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“The First Work”
The Gospel of John: Part 4—John 2:1-11
1. Jesus performed His first _______ at a marriage he was invited to in __________.
2. The Bible record makes it very clear that Jesus did not perform miracles in Egypt or as a boy, but that His _______ miracle was at Cana in Galilee.
3. One very interesting thing is that John carefully gives us the __________ and _______—the chronological sequence and the geography.
4. We can notice that “the mother of Jesus” is never called ___________ in the Gospel of John.
5. Christ began His earthly ministry with a __________ and He will conclude it, as far as the Church is concerned with a ___________ in Heaven.
6. At the Marriage Supper of the Lamb the _______ will be presented to Jesus as a ________.
7. Here at the wedding in Cana, Mary is asking Jesus to do something that will demonstrate who He is to ________ her _________. He tells her that He is going to do just that—He will _____ her ________—but that hour has not yet come.
8. His hour did come—His __________ proves who He is and also proves the ______ _____ that His mother was telling the truth all these 33 years, that He is the ______ of ________.
9. John 2:5 “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever He tells you.’”—Some very good _____________.
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FAMILY, FOOD, AND FELLOWSHIP
On 6/25 the Church Leadership Team met for Food and Fellowship.
Attending are: Pastor Bill, Kathy and Scott…
… also attending are: Shirley, Todd, Adriana, missing, due to a heavy 16 hour work schedule, is Bobby.
The Food was good and the Fellowship was Fine!
Todd, Adriana, Gavin, Shirley & Scott, enjoying the food, along with some interesting conversation.
Please keep us in your prayers.
Responding to Disappointment, (a good read)
To find examples of wise, godly reactions to disappointment, you’re more likely to turn to Psalms than to Matthew. But the very first chapter in the New Testament tells the story of an upright man’s reaction to painful and disheartening news.
Joseph—Jesus’ earthly father—was a righteous person. A godly man wants a wife who shares his desire to honor and obey the Lord, and Scripture indicates that Mary was exactly that sort of woman. So imagine how stunned Joseph must have been when Mary returned from a long visit with her relative Elizabeth and told him that she was pregnant. Moreover, she was claiming no man had touched her.
Any way Joseph looked at the situation, it appeared grim. And yet Matthew 1:20 says that he “considered”—in other words, he sought a wise, righteous response. God entered Joseph’s life in a dramatic way to confirm Mary’s story and put a stop to his “quiet annulment” plans.
The Lord turned Joseph’s mourning into joy. Mary had told the truth—strange and startling as it was. The couple would bear the intense public censure of an early pregnancy, but Joseph stopped thinking about what others would say. God had blessed work for him: to raise the Messiah alongside a faithful woman.
Followers of Christ should seek a godly response to disappointments they face. Since the Lord always has a plan, the wisest reaction is to anticipate the good He can do and await His timing. God certainly blessed Joseph for his willingness to “seek first His kingdom” (Matt. 6:33).
God always provides exactly what we need.
THE MINISTRY TRIP CONTINUES…
As we continued on our way, we cross over the Mississippi River into Tennessee, as the storm also continues ragging on.
Heading toward Kentucky, the rain continued to fall. Looking out the windows we realized what we were missing. The countryside was beautiful, the only problem, we couldn’t fully see the beauty because of the pouring rain.
As we continued North getting closer to Henderson, KY, the rain started to lighten up. Perhaps a better day, tomorrow.
We spent the night in a Motel in Henderson.
Praise the Lord, getting up the next morning we did find clear skies.
We took note of the corn as we drove past. It looked pretty good, but rather small compared to Arizona’s 10’ foot tall corn.
Kentucky Corn Arizona Corn
Arizona Corn (about 10’) Kentucky Corn (about 12”)
We headed out to visit with friends in Fordsville, KY. It was plain to see that we were in Amish Country, NOTE: the horse carriage in the yard.
We continued out to Sugar Grove Baptist Church in Fordsville, KY, in time to have a short, but nice visit with our friends, Pastor Eddie Calloway (who has pastored this church for more than 30 years), his wife and daughter.
Pastor Calloway, a true “HERO”, This warrior served our country side by side with me in the US Navy, serving together on board the USS Richard E. Kraus, DD 849 ( a Navy Destroyer), during the Cuban Missile Crises. Setting on station on FULL ALERT (General quarters), as a part of the Cuban Blockade. It was a time of stress and high anxiety, as the world looked on and waited, knowing we were only one BLINK away from a nuclear WWIII. Today, a Spiritual battle rages on, we continue to serve together, today, in different locations, our Commander and Chief today is the Lord Jesus the Christ (GOD HIMSELF). You and your family are in our prayers Pastor Eddie!
A Fast Ship Headed in Harms Way (USS R.E. Kraus DD 849)
A much too short of a visit…but we must be on our way across the Ohio River, and on into Indiana.
More on the this continuing Saga, Next Week, Same Time-Same Place.
A Reminder!!!Our Church Service starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by a food fellowship, with Bible Study (The Truth Project)at 11:30 a.m.
CH_ _ CH, What’s Missing? U R!!
A QUESTION THAT DEMANDS AN ANSWER!
“Can you be a follower of Jesus, and NOT follow Jesus? AND, If you’re NOT a follower of Christ, are you a Christian?
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