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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 28, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Friday January 28 2000 HERALDZEITUNO Page 9A RELIGION Looking for a suit that fits I The way many people approach church is not unlike the way many people approach shopping in general Recently I had a shopping adventure than confirmed what I believe about the way people choose or reject a church I was in the market for a new suit I wasnt exactly sure what I wanted but I knew it had to be nice enough to wear to formal settings I had a general idea of the color I wanted but hadnt locked in on a particular style I figured that I would know the one I wanted when I saw it Most people search for spiritu al significance in the same way They have a general expectation of what they think they want but are fuzzy about the details They go to church figuring that theyll know what they want once they see it whatever it is I began my suitsearch at a store from which I had bought suits in the past Those suits had served me well and it only makes sense to display some loyalty in spite of slick market ing of specialty stores trying to attract my attention In their search for God many people will loyally attend a church or denomination of their youth They figure that after years away its only fair to give the only church they know a fair chance to provide them with the product for which they are searching The first store I wenttolas niide and had a sampling of all kinds of suits I found a style that I liked but they didnt have it in my size That was forgivable since the same store existed at other locations and I would sim ply go to one of them and find what I could now identify as that which would end my search Unfortunately the other store didnt have what I was looking for in either style or size and within five minutes I left and chose a completely different and more expensive store where I found a better and more satisfy TlM JUDKINS ing suit that the previous store could even offer Spiritual seekers come to our churches looking for something that will satisfy their spiritual hunger While what they find might not fit they might remain willing to give another church a chance If they dont find spiri tual authenticity at the next church however they very well could walk away and choose to reject their tradition and try someplace new and different Seekers might go to another store and pay whatever price necessary to scratch their spiri tual itch If they find Jesus authentically and lovingly on display no matter what the name of the church they will invest in Him Cheaper brands might appear more comfortable and afford able The only suit that fits our soul perfectly is Jesus Himself and churches that display Him with His price tag clearly marked will be the churches that attract the real spiritual con sumer The price is high for a Jesus It costs us everything Tim Judkins will speak on Than a Decoration this Stfnfay temporjuy Worship service of First Protestant Puppet ministry St Paul Lutheran Church embarked on a new ministry this past May Puppet Company Seventh and eighth grade students and their puppets have performed for First United Methodist Church St Pauls Vacation Bible School Eden Home New Braunfels Christian Academy Wassailfest 99 Kirkwood Manor Nursing Home and local preschools Front row from left are Sarah Knudson Mallory Boenig Ashley Herfurth Stephanie Herfurth Amanda Petty Emily Knudson and Jennifer Naumann In the back row are Mallory Schramm Jenna Mathis and Rebecca Stafford Not pictured is Leslie Blalock Photo submitted St Paul bore burdens for love of God BY MSGR EDWARD F BILEY Special to the HeraldZeitung Paul more than anyone else has shown what a person really is and in what our nobility con sists and of what virtue this par ticular person is capable Each day he aimed ever higher each day he rose up with greater ardor and faced with new eagerness the dangers that threatened him He summed up his attitude in the words I forget what is behind me and push on to what lies When he saw death imminent he bade others to share his joy Rejoice arid be glad with me And when danger injustice and abuse threatened he said I am content with weakness mis treatment and These he called the weapons of us that hedfirivedHjMBflnseipj2Qfit from them Thus amid the traps set for DOHERTY FAMILY PRACTICE NEW PATIENTS WELCOME We promise to see you within one working day usually on the same day you Dr 7m Many insurance plans accepted 1 533 E COMMON STREET NEW BRAUNFELS TEXAS 78130 62S5799 OR METRO 6O93941 Oakwood Tire Service Brand Tires Complete Automotive Service Brakes Tuneups Batteries Computer Alignment Dealer Locations Nationwide You can pay more but you cant get better quality than Kumho tires Discover for yourself the unsurpassed performance and quality of Kumho one of the largest tire companies in the world Sale ends KUMHO TIRES POWER PRIMA II 792 TOURING 795 Allseason design Long even treadwear Quiet comfortable ride M S S speed rated PMetric sizes mile limited warranty SIZE P20W5RH him by his enemies with exultant heart he turned their every attack into a victory for himself con stantly beaten abused and cursed he boasted of it as though he were celebrating a triumphal pro cession and taking trophies home and offered thanks to God for it all Thanks be to God who is always victorious in This is why he was far more eager for the shameful abuse that his zeal in preaching brought upon him than we are for the most pleasing honors more eager for death than we are for life for poverty for wealth he yearned for toil far more than others yearn for rest after toil The one thing he feared indeed dreaded was to offend God nothing else could sway him Therefore the only thing he really wanted was always to please God Christ Enjoying this love he considered himself happier than anyone else were he without it it would be no satisfaction to be the friend of principalities and pow See OA to him however was that he knew himself to be loved 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