Snyder's United Methodist Church
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FEBRUARY 1, 2023
Weekly Update
Dear Snyder's Church Family and Friends,
This coming Sunday morning we continue the events after the Beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew. We shall read St. Matthew 5: 13 - 20
and our theme is "Do NOT THINK!" What a joy and great honor it is for us to be in Worship together as part of the Family of God. We're hopeful to greet you warmly.
After a visit to the doctor, a woman told her husband,
"Honey, the doctor said I am in a very distraught condition and that it is essential for me to go to St. Tropez, then to Aspen, and to buy myself a new mink wrap."
The husband immediately called the doctor back,
"What did you mean by all this stuff about St. Tropez, Aspen
and mink coats?"
The doctor said, "What, I just recommended to your wife a regimen of frequent baths, plenty of fresh air, and to be sure to dress in warm clothes." The wife, obviously, put a little spin on her medical condition.
Now, contrast the role of the spin-master with the open sincerity of
St. Paul. He writes: "When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ,
and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God."
Paul was one of the wisest, most talented men who ever lived.
He is one of the, if not the, most quoted in history. Yet Paul spoke simply and directly when he taught the truth of Christ. He wanted people to experience not the power of his oratory, but the power of God.
Paul knew that the Corinthians loved big words and complex logic.
He also knew that there were those who gave the people what they wanted. But Paul decided that this would undermine the message that he brought. To shape the message or the presentation of the message to please the audience would be wrong. He wanted converts and not compliments.
WOW what a message for us in the Church to hear today. WOW what a message we at Snyder's Church need to hear today. And that is what you hear when you worship with us.
May God bless you richly and may you also be a blessing today to others.
Know that God loves you and so do we. 
Pastor Bill Pipp