Trust in Jesus Celebration

Trust in Jesus Celebration  for the  Community Everyone is Welcome!

All who touched His cloak were healed. Mark 6:56. Trust in Jesus!

In God We Trust!
In God We Trust!

Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Dorothy A Thrupp (1736).  – performed by Rick Betts.


Savior, like a shepherd lead us, Much we need Thy tender care;

In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, For our use Thy folds prepare:

Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus, Thou hast bought us, Thine we are;

Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus, Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

Prayer:  Holy God of Israel, ever present and moving among your people, draw us near to you, that in place of hostility there may be peace; in place of loneliness, compassion; in place of aimlessness, direction; and in place of sickness, healing; through Christ Jesus, in whom you draw near to us. Amen.

Trust in Jesus  – performed by Third Day.

One of these days we all will stand in judgment for every single word that we have spoken.

One of these days we all will stand before the Lord, Give a reason for everything we’ve done

And what I’ve done is:

Trust in Jesus, My great Deliverer, My strong Defender, The Son of God.

I trust in Jesus, Blessed Redeemer, My Lord forever, The Holy One, the Holy One.

Prayer:  Shepherd God, you call us into a rhythm of work and rest that our lives may be the better for it. So shape our leisure and our labor, that the world will recognize us as Jesus’ disciples and our ministry as what you would have us do. Amen.

We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course lively discussion and activities will be available!

Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!

Contact Us with Special Requests!

Friday Evenings in the Park

Friday Evenings in the Park


Family Activities, Food, Fun!

– List is Growing! – Mix in Your Suggestions!

most Friday evenings – about 6:00 pm until done.

Valley City Park Large Pavilion, 400 West Vass Street

– sponsored by Spirit of Peace

Pastors Michael & Cathy Hanus – Visit with Pastor!

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Admit the Wrongs

Step 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when wrong, promptly admitted it. 

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith GOD has given you.” Romans 12:3.

Have Thine Own Way Lord
Adelaide Pollard (1906).

Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!  Thou art the potter, I am the clay.  Mold me and make me after thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still.

How It Works: This thought brings us to Step Ten, which suggests we continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any new mistakes as we go along. We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help. Love and tolerance of others is our code.  – A.A. Big Book p.84

The emphasis on inventory is heavy only because a great many of us have never really acquired the habit of accurate self-appraisal. Once this healthy practice has been groomed, it will be so interesting and profitable that the time it takes won’t be missed. For these minutes and sometimes hours spent in self-examination are bound to make all the other hours of our day better and happier. And at length our inventories become a regular part of everyday living, rather than unusual or set apart.  – Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 89-90

Step 10 begins laying the foundation for the rest of my life. It is a pledge to continually monitor my life with honesty and humility. It requires me to be vigilant against my addictive behavior and against the triggers for my addictive behavior. It requires me to be humble before my God who can keep me from my addictive behavior if I have the right attitude. It requires me to deal with my defects promptly when they arise and not to let them linger in my life. – From

Our daily inventory certainly needs to assess the status of our relationship with God. Are we still yielding our will to Him? Bill Wilson emphasized how crucial this evaluation is, especially for addictive personalities, which tend to be willful. Our need to surrender ourselves to God on a daily basis will go on throughout our lives, and we shall explore the means of that continuing spiritual surrender in Step 11. – Serenity, A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery, p. 67, 69.


Unconditional Love

Unconditional love is known as affection without any limitations, it can also be love without conditions. This term may be associated with other terms such as true altruism or complete love. 

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  John 14:2.

Is there no greater example of unconditional love as we find in Biblical Scripture where Jesus endures hardship and questioning as He lives a life of example, then suffers and dies on the cross for our sins, hands us the gracious Gift of Salvation for our belief in Him and makes a place for us in Heaven?

The Lord's Unconditional Love for Us
The Lord’s Unconditional Love for Us

A thousand strands of time, events, and people weave into a tapestry we call place. More than just a house, place is where meaning, belonging, and safety come together under the covering of our best efforts at unconditional love. Place beckons us with memories buried deep in our souls. Even when our place is not perfect, its hold on us is dramatic, magnetic.

The Bible speaks frequently of place. We see an example in Nehemiah’s longing for a restored Jerusalem.  Neh. 1:3-4; 2:2.  It is no surprise, then, that Jesus would speak of place when He wants to comfort us.

“Let not your heart be troubled, I go to prepare a place for you.”  John 14:1-2.

