Pastor

Rev. David L. Kruse

Hello Everyone,
Grace and Peace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, in whose service we are all involved. What awesome and wonderful God we have.
I am (retired) Rev. David L. Kruse (PD for short). I am a son of Russell and Uarda (Jacobsen) Kruse of Conrad, Iowa. I have been married to Rev. Annette K. Ruhs Kruse for 39 years. We have 3 children, and 3 and ¾ grandchildren.
I am most humbled and excited to be here in my “home” church to be your pastor. As time goes on, you will come to know me better as I become more familiar with you.
I will be sub bus driving, selectively, for Benton Community, and have applied to North Linn and CPU as I have driven bus for 43 years as part of my servant ministry to the children, school districts and the families.
My e-mail address is pastordave84@gmail.com. My phone # is 712-249-2528. The phone is on 24/7. I would rather be called 7 times when someone is in or going to the hospital or some other type of situation that I need to know about or pray about.
In His service,
Pastor Dave (PD)

Pastor's Corner

Dear Ones,

Grace and Easter Joy to all of you from our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ in whose servant ministry we are all involved. 

In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians 5:21 he wrote, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” This verse should startle us and cause us to be shaken us to our very being. It is not a verse to be read quickly and passed over. As a Christian I am grateful to be forgiven of my sin. I am thankful I have been adopted as a child of God the Father. Yet I will never understand the awesome price that Jesus paid to cleanse me of my sin and to give me His righteousness. How repulsive was it for the sinless Son of God to have every sin of mine placed upon Him? What love was required of the God the Father to watch His only Son bear the unbearable pain of my sin upon the cross?

The prophet Isaiah (64:6) summarized the human condition: “We are all like an unclean thing. And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags”. Even the high priest, Joshua, (Zechariah 3:3) in his high position among God’s people, was clothed in filthy rags before God. Paul worked meticulously to be righteous before God, realized, as recorded in Philippians 3:4-10, that his most exhausting efforts to please God were no more valuable than garbage. Our plight is that nothing we could ever DO could satisfy God’s desire for decency. But the miracle of God the Father’s mercy is that God exchanges our “filthy rags” for “rich robes” of righteousness. 

In this awesome exchange, God placed the sin of all of us upon His sinless Son Jesus The Christ. Jesus became so identified with our sin that Scripture says God made Him to be sin for us in our place. The holy Son of God could not possibly do more for us than this! Experiencing the Father’s wrath upon the sin Jesus carried to the Cross would have been more painful to endure than any human rejection or physical suffering.

This Easter in the midst of the “Hosannas!” of Palm Sunday and the darkness of Holy Week and the Victory of Easter Morning never take the mercy and grace God has given you for granted. Never take the forgiveness of your sin lightly. It cost God a terrible price in order to forgive us and make us Holy before Him. Walk in a holy manner worthy of this Holy gift of His grace He has given you.

Have a wonderful and insightful Easter.  

“Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!”

Blessings and In His Service,

Pastor Dave