Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pastor Doug's November Newsletter

The Touch of he Master's Hand.

T'was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste so much time on the old violin
But he held it up with a smile."
"What am I biddin', good folks?" he cried.
"Who'll start the biddin' for me?"
"A dollar? A dollar? Then two! Only two?"
"Two dollars, and who'll make it three?"
"Three dollars once. Three dollars twice;
Going for three ....", But no,
From the back of the room, far back, a gray haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tighteing the loose strings
He played a melody oure abd sweet
As a caroling angel sings

The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said "What am I bid for the old violin?"
And he held it up with the bow.
"A thousand dollars, and who will make it two?"
"Two thousand! And who will make it three?"
"Three thousand once, three thousand twice;"
"And going going, gone" said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
"We do not quite ununderstand"
"What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply
"The touch of a Master's hand"

And many a man with a life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like a cheap violin.
A "mess of potage",  a glass of wine;
A game ... and he travels on.
He is "going" once, and "going" twice
He is "going" and almost "gone.
Buth the master comes in and the foolish crowd
Never can understand
The worth of a soul, and the change that is wrought.
By the touch of the Master's hand.

May God bless you and keep you, until next time.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pastor Doug's October Newsletter

The Christian Alphabet:

A: Always I will praise You Lord. You bring true happiness.
B: Because You save my immortal soul, and promise me a place in Your kingdom.
C: Considering all of Your righteous ways, You alone are worthy of praise.
D: Deliver me, God, from sin and shame, for You alone are able.
E: Every day, from morning to night, I will prase Your Holy name.
F: Faithful are You to deliver all who call on You in Jesus' name.
G: Great are Your works of power in heaven and on earth.
H: Happiness is mine, You deliver me. Your promise I have claimed.
I: I will tell others of Your great love, and the redemption Jesus bought for me.
J: Just a broken and contrite heart is all You require of me.
K: Kindle within my heart a fire of love like the love Jesus has for the world.
L: Love and happiness fill me heart, Oh God. Thank You for delivering me.
M: May You always hear my prayers for the lost, for while I was lost, You heard prayers for me.
N: Never will I turn from your commands, as they have all become precious to me.
O: Open my heart to Your Holy Word. Let me hear what should be heard.
P: Prepare me, please Lord, whatever it takes, that I may, liek Jesus, serve others.
Q: Quiet my will, help me Lord, I pray. I want all things to go Your wat.
R: Reach out and touch others through me, Lord. Kee me sensitive every step of the way.
S: Send me Your Spirit. I want only to obey. Let me never do anything to lead others astrat.
T: Teach me in Your loving and faithful way. Instruct me in everything I say and do.
U: United in You, through the blood shed by Your Son, Jesus Christ, my risen Savior.
V: Vast are the gifs You have given me, though I am not worthy of even one.
W: Without fail, You keep Your promises, and one is that Jesus will return.
X: X-Ray my every thought, dear Lord, I want to think like Jesus.
Y: You alone are righteous, dear God, You alone can deliver.
Z: Zealous for Your righteousness am I, my dear Lord, my Savior, my God, my creator. You alone bring happiness to my soul, for You alone can deliver.

Have a great October! See you next month!