The Master’s Heart – by Chris Ahlemann

“Do you love me?”

How well I remember those words of our Lord; they pierced my soul like a double-edged sword as we walked after dining on fish and bread.  The sun was sparkling on the Galilean Sea, yet all I could feel was the hurt inside of me when I remembered the betraying words I’d said.

“Do you love me?”

I winced when He asked me that yet again, for I’d wanted to become a “fisher of me” when I left my boat to follow Him instead.  Did He know I was trying with all my heart to love Him as I had right from the start before fear consumed me with dread?

“Do you love me?”

I was hurt that He should ask of me a third time, still somehow His voice so tender, sublime, seemed to request I be His friend instead.  I said that I would, I really truly would.  Then by His smile I knew He understood, for He beckoned me to follow wherever He led.

“Feed My Sheep.”

I stand now to preach to many gathered ones, to proclaim this same Jesus, God’s begotten Son who was crucified, then raised from the dead.  I tell them to come, repent of their sin, for His love reaches down to the places they are in, and His presence will be with them in all that lies ahead.

Hospitalized/Health Concerns:

Hospitalized/Health Concerns:

– For Lyndon Luke, Greg Olson, Liam Kiefer (a former Wee Care student), Stephanie Wellik (Dean & Janice Wellik’s daughter-in-law), and Naomi Wagenknecht (Pastor Nick’s grandmother).

– For our members in Care Centers: John & Bertha Maloney (Stewartville Care Center), Ardell DeBough (Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield), Gary Boyum (Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield), and Don Ellinghuysen (Meadow Lakes Assisted Living).

Jack Werner – son of Jake and Kelsey Werner, friends of Pastor Nick and Hannah, who was born earlier this week, and now has Pneumonia. Prayers for healing and protection.

Family and Friends of John Bauer – Family acquaintance of the Wagenknecht’s that we had recently been praying for. Passed away Thursday (5/23/2024) Morning at the age of 49 from Liver Failure. Prayers for peace, hope, and comfort to his family as they grief his passing.

Cindy Oftedahl – has cancer – prognosis is good.

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