Dear Brothers and Sisters in Messiah,
I do think this is the earliest that the snow has been gone since we moved up here. We also got the least amount of snow. It is interesting to see the difference in the years. Now it is raining a lot along with lots of fog; very beautiful! It is exciting to see many of the plants coming up in front of the church along with the tulips and daffodils on the side. Hope we don’t have a cold spell that messes that up.
Got word this week that Leslie’s Aunt Ginni passed away. We will be heading down to Kansas for the funeral later this week. Was a bit of a scramble to get everything covered in our absence. Very thankful for everyone who is helping out! I wonder if we will get to see some actual green leaves when we are there.
Because of our absence, the ladies will be finishing up their study of Revelation this week with a flying overview of the rest of the book. It has been a very good study for them, and exciting to see their enthusiasm for God’s word increase. It is also interesting as several of them shared the connections between the book of Revelation and the book of Genesis that we are studying in Sunday School. So amazing how God put the whole book and plan together from the beginning to the end. This also means that the kid’s choir will not be practicing next Monday. They will be having an extra rehearsal on Saturday, April 24 at 10:30AM to prepare for their concert on Sunday April 25 at 6:00PM. Everyone is invited to come here them that evening!
The beginning of chapter 2 in Ephesians says we are all dead in our sin, everyone of us, without exception. We are all spiritually dead. It is the way we all lived, the way we all walked. We were all children of wrath, deserving of God’s wrath. Pretty sad and bleak picture. And then we come to verse 4…even just the first two words…but God… But God who is rich in mercy. But God who has great love. Verse 19 in chapter 1 talks about God’s great power toward us who believe. That same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to all who will repent and trust in Jesus’ sacrifice for them. By God’s great power, forgiveness is offered to all who will believe in Jesus. How amazing is God’s great plan of salvation!
By God’s Amazing Grace,
Pastor Kevin Hausman