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page 134 -- Sioux County Index-Reporter GION/FAITH Wednesday, February 19 SOWER" This week's message: "My heart says of you, 'Seek His face!' may dwell in the house of the Lord all the love that only God can give. When a Roman penny was made, Your face, LORD, I will seek." - Psalm 27:8 days of my life, to gaze upon tile beaut3 of "Though my father and mother lbrsake Two lovers sit, gazing into one another's the Lord and to seek him in his temple.'" me. the Lord will receive me," David says in the image of the emperor was faces, basking in the comfort and joy of just For David, visiting the house of flae l.ord faith. Even though he's struggling, worrying stamped upon it. Those who used being together. No words are necessary, as was an opportunity to actually be in God's that God isn't really seeing him, he knows his coins were expectd to obey his complete acceptance and love quietlypresence. Behind a thick veil. God's glory that no one. not even those people who are taws, reflects from one face to the other,rested in the Most Holy Place. God was closest to us. can offer the kind of love and Late one winter night, a mother and son there in person in a powerful xvav. Onl the acceptance that God faithfully offers. Let Go and sit at the kitchen table, sharing a cup of hot high priest could enter this holy place, and it |!xen more reassuring for us today is dis- Let God cocoa. All evening, she has been waiting must havebeen with a great deal of t -ar: cmering beliexers can now approach God with anticipation for his return home from anything unholy could never enter the glori- with exen more confidence than they could college for Christmas vacation. As the con- ous presence of a Holy God. Da\ id was in David's time. Through Jesus, God now versation lulls and they look into each longing to be that near to God, not just once offers an open and welcome invitation into .....Michael A. Guido, other's faces, a silent bond of acceptance a year as the high priest experienced, but for the Most Holy Place, as Hebrews 10:22 SeedsJkom the Sower and belonging is expressed. Each onealways, directs us to"...draw near to God with a sin- remembers how good it just to be together at Later in Psalm 27, we learn Da\ id's deep- cere heart in full assurance of faith...'" Not home. est t ars: "Do not hide your thee from me. only are we invited to draw near to God, to In the beginning, God made The Psalmist's heart yearns to seek the do not turn your servant away in anger: you come into His very presence, we are told something and stamped His image Lord's face. He longs to be near to God, in have been my helper. Do not reject me or that wc can come in full assurance, knowing upon it. It w sn't a penny He made, His very presence. David wants to gaze into forsake me, O God my Savior" (Verse 9). by faith that God looks back on us with but a person, and he's expected to the face of God, hoping to see God looking David is crying out for God to look at him. complete acceptance and love. glorify God and to enjoy Him for- back, assuring him of God's love and accep- to see him. He wants to know that God's David's Psahn opens a window to see life ever. tance, eyes are on him, in order to know that he is in a new way. especially under this new Nothing else in all the world is Looking back to Verse 4 of Psalm 27, we being looked after and loved by the Lord. fle Covenant. We are allowed, even encour- created in God's image. Therefore, can see that David isn't yearning for a mere wants to know that God accepts him. \\hen aged, to live in God's presence, just being the more God-like you are, the moment in God's presence. He wants to live he enters the presence of the Lord and looks with God. knowing that on His face there is more man-like you'll be. And the continually in God's presence: "One thing I upon His face, he wants to see God looking a look of complete love and acceptance. less like (iod you are, the less of a ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I back, to know the kind of acceptance and man you are. It takes God to make a man. Be wise - let go and let God make you the man you ought to be, won't you? A $23 subscription to the Index-Reporter makes a great Christmas gift for all of your Sioux County friends. Send $23 to Index- Reporter, P.O. Box 440, Hull, 51239 Twisting the Truth At one time or another, it seems that almost everyone will distort or twist the truth. By rationalizing or making excuses, we try to spread the blame around or even absolve ourselves of any responsibility. It increasingly seems more difficult to admit that we have made a mis- take or have done something wrong because of poor judgement. Perhaps this is partially due to the fact that we live in a society that at times can be so unforgiving. However, even in the early days of the Bible when God asked Adam if he had eaten the fruit he was told not to eat, Adam answered that the woman who was put there with him gave him the fruit, and he ate it. Perhaps, Adam thought that by involving the woman God gave him, he could spread the blame around or that this would be a good excuse for his disobedience. Admitting the truth and accepting the responsibility for our inappro- priate actions is often difficult, and it requires honesty and integrity. Everyone makes mistakes, and God is aware of our frailties; but, improving our character and living a virtuous life is necessary to be part of God's family. