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Spring Cleaning

One of my favorite movies is ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ a factual movie of the Jews life and tradition in the year 1905 located in the Ukrainian village of Anatevka.  It was released in 1971 but I did not see it until 1980 on a VCR tape.  It has appealed to me because of the simplicity of life, yet the complexity of living it!  There are many scenes that grip my heart and I suppose that is the reason I have watched it so many times.  One of those scenes has Motel the tailor with his family loaded up leaving their home because of persecution asking the question: ‘Wouldn’t this be a good time for Messiah to come?’

Another other scene I have always marveled at is Golda, Tevye’s wife cleaning and sweeping the empty house that they had stolen from them by the Russian government.  The family is waiting for her to finish and she would not leave until the house was in order.

According to Exodus this scene has validity: Exodus 12:19   ‘Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.’ Although they were leaving Egypt forever, God commanded that their houses be clean of any leaven!  That is anything that would grow on its own.  Any sort of moisture with dirt can actually produce mold or mildew which is a form of leaven.  The people of Israel were commanded to remove any sort of leaven from their homes before the Passover.

This is where we get the idea of spring cleaning: We should always keep our home clean of anything that shouldn’t be there, but once a year, in the spring, when the light is better and we take a fresh look at where we live, we should pay special attention to those hidden places that seem to grow things…hence spring cleaning!  I found a great web page with some thought provoking pictures and a short video on how to clean out your dryer vent here: http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/household-items-never-clean-but-should/  Just copy and paste this in your browser and you will get some really good tips on spring cleaning!

Speaking of which: Saturday from 9:00 am to noon we will engage in some spring cleaning around the church and hope you will look in Todd’s article at the places you can help, bring your tools of expertise and come help us this Saturday!  It is God’s House….yet we get to use it, why not come help clean it up with us?

Bro. Wayne

 

The Beauty of Life in its Seasons

Fall is finally here and well received! These days of cool weather give hope for a break from summer and a picture of things to come! Fall has to be my favorite time of the year because all the failures of my gardening and landscaping talents are now of no importance as the beauty of fall takes our eyes from the ground to the sky! The leaves are withering and will soon be showing color and the pecans will be opening for a fall harvest! Yes, I can now stop thinking of weeding and tilling and sowing and begin to think of the beauty of fall!
You know seasons are here for a purpose: Genesis 8:22While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.’ God put this in His Word for the purpose of reminding us that He is in control of the weather and if the weather then the world and if the world…. our lives!
Our Lord Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of His day for understanding the signs of weather and seasonal changes but for not knowing the signs of the times…
Matthew 16:1-3 ‘The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, ‘When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?’ From this I can discern that God is in control of the weather and the times in which I live! The seasons declare our very lives! As babes we are in the spring of life…as we mature into young adults until around forty to fifty we are in the summer or fruitful days of our lives where we are making supply for the latter times of our lives; then we pass into the fall whereby we begin to live on the harvest of our summer days and begin to live on the fruit of our labor. Winter is coming when it is darker and colder and no way to produce anymore fruit; but must live on past accomplishments. Very few can continue on past seventy in their life of production… some can; most cannot!
It is important for us to know where we are in living our life as God has given us seasons to accomplish certain things. I think I now fully understand what Jesus meant when He said to His disciples: John 9:4I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
There is a morning, noon and evening of our lives as well. There is much work God intends for us to accomplish before the time passes away: Ephesians 2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
It is a good time to re – evaluate your life and set priorities that only you can set.
We are exhorted in Isaiah 55:6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:It is time to do that!
And that is the bottom line.
See you soon….Bro. Wayne

Spring Cleaning and Revival!

Yes indeed it is spring!  Not only on the calendar but also in the air as severe thunderstorms are being forecast for the middle of the week; I am ready!  With spring time comes ideas of cleaning and repair not only around the Ponderosa but also around the church.  It is not unusual for me to wake up this time of the year thinking of things that need to be done…I’m just glad Carolyn either doesn’t think of them or just doesn’t prod me to do them…I come up with enough work to do on my own!

Which brings me to this Saturday, April 5 and our regular scheduled Men’s prayer breakfast.  This Saturday our Deacons will meet at our regular time of 7:00 a.m. then at 8:00 when we normally eat, I am asking you to come for some work around the place until 11:00 when we will eat breakfast together, Pray and then go home.

HERE IS THE WORK TO BE DONE:

Put a new metal roof on the storage shed and repair the outside.

Repair metal roof on Parsonage

Sheetrock repair and replace door

Lawn work

Clean out attic

Replace light fixtures and bulbs

Caulking inside and outside

Touch up painting

If you have any talent {or just plain willingness to help} in any of these areas, bring your tools with a willing heart and we will put you to work!

And our kitchen crew led by Bro. Gary Jones will begin cooking at around 8:30 which gives them a break from being at the church at their regular time of 6:00 a.m. Personally I think a late breakfast after a morning of work will be a very acceptable change of pace for us all!

Revival begins the next morning, Sunday April 6.  I hope you are praying with me for a great movement of God in our midst as these men of God I have scheduled to bring us a message straight from God’s throne will give you opportunity to hear God’s unsearchable truth.

What a Savior we serve!

I serve a risen Savior; He’s in the world today;

I know that He is living; Whatever men may say.

I know that He is leading; Through all the stormy blast;

The Day of His appearing; Will come at last!

He lives!  He lives! Christ Jesus lives today; He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way!  He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!  You ask me how I know He lives…..He lives within my heart!

Looking forward to seeing Him Face to Face!  Bro. Wayne