Happy Monday, February 19, 2024, church!

Sisters and brothers,

Happy Monday to all! Yesterday we worshipped our wonderful, merciful Savior and thanked Him for giving His life on the cross so we could be forgiven and have the life of God. We looked at Mark 15 about the dark times the early followers of Jesus went through when Jesus was crucified. Even though Jesus had told them He would rise from the grave, they did not comprehend that truth. The political messiah they expected was not the Messiah Jesus had come to be. And so, these early followers went through a time of deepest darkness. We learned how God was helping them come to a fuller and truer faith in Jesus through those darkest of times. In those dark times, God uses the timid and those thought to be weakest. We saw how God humbles those who are proud and strong in those darkest of times. We also saw that though God humbles them, He searches for those He humbles to restore them to Himself. We saw the need to always remember that God moves to help His children trust Him when the darkest of times descend on us.

Remember to keep Mike Skille and Donald Smith in your prayers. Mike is still going through some exceedingly challenging times. Last week was a particularly hard week for him. Donald began chemotherapy treatments last week. His first treatment went well, and the aftereffects so far have not been severe. He will have these treatments weekly for a while. We love you brothers, and we are praying for each of you and your families.

Next Sunday, February 25, 2024, we will have a potluck luncheon after our worship gathering. Bring enough food to feed your family and a little extra for any guests we might have.

We have two Bible studies for adults Sunday mornings at 9:30 and Bible studies for children and youth during this time. Jason is teaching through the book of Revelation and David is teaching in John. Deanna, Grace, and MaryAnn are teaching our children about the life of Jesus from near His death on the cross through His resurrection. There is something wonderful about studying God’s Word together. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities if you are able.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. None of us know fully the burdens our brothers and sisters in Christ might be carrying.

Love being your pastor!

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church