For those who have fond memories of earthly places, this promise links us to something we can easily understand and look forward to. For those whose places have been anything but comforting and safe, Jesus promises that one day they will hear the sweet song place sings, for they will inhabit it with Him. – Randy Kilgore. Daily Bread.

Unconditional Love – Johnny UK

Whatever the struggle, whatever the faltering on your faith journey, remember this:  There is a place in heaven already waiting, fitted just for you.  Jesus would not have said so if it were not true.

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, I can not wait to live in the home You have prepared for me. Thank You that no matter what my earthly place holds, comfort or pain, my home with You will be so much better. May the memory of our earthly place point us with hope to our heavenly place.  Amen.


Know Your Savior

The things which you learned, received, heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of Peace will be with you. Phil. 4:9. 

Francis Allen led me to Jesus, and now it was nearly time for Francis to meet Jesus face to face. I was at his home as it grew time for him to say goodbye. I wanted to say something memorable and meaningful.
For nearly an hour I stood by his bed. He laughed hard at the stories I told on myself. Then he got tired, we got serious, and he spent his energy rounding off some rough edges he still saw in my life. I listened, even as I tried to sort out how to say goodbye.
He stopped me before I got the chance. “You remember what I have always told you. We have nothing to fear from the story of life because we know how it ends. I am not afraid. You go do what I have taught you.” Those challenging words reminded me of what the apostle Paul said to the believers in Philippi: “The things which you learn, receive, hear and see in me, these do.” Phil. 4:9.
Francis had the same twinkle in his eye this last day I saw him as he had the first day I met him. He had no fear in his heart.
So many of the words I write, stories I tell, and people I serve are touched by Francis. As we journey through life, may we remember those who have encouraged us spiritually. – Randy Kilgore. Daily Bread.

Jesus, Lover of My Soul. Charles Wesley (1740). performed by Altar of Praise Chorale.

Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly, while the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high; hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past; safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last!

So who is your mentor? Who do you mentor? If you are not mentoring others, why?

Prayer: Dear Jesus, Please send us the Holy Spirit so we may receive the strength and courage to live in a manner following in your example so that when people get to know us, they will want to know You. Amen.

Jesus is My Mentor!
Jesus is My Mentor!

Lasagna Food Fest

People are contacting me wanting to know what is a Lasagna Food Fest?

This is a Nebraska style food festival where you can find Pastor serving the people. Imagine that!

Come on down to United Faith Community Center 921 South Mayne Valley Nebraska on Sunday July 12 for 5:00 pm dinner and enjoy fresh baked lasagna with the salads, garlic and parmesan cheese breads and all the trimmings!

By the way, have you ever seen a Pastor help make lasagna before? Here is the untouched actual photo of this happening:

Lasagna Pastor


Welcome! Sinful Request Reflection

Welcome! Sinful Request Reflection

Prophecy for the Community

Everyone is Welcome!

Whatever you ask me, I will give you. Mark 6:23.

John the Baptist, Herodias & daughter, Herod
John the Baptist, Herodias & daughter, Herod

Here I am Lord. Dan Schutte. (1981).

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord? I have heard You calling in the night. I will go Lord, if You lead me. I will hold Your people in my heart.

Prayer: Redeeming Sustainer, visit your people and pour out your strength and courage upon us, that we may hurry to make you welcome; not only in our concern for others, but by serving them generously and faithfully in your name. Amen.
They’ll Know We are Christians. – Peter Scholtes.
– honoring Takeri Tekakwitha

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord; And we pray that all unity may one day be restored; And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. They will know we are Christians by our love.

Prayer: God of hosts, before whom David danced and sang, Mother of mercy and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all things cohere; whenever we are confronted by lust, hate, or fear, give us the faith of John the Baptist that we may trust in the redemption of your Messiah. Amen.
Because He Lives, God Sent His Son. – Gloria Gaither.
– performed by David Crowder. Lyrics in English and Español.

God sent His son and they called Him Jesus. He came to love, heal and forgive. He lived and died to buy my pardon. An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Prayer:  Steadfast God, your prophets set the plumb line of your righteousness and truth in the midst of your people. Grant us the courage to judge ourselves against it. Straighten all that is crooked or warped within us until our hearts and souls stretch upright, blameless and holy, to meet the glory of Christ. Amen.
This next quick hymn calls upon all of creation, on earth and in heaven, to offer praise to the Trinity, in recognition that all good things come from The Lord.

Thomas Ken (1674)

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course lively discussion and activities will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!

Contact Us with Special Requests!