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. K.J.V. Proverbs 8:7 O F1 B()YDEN St. John Lutheran Church Pastor Worship - 8:30 a.m. Sunday School- 9:45 a.m. I (1~ al~d Iour mik's nord~ oi Boyden on L14, 1/2 mile west on BI4; t>~ se~,n miles s(~utb (It Gtx~rge on L14, 1/2 mile west on B14 First Reformed Church Rev. Matthew Draffen, Pastor Sunday School- 10:45 a.m. Worship- 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. 't w~mn!,, ~\or~hip servi(es televised on goyden Cable TV 3 ~,unda~,s at t ] am, and 8:30 p.m., luesdays and Thursdays at ~O am ; leh ~ i',ed on George (,able TV 13 on 7 p.m, on Tuesdays ~M oI~ Sheldon Cable TV at 4 p,m, on Wednesdays. United Presbyterian Church Rev. Randal Nicholas Sunday School - 10:45 a.m. Worship - 9:25 a.m. \Vorsh~p service on Boyden Cable TV 12 at ] :30 p.m. HULL St. Paul Lutheran Church Interim Pastor -- Rev. John Riggle Sunday Schcx)l & Bible Class - 8:55 a.m. Worship - 10 a.m. First Christian Reformed Church Rev. Carl Klompien Catechism & Sunday School - 10:45 a.m. Worship- 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Hope Christian Reformed Church Pastor Michael Koetje Church School - 10:45 a.m. Worship - 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. First Reformed Church Dr. Michael Van Hamersveld Sunday School - I0:40 a.m. Worship - 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. R.C.Y.F. - 6:30 p.m. Faith Reformed Church Rev. Mike Molenaar Church School- 10:45 a.m. Worship - 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Netherlands Reformed Church Pastor Gerard DeLeeuw Worship - 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Grace Community Church Rev. Joseph R. Terrell Worship - 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. 9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Sunday mornings on KSOU 1090 A/v~93.9 FM First Christian Reformed Church Rev. C. Eric Fennema Sunday School- I0:45 a.m. Worship - 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Calvin Christian Reformed Church Rev. Roger Sparks Sunday School - 11 a.m. Worship - 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Trinity Christian Reformed Church Vacant Sunday School and Choir- I0:45 a.m. Worship - 9:30 a,m. and 6:30 p.m, Our Savior's Lutheran Church Pastor Jim Demke Worship - 9 a.m. Pioneer United Methodist Church Pastor Jerry Robertson Worship- 10:30 a.m. REA American Reformed Church Steve Bierly, Pastor Sunday School - 10:45 a.m. Worship - 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. First Reformed Church Rev. Vertyn D. Bootie, Pastor Lauri Boote, Christian Ed. Director Sunday School - 10:45 a.m. Worship - 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Mornin~ and evening ~rvi(es are broadcast live on Cable Ohan. 12 Hull Protestant Reformed Church Rev. Steve Key, Pastor Worship - 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Heritage Reformed Church Pastor Neels Worship - 9:30 am and 7 pm ROCK VALLEY St. Mary Catholic Church Father Eugene Murray Mass - 10:30 a.m. Carmel Reformed Church Sunday School - 10:45. a.m. Worship - 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. R.C.Y.F.- 7 p.m. ngs on KSOU 1090 AM/93.9 FM Peace Lutheran Church -- Sioux Center Pastor Daniel J. Kordhahl Worship - 9:30 a.m. Tahemacle Baptist Church I George Pastor -- Vacant Matt Yaley, Youth Pastor Sunday School - 9:30a.m. Worship - 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Morning services televised on Boyden Cable TV at 4 p.m. on Sunday and 7 p,m. on Wednesday. Amistad Christina -- Sioux Center Servicio - 3:30 p.m. on Domingo Morning services televised on Boyden Cable TV at 4 p,m. on Sunday and 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Christ the King Catholic - Sioux Center I-ather Eugene Murray Mass - Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Spanish Mass - 2nd & 4th Sunday, Noon New address: 501 2nd Avenue, S.W. 1; Hope Haven announces that theevent wilt include a bike/run Christian acousticacapella pop race. activities m the park, band Go Fish will be performing a concert by the concert May 3 in Sibley to benefit Christian band. Go Fisla. Oseeola Employment Serxices OES is a vocational (OES), a Hope Haven vocational ment training facility facility. Sibley. serving persons wi~ Plans were announced for a corn- abilities in Osceola Count" munity event in Sibley to benefit of northwest Iowa. OES Hope Haven's Osceola Hope Ha~en lnc. of Rock Employment Services building pro- Proceeds generated fron~ ject. "Go Run! Go Play! Go Fish! - event will go toward the A Benefit for Hope Haven" will be tion of a new facility for a day-long community e~ent held Sibley. on Saturday. May 3. in Sibley. 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