November Memory Verse: Memory Verse: Matthew 25:38-40
38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
The United States and Mexico has had a fatal fall with two deadly hurricanes, a deathly earthquake in Mexico, the awful shooting and deaths in Las Vegas and the fires throughout our western ending with the deadly fires in northern California. Plus, all of us are going through our persona difficulties and tragedies in our daily lives. Can it get any worse? It seems like the end times could be just around the corner. We reader and disciples of God’s precious Word, the Bible, the signs are there which we read about in the Gospel of Matthew chapters 24, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning if the birth pains.” Birth pains for what? The birth of our eternal life. Just like the Apostles Paul desire to be in heaven which is far better than to be on this earth of sin, he knew he needed to stay for us! We, too, have spoken to each other for the desire to be with Jesus in Heaven but we, too, know it’s better for us to stay on earth for our family, friends and those our paths will soon cross who need to hear the hope we have in Jesus. For the last 3 Sundays in November, we will be studying and learning from Matthew chapter 25 to put together our Spiritual Disaster Response Plan which will be filled with supplies, skills and action plan to help others when the next disaster hit us, our neighbors and our community.
Caring through Christ, Pastor Tim Blau