Trees

Posted September 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

By PASTOR MICHAEL T. GJEFLE

Faith Independent Baptist Church, Ontario

Jeremiah 17:7-8 — “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when the heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”

The one who trusts and hopes in the Lord is like a tree that is near its water source and continues through the seasons and all kinds of weather, especially summer and dry weather.

The trees lately are just

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    Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?

    By PASTOR STEVE NEUMAN

    St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kendall

    St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, South Ridge (rural Ontario)

    Although raised in a Christian home, C.S. Lewis became an atheist at the age of 15. Years later he was brought back to faith in Jesus and went on to be one of the most influential Christian writers of his day. In his book “Mere Christianity,” he made the following observation about

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    National Back to Church Sunday is this week

    Contributed by PASTOR STEVE NEUMAN

    St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, South Ridge

    St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kendall

    “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

    The third Sunday in September every year is considered National Back to Church Sunday. Whether you have been separated from church for a week, a month, a year, or a lifetime, now is your opportunity to become reconnected.

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    Community supper slated for Sept. 24 in Elroy

    A free community supper will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Elroy United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 125 Royall Ave.

    This community supper is offered on the last Wednesday of each month and, according to event organizers, “gives individuals and families a chance to share a meal and build relationships within the community.”

    The Millards Prairie HCE Club will assist with this meal.

    The public is invited.

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    Don’t be a tattletale

    By PASTOR STEVE NEUMAN

    St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Kendall

    St. Matthew’s Ev. Lutheran Church, South Ridge (rural Ontario)

    “Mom, he hit me!” “Dad, she’s doing it again!” Do these words sound familiar? Have you ever noticed how you don’t need to teach a child to be a tattletale? It just comes naturally!

    Why is that? Is it because the child is looking out for

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    Wisdom — Might — Riches

    By MICHAEL T. GJEFLE 

    Faith Independent Baptist Church, Ontario

    Jeremiah 9:23,24 — “This saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercises loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”

    Human wisdom, might and wealth

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    Super Saturday

    Paul Gerber of Ontario takes part in a cookout during Super Saturday Explosion, an event hosted by Grace Community Church on Aug. 16. Designed for elementary students, the program consisted of music, crafts, games, snacks and Bible stories.

    A thought about sacrifice

    By MICHAEL T. GJEFLE

    Faith Independent Baptist Church, Ontario

    A pig and a hen were strolling quietly down the street when, at a luncheon, they saw a sign announcing “delicious ham and eggs.”

    “Isn’t it grand,” said the hen, “that together we can give human beings something that delights them?”

    The pig frowned. “Yes,” he said. “But your giving requires only a contribution; for me, giving is

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    St. John’s Bible school starts Aug. 4

    Contributed by St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kendall

    It’s time for Vacation Bible School! Each evening next week (Aug. 4-8), St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kendall will host VBS for those of all ages.

    Members, friends, neighbors, and the public all are invited to join in. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., there will be youth and adult classes engaging in God’s Word, along with snacks, music and crafts. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, a special family-night program will be held to

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    Before you criticize …

    By PASTOR STEVE NEUMAN

    St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kendall

    St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, South Ridge (rural Ontario)

    Does it ever happen when you are reading something that a phrase, a sentence, or even a paragraph just seems to jump off the page at you? It forces you to stop and reread the section. Maybe you don’t get much further in your reading that day because you are so focused on that statement.

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