FROM OUR WMF PRESIDENT

Lynn 5-2014 SMALL web readyBy Lynn Wellumson

My wonderful, trustworthy, twelve year old maroon car that faithfully carried me for over 100,000 miles was totaled by a pickup truck.  It was a sad day!  I could turn on the radio, hit the windshield wipers, and turn on the lights without looking.  My coffee mug fit perfectly in the rack and I hadn’t changed the six CD’s in the console in over a year.

At the car dealership, we explained the make, model, year range, and price range of our desired “new” vehicle .  The salesman gently explained that it would be very rare to find one not only in Williston, but anywhere.  He was encouraging us to buy a new Pilot and we had to inform him we would not be comfortable driving anything that was the cost of our home twenty six years ago.  At that moment of impasse, he suddenly jumped up and said “Let me look into something”.  When he came back, he was all smiles!  A pilot matching our criteria had come in that morning.  We went out to test drive it and decided to make an offer.

On the second day of ownership of this blue beauty, we noticed part of the key fob was missing.  We retraced our steps, to no avail.  It didn’t keep anything from working, just kind of annoying and the battery could easily fall out.

Arriving at church the next day, one of our faithful ushers showed us he had found a piece of plastic and didn’t know what to do with it.  The lost was found.

Our family has been praying for six months for a job for our newest college graduate.  What a great reminder that God hasn’t abandoned us ( I will never leave you nor forsake you.   Joshua 1:5 b NIV) ; forgot about us (For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  ESV);  or brushed us off ( The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise.   II Peter 3:9 a ESV) .  He has a plan and in His timing, He will open the right doors. 

In the middle of our being concerned about our son  finding a job, our experience of finding this vehicle reminds us God is in control of every aspect of our lives.  He is faithful!

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by Lynn Wellumson

Last weekend I got to help out at my sister and brother-in-law’s ranch.  They are in the middle of calving, always a challenging and exciting time for them.  The calf puller had accidently been misplaced in the tractor bucket.  The tractor had unloaded several loads of hay to many feeder spots and our mission, armed with a very large magnet, was to locate the three pieces before they were urgently needed.  It had the feel of looking for a needle in a haystack.  It also gave my sister and I a great chance to visit.  The cow/calf pairs in the corrals we were searching seemed a little too aware of us.  I spread my arms and announced “We come in peace”.  My sister laughed the first time, but not the second or the tenth.  It also had the feeling of walking through a minefield, as any misplaced step would result in serious shoe cleaning.

I’m happy to report that within a relatively short time, the lost was found! All three pieces!  Order was restored in the calving world.

Jeremiah 50:20 says “In those days, at that time”, declares the Lord, “search will be made for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare.” (NIV) 

Even God cannot find the sin that is covered by Jesus’ blood.   Even things we think are impossible to find, are possible to find with God’s help. Jesus bore our sins on His body on the cross.

From Our WMF President Lynn Wellumson

At our worship service this past week  we began with the hymn “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” which includes phrases “Come, lift your hearts on high, Let praises fill the sky”, “Life shall not end the strain”, “Praise is His gracious choice”, and “Singing forevermore, Alleluia! Amen”.  We used a corporate confession of sins from the Ambassador Hymnal.  We acknowledged that we have sinned against God and are unworthy of His goodness and love.  Our confession of faith was the meaning of the second article from the Apostles Creed. Familiar phrases “I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten from the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord” assured us God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.   I John 1:9 was read for the declaration of grace: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”.  Time between Sunday School and church provided opportunity to check in with a man recently diagnosed with a treatable ailment, an elderly woman concerned for her grandson, a college student celebrating her birthday, and a young man seeking employment.

Outside, the weather graphically illustrated the point “though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”  The grueling wind chill kept many home .  We missed them, but trust they had opportunity through self-study of the Bible, TV, or radio to hear God’s Word.

Sunday, the day set aside for rest, gives us the opportunity to gather together around God’s Word for instruction, encouragement, and fellowship.

Hebrews 10:25:  “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.