Make Amends

Step 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 

How It Works: Although these reparations take innumerable forms, there are some general principles which we find guiding. Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be. We may lose our position or reputation or face jail, but we are willing. We have to be. We must not shrink at anything.  – A.A. Big Book p.79

Give and It Shall be Given to You. Luke 6:38.
Give and It Shall be Given to You. Luke 6:38.

Give and it shall be given you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38.

Luke 6:38 Rap

Step 9 completes what I started in step 8. I make amends to those that I have harmed. I pay back debts I owe. I apologize. I write letters. I find time to do and say things that would help heal the damage that I have done. I try to bring goodness where previously I had brought discord and destruction. It takes insight, courage and dedication to make such amends, but now I have the help of my God to knowp what to do and how to do it. I learn to earnestly seek the right way to go about this process from my God. I start to live the kind of life that my God has meant for me to live all along. – From

After we make a list of people we have harmed, we reflect carefully upon each instance, and we try to possess ourselves of the right attitude in which to proceed, we see that the making of direct amends divides those we should approach into several classes. There will be those who ought to be dealt with just as soon as we become reasonably confident that we can maintain our sobriety. There will be those to whom we can make only partial restitution, lest complete disclosures do them or others more harm than good. There will be other cases where action ought to be deferred, and still others in which by the very nature of the situation we shall never be able to make direct personal contact at all.

– Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 83

Give to the Lord and it will be Given to You.

Walk in the Light

Walk in the Light!

You need not fear the darkness if you are walking with the Light of the World. 
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, … nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness. Psalm 91:5-6. 
When I was a boy, I delivered newspapers to about one hundred homes on two streets that were connected by a cemetery. Since I delivered a morning newspaper, I had to be out at 3:00 a.m. walking through that cemetery in the darkness. Sometimes I would be so frightened that I would actually run! I was afraid until I was standing safely under a streetlight on the other side. The scary darkness was dispelled by the light.
This psalmist understands the connection between fear and darkness, but he also knows that God is greater than those fears. He writes, “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness” (Ps. 91:5-6). Neither terrors of night nor evil in the darkness need to drive us to fear. We have a God who sent His Son, the Light of the World (John 8:12).
In the light of God’s love and grace and truth, we can find courage, help, and strength to live for Him. – Bill Crowder. Daily Bread. 
Go Light Your World – Chris Rice. 

There is a candle in every soul; Some brightly burning, some dark and cold. There is a Spirit who brings a fire; Ignites a candle and makes His home. 

Prayer: Lord, I come to You, the Light of the World. I want You to bring Your light into the darkness of my fears. Amen. 
INSIGHT: Psalm 91 celebrates the safety and security of those who trust in God. The psalmist warns of danger from insidious schemes of men, uninvited troubles, physical attacks, sickness, and disasters. But the Lord protects those who trust in Him. This psalm does not promise immunity from danger, but security in the midst of it. 

Welcome! Faith of Our Fathers Celebration

Welcome! Faith of Our Fathers Celebration for the Community 

Everyone is Welcome! 

They went out and proclaimed that all should repent. Mark 6:12. 
Baptized in Water – Michael Saward. Jubilate Hymns. 

Baptized in water, sealed by the Spirit, cleansed by the blood of Christ our king; heirs of salvation, trusting his promise, faithfully now God’s praise we sing.

Dear Lord, Guardian of the weak, through the teachings of your prophets you have claimed our cities, towns, and homes as temples of your presence and citadels of your justice. Turn the places we live into strongholds of your grace, that the most vulnerable as well as the most powerful among us may find peace in the security that comes in the strong name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Faith of Our Fathers Living Still – Fredrick William Faber (1849). 

 alternate video graphics reflecting Independence Day. 

Faith of our fathers, living still; In spite of dungeon, fire and sword, O how our hearts beat high with joy whene’er we hear that glorious word! Faith of our fathers! Holy faith! We will be true to thee till death! 

God of grace and powerful weakness, at times your prophets were ignored, rejected, belittled, and unwelcome. Trusting that we, too, are called to be prophets, fill us with your Spirit, and support us by your gentle hands, that we may persevere in speaking your word and living our faith. Amen. 

This next quick hymn calls upon all of creation, on earth and in heaven, to offer praise to the Trinity, in recognition that all good things come from The Lord. 

Doxology – Thomas Ken (1674) 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. 

We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people. 
Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family! 
Of course lively discussion and activities will be available! 
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit! 

Contact Us with Special Requests!