It’s Christmas time! One of the most joyous times of year… or so we want it to be. Christmas
can be hard; we miss people who are no longer in our lives, we miss how simple things use to
be. And studies have shown during the Christmas season people are more prone to anxiety &
depression. Then there is being worried about finances or the realization that somehow we are
not where or who we want to be.
Several years ago I read a book called “Bring Back the Joy.” I was in a weird place & had lost
my joy. It’s wasn’t until later that I realized that true joy had never left me, but I was looking
for joy in the wrong places.
When the Wise Men were following the star to discover the King of the Jews, they too looked
in the wrong place. They came to King Herod’s palace only to find Herod didn’t know anything
about the Savior’s birth. But the Wise Men didn’t give up; they kept searching. It was only
when the Wise Men discovered Jesus did they find true joy. And it wasn’t in a grand palace, but
in a humble home.
The Almighty God who led them by a star, lead them to Whom they had been searching for in
faith. Jesus had performed no miracles; hadn’t taught a single lesson, much less spoken a single
word; & yet they fell down & worshiped him as King.
These men came prepared to find the Lord! How do we know this? Because they packed gifts!
They didn’t know how long the journey would be. Neither did they know what would happen
along the way. But they were determined to seek & find the truth for themselves… & once they
encountered the Savior of the world, they were filled with joy & forever changed.
So let me ask: Where do you find your joy?
The same joy the Wise Men found is available to each of us.
God has promised in Proverbs 8:17: “I love those who love Me; & those who
seek Me will nd Me.” Look up, see God’s light & find your joy in the Christ of
Our Wonderful God's Miraculous Mission
At Miraculous Mission VBS, your children look into the Bible, God's Holy Word, and discover God's miraculous Mission to save you, me, and the whole world! The Bible accounts of God's mission for us share that God made the universe, His promise of a savior to Abram, the birth of Jesus our Savior, His death and ressurrection, and His ascension.
After Miraculous Mission VBS, by God's grace and through the Holy Spirit, the Good News of our savior Jesus will be in the heart and on the lips of every child, youth, abd adult participating. Noe that's a VBS with Purpose!
All are welcome, you don't have to be a memeber to send your children!
"There is a time to tear down and a time to build up." Ecclesiastes 3:3
When King Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes he was at the end of a long life... some of it was very good, some not so much, but when it came to the bottom line, King Solomon discovered that unless what one does is done for the Glory of God (instead for one's own glory) it was meaningless. The time has come for St. Paul to "tear down" some of the well-used Activity Center to "build it" back up for the Glory of God.
Many people have a difficult time tearing down what they are use to, and the demolition process is not pretty, but when you know that in building it back up more people will enjoy a time of fellowship, learning, playing & worshiping in the Name of Jesus... it is worth the work and the wait....and this in itself brings God Glory.
What do you need to tear down in your life in order to build up something better in it's place? Ask God, then dedicate the "tearing down" and the "building up" to His Glory. In the process you will enjoy a time of fellowship & worship that will bring a new meaning to your life. Now is the time.
"Holy Week" is a week unlike any other. It's the final week of Jesus' human life here on earth.
For 3 years Jesus fed the hungry, restored sight to the blind, confronted evil & taught great truths.
But during that time He was also tempted, betrayed, spit on, denied & crucified.
So what's so holy about Holy Week? It's helpful to know the word Holy means "set apart."
So the better question is: what are we set apart from and what are we set apart to?
Jesus was set apart because even though He was fully man, He was at the same time fully God.
He was set apart from the corruption of sin even as He was tempted in every way.
He was set apart to do the work of God; namely to save the world from the death that our sin brought.
And because He was set apart for God, when we follow Jesus, we too become holy, we too are set apart from the death sin brings and set apart for God. Does that mean life will be perfect? No. We will still be tempted, still be betrayed and still live in a sinful world. But He's the hope... just like Jesus didn't stay in the grave, neither will we!
Happy a HOLY & Happy Easter!!
What comes to mind when you think of Lent? For some thoughts of "Fat Tuesday" comes to mind where many gorge themselves will all they desire the night before they wake up the next morning & have to "give it up" for Lent. Others "give up" their favorite foods so they can maybe lose a few pounds over the next 40 days. And many people just "give up" on what they decided to "give up" for Lent.
But here's a thought... it is Jesus Who willingly chose to "give up" His life for us so we can have life forever with Him. So instead of deciding to give something up, how about deciding to live your life for Him? Instead of being hungry because you can't have that sweet, how about being hungry for Him & studying His Word.
When it comes to Jesus, He gave all He had, so we can have all in Him! Over this Lent season, live your life with Jesus in mind; looking forward to the celebration of that wonderful Easter morning at the empty tomb!
We have officially started our activity center remodel, starting with the main doors. Due to this we will be using the single door to the left of the main doors to enter and leave the activity center for fellowship and other activities. Sorry for the inconvenience during this time of growth.
Thank you to all who donated items to be sold! Thank you to the community who came and bought items! A big thank you to everyone who helped organize and set up we couldn't do it with out you. The rummage sale proceeds benefit our children and youth ministrys. With the money we will be to help children attend Camp Eagle. Our rummage sale is an annual event which takes place the first Saturday in March. The left over items won't go to waste either, we donate the items to the Hondo Thrift store and to Latin American Lutheran mission church in Laredo for a rummage sale as well.
Thank you everyone once again this wouldn't be possible with the St Paul family and community at large.
"Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping."
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
How are your New Year's Resolutions going? Yeah, me too. It about this time of year that we have already forgotten we ever even made any resolutions or that they're on their way out. So here's some encouragement...
When it comes to our faith, we can never forget it or let it fade away. To be resolute means to be determined, to have a set purpose, to be uncompromising, unshakable, courageous, relentless & strong! This is the kind of faith we need in a world that is constantly trying to get us to compromise & settle for less than God's best.
Would you join me in making a new resolution by committing each morning to: "keep my eyes open to what God is trying to show me; hold tight to my convictions of what I know is true; give it all I've got each day for His Kingdom; be resolute in doing what He has called me to do & love without stopping to consider the cost."
Be Resolute, Be Courageous & Unshakable!
Blessings in Christ Jesus, RevBev
In a world that too often tells us who we're not, we are here to encourage & inspire you to learn & know who you are in Jesus Christ!
This year God is leading us to Grow Deeper in His Word so we each can Grow Stronger in our daily life.
This is pictured in a tree where we're reminded:
They will be like trees growing beside a stream— trees with roots that reach down to the water, and with leaves that are always green. They bear fruit every year and are never worried by a lack of rain. Jeremiah 17:8
No matter where you are in life, we hope you will consider setting some roots down here at St. Paul, so together we can Grow Stronger & Deeper in our understanding of Who God is & who we are in Him.
Pastor Beverly Kelling
"The Red Brick Church on Avenue M"
1303 Avenue M
Hondo, TX 78861
P.O. Box 58
Hondo, TX 78861
(830) 426-3222 or (830) 426-2343
6:00 PM - Come As You Are (CAYA) Contemporary Community Worship Service
8:45 AM - Nursery opens
9:00 AM - Worship Service
10:00 AM - Fellowship
10:30 AM - Sunday School
11:45 AM - Nursery closes
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Wednesday
OFFICE IS CLOSED - Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Friday