Favorite Verses

1. John 3:16

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

3. Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God...

4. 2nd Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousnes...

5. Matthew 11:28

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."



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From the Pastor's Desk:

“I Do It?”
One of the things I’ve noticed about toddlers is that they like to help out - but only in their way and in Case in point: when my family lived in Princeton, Iowa, I was in front of the sink one day washing dishes when I heard a small voice behind me. “Daddy, I help you clean?” I was delighted, and so I told my little Lizzie (4 years old at the time) to get a chair to stand on so she could help dry. She did. She dried three dishes. “All done,” she proudly declared (we were not even close) and hopped back down to go play. Ah. My DNA is in her. I was still charmed.
And one time when Lizzie and I went down to Princeton’s City Hall to take care of some business, Lizzie seemed eager to jump into civic service. She went right behind the desk and wanted to help AJ (the city clerk at the time) field some phone calls. However, after a minute, she was done - ready to start running other errands (or actually just to start running). I was still charmed.
Lizzie, like most toddlers, was eager to grow up and start doing the things she saw the big people doing. Of course, she needed to learn a little more stamina and perseverance. She needed to learn how to stick with a task until it’s done, not just until her mood changed.
To do what is good - to help others even when we don’t feel like it - is one way of charming our heavenly Father. And even though we will never be able to serve perfectly, or even finish the task completely, He is still charmed by our desire to grow up and be like Him.
In the gospels, we’ve read the stories of our Savior ministering to the needy, and reaching out to the lonely. May we have the eagerness sometimes demonstrated by the little ones, and ask: “Daddy - I help? I do it?”
By His Spirit, we can know the joy of helping out and growing up. After all, we are made in God’s image. God’s DNA is in us.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Matthew

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