JURY DUTY………….I just finished serving on a two day trial for Benton County. Thank you for your patience while I was away–I have to say that I thought that there would be no way that the Prosecuting Attorney and the Defending Attorney would select me. “There is no way they are going to select me out of 40 people to serve on the six member jury.” I thought to myself, “I’m a pastor–surely that wouldn’t want someone like me!” I brought my book and figured that I’d get an extra hour of reading Wednesday morning while I waited to hear that my number was not called. No big deal. No hassles. I would do my civic duty by showing up and then return to Peace.

Sure enough, I was called to be one of the six. Isn’t that how life works.

I wanted to share some general observations from my experience:

1. It is a blessing to have our “due process” system. I am thankful for those who have worked to make our system work the way it does.

2. The law too is a blessing. The law encourages orderliness, respect and honor–these are excellent virtues.

3. People have an innate desire to do what is just. I was greatly impressed with the other jurors that sat on our case. All expressed humility with the awesome responsibility of making a decision that would impact other people’s lives.

4. Make sure to turn off your cell phone in the courtroom! During an important part of the trial, my cell phone went off! ARGH! I promise to have more compassion now for those whose cell phones go off in church. I do not have a leg to stand on.

Thanks again for being patient with me with this week! God’s blessings this weekend!

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT…………..We are still in need of people to help set up and take down for the event on Tuesday, August 4th. If you would like to assist, please contact me!

ACTS OF THE APOSTLES…………..This Sunday we will be taking an in-depth look at Stephen in Acts 6 and 7. Read ahead and be ready to join in the discussion. Discussion begins at 8:30 am.