Pastor Connie Barr's Sept. 15 message title at New Bethel United Methodist Church was "Putting God's Temple First" taken from Scripture base Haggai 1:12 and 2:9. This was a lesson about the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple. Haggai stood and wept as he remembered the temple as it was. We wonder if things can ever be the same again as we accept the disappointments in life. Sometimes a loss can bring an even greater desire for improvement. We must remember "our body is God's temple" and we must not neglect our spirituality because Satan is waiting to step in and take over.
The cedar waxwing is a little bird, smaller than a robin but larger than a song sparrow. It's a strikingly colored bird, brown on the head, upper back and breast, yellow on the belly, black on the wings and tail, gray on the rump and white on the under tail coverts. It's black around the eyes, in front of the eyes and on the bill. It has a sharply pointed crest and a yellow band across the end of the tail. Young birds are streaked and much less colorful.
The other evening, I was sitting outside under a tree throwing the ball for the dog and watching the hens graze in front of the barn. This is the evening ritual, else our 1-year old red heeler is a wild man!
Pastor Connie Barr's Sept. 8 message title was "Jesus Said, 'pick up your cross and follow me daily,'" taken from scripture base Mark 15:21. The message was about Simon during the Passover and Pilot who was a people pleaser and sent Jesus to the cross for crucifixion instead of the guilty prisoners. As Christians paint the picture mentally, we will all realize we are the guilty ones in daily living. We need to realize the greatest gift we can give our children is a legacy in love for Jesus Christ. Wednesday, September 11, 2019