Happy Monday, May 13, 2024, church!

Sisters and brothers,

Happy Monday to all and happy belated Mothers’ Day to all moms! Yesterday, we worshiped and lifted up the name of Jesus. There is no other Name by which we must be saved. We desired in worship to more fully “Behold Our God,” https://youtu.be/Gqrli3Lkf58. We then looked at 1 Corinthians 4 and thought about renouncing our pride and walking in humility before God and others. As we looked at

1 Corinthians 4, we saw some questions we needed to ask ourselves. Are we seeing life and this world from God’s perspective as it really is? Do we have a proud and elevated view of ourselves instead of realizing we are simply servants of God seeking to help others follow Jesus? Are we helping others see that following Jesus often means suffering for the truth of Jesus because we follow the One who suffered for us? Are we willing to love people enough to tell them the truth rather than reinforce their wrong and destructive views of life? Believers are called to renounce self-centered pride and seek to walk in complete humility with our great and awesome God.

During the weeks between Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day, we are passing out baby bottles for us to collect offerings for the CareNet Pregnancy Center of Dane County. CareNet does wonderful work of saving lives and helping women and families. Take a bottle and fill it with an offering to be returned on Fathers’ Day.

We are a part of the CarePortal network which seeks to minister to children and families in the foster care system. We need responders who can be a part of receiving email requests from CarePortal so we can effectively process these requests. If you would like to know more about being a CarePortal responder, let me know and I can pass your name and email to Alicia. Alicia can then send you a link to a video explaining more about the work of responders.

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