Saturday, March 8, 2008

Today in History. Year: 1966.

A baby boy was born.

That boy grew up and now is a man.

I could go on and on but that would spoil my plan.

Today in History. Year: 1966.

Happy Birthday Hubby!

At 42 - you never looked so good.

Even more amazing what a Godly man you are and becoming.

I'm thankful for you every moment of living.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Physical Church Building - Open

Yes, the physical church building is OPEN today.

The Parents Night Out is still on. (Time: 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.)

Thank you.

Moments In-Between The Dash & After

My mom just relayed the following story to me... Stay with me here...

My mom's boyfriend had worked with the grandfather of the teen aged girl who died last Sunday here in G-town. They had also been neighbors years ago. So, yesterday, my mom went with Hoover to the service. My cousin, Kim, and her family are a part of the local church body where the girl and her family are as well.

After the service was over..... My cousin Kim came and found my mom. My mom explained why she was there - Hoover's connections to the family.. My cousin Kim then told my mom that this girl's parents are some of their closest friends. So close in fact that they had actually come to her Uncle's service... They did not know him personally, but because of how Kim talked about her Uncle L. - they came. They thought it was the best celebration service for someone they had ever been to. That is I'm sure until yesterday.....

For I know there were countless individuals who were there in attendance at that service for their daughter who did not know her personally - or not that well - but were there because of how she was talked about by those who did.

It seems that Alyssa and Kim's Uncle L (my daddy) had one thing in common....

They were a bright light for Christ.

Moments in-between the dash and after....

Think about it. Is your light shining bright or is it hidden?

Or do you even know the Only Real Power Source?

(Please keep the family and all connected in your prayers.)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Physical Building Closing

Due to bad weather - the physical church building is closing today at 4:00 p.m.

Thank you.

Reflecting Moments.

There are moments in life where we are a part of things that come and go. We think it is for one time - one span of fleeting moments. One such time I spoke about here: High Heels. Raspberries.

Little did I know that the woman I met that day would show up in the current Bible study I'm teaching on the Sermon on the Mount. There's a questionnaire each woman participating has to fill out for me as we begin each new study. As I read the last question which asks, "Any thing going into this study you think would be helpful for me to know?" - her answer was one that rang in my soul and through my brown high heels. I looked up at her and she smiled deeply at me.... I could not help but go put my arms around her and hug her tight. Her name is Mary.

Another woman answered that same question, "You know my parents." I had been on staff with her mom at another ministry and had often spent many moments praying for her, her husband, and their daughter with her mom. Here she was now sitting in my class having moved to G-town. The connection with her parents goes even deeper. My in-laws had once upon a time gone on a mission trip with them to Kenya. Hubby and I did not really know them then even though we were a part of that same local body. There is another connection that I will keep silent on here. Her name is Debra.

As we were going around the room, the women were introducing themselves to the group. One shared that she was awakened at 4:30 a.m. knowing she was supposed to come to my class instead of the one she was intending on going to. Then, she said, "I heard you speak some time ago at an event. We met that day. I still remember so much about what you said that day." Her name is Kathleen.

Another shared that after sitting with me at lunch last Tuesday and hearing the women who had been in that class talk about me... she knew she had to be in this class. Then she put it together whose wife I am.... Brother G and her hubby had played softball together in the fall and will be again here in a couple of weeks too. Her name is Tricia.

The point of this is simple.... The moments are not fleeting even though they come and go. Prayers prayed will not return void. We must be intentional about our moments for they are not truly ours alone. And God can and does use any ordinary Tuesday to do extraordinary things. I am so thankful to be a part in whatever ways He allows me.

Reflecting moments. May they only reflect His grace, mercy, love, peace and forgiveness.

Please pray for these women and the others involved in the class. And for their teacher who is walking along side of them learning as we go following The Master.

Wearing High Heels Can Be A Testimony of the Great Physician's Power

Monday, March 3, 2008

This Community Does It Right.

Our community had another teenager die last night. She was sixteen years old. Tonight, there is a gathering at the local church body in which she was a part of for all who knew her. Not just those who went to that church... All who knew her and her family.

One thing I can say about Shelley and Ryan, without question, is that they are becoming experts in dealing with grief and student ministry since their short time here. They have cancelled what our student body had planned for tonight so that it did not keep anyone from attending the gathering at the other church. Shelley and Ryan will walk through these days with the part-time intern student minister at that church.

Please be in prayer for all involved. There were three teens involved in the car accident. I cannot begin to imagine what her two sisters are going through right now nor her parents. Of course, our community is still fresh from Josh's passing.

This community does it right. And I, for one, am thankful to know that when times like these happen - what church someone belongs to or attends does not matter. All are welcome.

(Shelley and Ryan... You two are loved beyond words.)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Certain Individuals...

One of the highlights of ministry for me so far has been time spent with certain individuals. Not easy times mind you... but definitely worth each and every moment.

Friday afternoon, I heard from one of these certain individuals. I hadn't heard from or seen her in months. Frankly... wasn't sure if she was still alive or not. Then, ring went my cell phone showing a text message from an unknown number. The timing.... unbelievable!!!

Tonight, I heard from her again... and another certain individual. We're going to try to get together here real soon at their request... this week or next.

Certain individuals can make imprints on our souls.... And these two definitely fit that bill.


It's Gonna Be Good!

This morning we're set to baptize 5 individuals. 3 in the first service and two in the second. I'm excited! God is truly doing some amazing things in the life of our local church body. Come and catch the wave!

Tuesday morn., I'm set to start another Bible study. This one is on the Sermon on the Mount. My study in preparation for it has made me so incredibly thankful to be able to teach others about His Word yet again. It's going to be a wonderful journey. God's will permitting of course.

Today... It's Gonna Be Good!

Tuesday... It's Gonna Be Good!

As Christ followers we're called to follow Him each moment of every day. Even when the moments are not so good - He is. And each one can be made into something beautiful because of Him.

If you're not familiar with the Sermon on the Mount or if it's been awhile since you've studied it... I encourage you to get a Bible, God's Word, and open it up to Matthew 5: 3-10 and dive in.

It's Gonna Be Good!