music will highlight the day. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated during this service, which will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The annual Maundy Thursday service will begin at 7 p.m., on Thursday, April 5. A brief Meditation by Rev. Scroggins will discuss the Titanic's last week in contrast to the last week of our Lord's life. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated and the service will conclude with the "stripping of the chancel" as various elements are removed to remind us of the abandonment of Christ in his final hours.

Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation invite all members of the community to join us. For more information, call 446-2415 or visit us at www.brazilpresbyterian.org.

Bee Ridge Church

Look What's Happening at Bee Ridge:

Sunday, April 1 is Palm Sunday. Friday, April 6 is Good Friday. Saturday, April 7 is the Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 8 is Easter Sunday. Sunrise Service begins at 7 a.m. with breakfast to follow. Then our regular worship service at 10:30 a.m.

Revival is April 14-16. Watch for details next week.

Saturday, April 21 ... another Pancake and Sausage breakfast.

Bee Ridge Church is located 1 1/2 miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road. We are the brick church on the top of the hill. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Worship Service and Children's Church begins at 10:30 a.m.

Our church congregation is growing and we welcome new members or visitors anytime. Come join us for worship.

Jeff Bridgewater is our Pastor, and can be reached at 812-241-3036 or e-mail: jeffbwater@yahoo.com. Hope to see you this Sunday.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., with Father Harold Rightor officiating. For information call 448-1901 or e-mail: annunciationchurch@msn.com News or articles for this column should be e-mailed to: boilerfanburk@aim.com Items for this article need to be emailed no later than Wednesday evening.

Mass schedule: Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Tuesday 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday at 9 a.m.

In the Gospel, we again hear from John (12:20-33). John relates to us that Jesus has gained notoriety in Jerusalem. Followers of Jesus usually initiated contact with Him through the Apostles since the Twelve knew Jesus the best. The Apostles were the chosen ones to be the students of the Lord. The Apostles were allowed to act and speak with the authority of Jesus. During this Gospel, Jesus predicts His own death. He further suggests that the Crucifixion will result in life for all that are faithful to Him. Jesus tells His listeners that from the smallest mustard seed new life will grow; even the smallest amount of faith can accomplish great things. Lastly, Jesus tells of having total faith; giving human life for faith. We see in this Gospel the closeness between Jesus and God the Father and also of Jesus with His faithful Disciples. Again, we are reminded, that our faithfulness will light the way to the God we are seeking.

March 30 was the National Prayer and Fasting Day chosen by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. In direct response to the HHS mandate demanding that we perform abortions and sterilization in our hospitals as well as provide contraceptives, the Bishops asked all denominations to join us in a day of prayer against this mandate. Please continue to pray that the current administration will not be able to deny our religious freedom given to us under the Constitution.

Holy Week is a week of Obligation beginning with Palm Sunday and followed by Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Holy Week is also referred to as Passiontide which is observed with great solemnity, especially because Passiontide includes the Triduum, the final three days before Easter. This is the week we visit the Passion of Christ; Jesus dying on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of all mankind and on Easter Sunday rose again to give new life to all that believe. Holy week is filled with sorrow and ends with rejoicing for God's goodness that He sent His 0nly Son to die for our salvation.

Palm Sunday Masses follow an Ordinary Sunday Mass Schedule. No changes are reflected at Annunciation or Holy Rosary Parishes. No CCD classes are scheduled for Easter Sunday. Bingo will not be played at Kennedy Crossing on Sunday.

Crowds leading Him spread cloaks and palm branches across the passage Jesus would ride on His triumphant entrance on a donkey into Jerusalem (to celebrate Passover). His followers shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" The people of Jerusalem did not recognize Jesus. They were told by the faithful, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee." Jesus knew that those questioning Him would be the same ones to crucify Him a mere five days later. And, yet, unafraid, He continued on His journey for all of us. Palm Sunday allows us to commemorate this Gospel and realize the blessings the Lord bestows on us in our daily lives.

Holy Rosary will host a 7 p.m. service on Holy Thursday. This Holy Day reenacts our Lord's Last Supper. Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper by the breaking of bread and drinking of wine with the Apostles on the night He was betrayed and arrested. "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst." (John 6:35)

Good Friday services will be held at 3 p.m. at Annunciation. Good Friday is a most sorrowful day tear filled day in remembrance of the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus. The service is held at 3 p.m. as that is the time it is believed that Jesus died. We will have the veneration of the Cross then a procession will follow to kiss the Cross to show our love, honor and respect for His Sacrifice.

