Ring At The Bottom

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Greetings In The Name of the Lord:

John 2:11 (NLT)
This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

A Persian legend tells us that a certain king needed a faithful servant and had to choose between two candidates for the office. He took both at fixed wages and told them to fill a basket with water from a nearby well, saying that he would come in the evening to inspect their work. After dumping one or two buckets of water into the basket, one of the men said, “What is the good of doing this useless work? As soon as we pour the water in, it runs out the sides.”

The other answered, “But we have our wages, haven’t we? The use is the master’s business, not ours.”

“I’m not going to do such fool’s work,” replied the complainer. Throwing down his bucket, he went away.

The other man continued until he had drained the well. Looking down into it, he saw something shining at the bottom that proved to be a diamond ring. “Now I see the use of pouring water into the basket!” he exclaimed. “If the bucket had brought up the ring before the well was dry, it would have been found in the basket. Our work was not useless.”

When God’s blessing does not fully coincide with your expectations, remember to wait until the well is dry. There may be something precious at the bottom. Expect a miracle and believe!

In Christ,
Pastor Mark

Give Them Salt

Mark Office

Greetings In The Name of the Lord:

Matthew 5:13-16 (NLT)
13  “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14  “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
15  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Howard Hendricks, a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, sometimes talked about his days when he was a student at the same seminary. In one of those stories, he tells about the time he was invited to preach in west Texas. “You’ve all heard of Nowhere? Well,” Hendricks says, “this was 25 miles beyond that.” The teeming crowds were gathering — all 17 of them, but Hendricks preached with all the fervor and passion of his heart. When he got through, a tall Texan came up to him and said, “You were wrong.”

“Well, sir,” Hendricks said. “I’ve been wrong on many occasions. Give me the information.” The Texan replied, “In your sermon you made a moronic statement. You said you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. And that ain’t true, ’cause you can feed him salt.”

How do we feed people salt? According to Jesus we feed people salt by what we do and what we say. The book of Revelation says, “They overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony” (Rev. 12:11). However, if our testimony is blemished because of something we did our said it loses its power and effectiveness. How salty is your life in front of others?

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

The Lamb

Mark Office

Greetings In The Name of the Lord:

John 1:29-31 (NLT)
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ 31 I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”

Found this little poem this week that I thought was very profound. So I wanted to share it with you.

“Mary had a little Lamb, His fleece was white as snow. And everywhere that Mary went, The Lamb was sure to go. He followed her to school each day, When it wasn’t against the rules. He made the children laugh and play, To have a Lamb at school. Then the rules were changed one day, Against the law it became. To bring the Lamb of God to school, Or even speak His Name. Every day got worse and worse, And days turned into years. ’Stead of hearing children laugh and play, You heard them crying tears. What must we do to stop the crime, That’s in our schools today? Let the Lamb come back to school, And teach our kids to pray.”

Have a blessed week!

In Christ,
Pastor Mark