The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday will be at Annunciation beginning at 8 p.m. The Easter Vigil is in anticipation of the expected rising of our Lord according to scripture. Jesus went down into the netherworld to bring with Him those that had passed before His resurrection. The gates leading to Heaven had been closed (since the original sin of Adam) awaiting the resurrection of His Son. With His death on the cross, we received eternal salvation and the gates of Heaven were open once again. Baptism and confirmation of new Catholics will take place on Holy Saturday. This vigil is a joyous occasion.

Easter Sunday Mass at Holy Rosary will be at 10:30 and at Annunciation at 12:30. Rejoice! Rejoice! We celebrate the glorious resurrection of the Lord our Savior!

Immerse yourself in Holy Week. Clear your schedules and surround yourself and family with our faith. Reconnect to being Catholic as a way of life. Fill your minds and hearts with our greatest blessing, eternal salvation. Intensify your relationship with our Lord; it could change your life forever. Be proud to be a Catholic.

Everyone is invited to decorate Annunciation on Good Friday (directly after our service) in anticipation of Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

This Wednesday the Legion of Mary will minister at Exceptional Living with the Rosary and Communion Service at 3 p.m. The Legion of Mary ministry connects the elderly with the Church they have known all of their lives. Pray that this ministry continues to unselfishly share of themselves to our most important parishioners.

The first Aerobics class is April 3 from 6-7 in the Parish Center. The opportunity for this class is brought to us by Dawn Levy at the cost of tips. Join the fun and get in shape for warm weather!! Call the Parish Office for additional information.

A Passion Play will be presented Good Friday at Sacred Heart Clinton, at 7 p.m.

Also on Good Friday at 7 p.m., is "Passion Mime" performed at Sacred Heart Terre Haute. The public is welcome at both events.

Pray for St. Ann, St Joseph -- Universal and our sister Parish, Holy Rosary, that Holy Week provides comfort as they proceed towards the closing of their Parishes.

Pray that we all open our minds and our hearts to hear the Gospel as we have never heard it before during Holy Week. Pray this Easter is the one that provides you with the discipline to be the best version of you possible. Pray that you are proud to be Catholic.

Blessings ~

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened with greetings to all and pointed to the cross mounted at the front and said, "That is what is left for Christians when this life is over." The Bible is being fulfilled daily over this old world.

He led in an opening prayer and turned the service over to Peg Parksey for congregational singing. After the old song, "Stand up for Jesus," Brother Thomas asked for tithes and offerings and then led in the doxology.

While standing with greetings to the neighbors all around, pastor asked for any prayer requests giving an update on some. Included were spoken, unspoken, shut-ins, sick in the hospital, nursing homes and our military in harms way. Brother Thomas praised the Lord and blessed those present.

Pastor Thomas took the platform stating there's nothing we can do to get into heaven except love God with all your heart, mind and your every being. We can't sing good enough, give enough, work hard enough, except to love God. You may please your wife and win praise, but you just cannot love God more than he loves you.

Ephesians 2:5 "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved."

James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James adds to "grace," verse 22, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."

Romans chapter 3 tells us not to think we all have grace, but no flesh is justified by the law, but all without difference, by faith only. You can have faith, but without works just will not get it for you. You may have a good neighbor needing help in some way and you just turn away ignoring that you can do, but didn't. Or someone you couldn't help physically, so you can at least pray for them.

God knows your heart. He knows your thoughts, your actions and reactions. Knowing what you can and cannot do. Faith without works is dead. Our works causes our faith to grow.

The mustard seed like man, needs water, sunshine, nurtured we will grow. God is still working, if you but have that faith work at it hard enough, long enough. By faith and grace we'll measure up. Still he loves us even though we come up short. He loves you because you are you.

Don't be afraid of messing up once in awhile, He still loves you. When we are weak, we are strong, because he loves you no matter.

Closing the service with song, "Lord, I'm coming home." Brother Thomas and wife, Beverly, invite you to visit us at 21 W. Pinckley.

Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. and Evening Service at 6 p.m. Ladies Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.



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