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Showing posts from January, 2008

Stupid Financial Mistakes

Perry Noble of New Spring Church in South Carolina posted a list of the top seven financial mistakes he ever made. They fall right in line with what we've been talking about in our current Sunday morning series, In God We Trust . Read the list of seven here and here.

My Blessed Business

Some thoughts from this past Sunday's sermon: The tithe belongs to God. Not to us. To God. The word "tithe" means tenth. The Bible says that one tenth of everything that God has given us belongs to him. The average Christian in the U.S. only gives about two percent of his income to the work of the Lord. Fewer than three percent of those who call themselves followers of Christ honor and obey God with the tithe. God has given each of us a business--the business of managing our financial resources. But if we don't return the tithe to God, we are robbing him (literally "embezzling"), and we place our business under a curse. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it. (Haggai 1:6) But if we return the tithe to God, He promises to open the floodgates of heaven and pour out such a blessing t

In God We Trust

This Sunday, we will continue our series titled In God We Trust , in which we are looking at God's principles for managing our money. We've talked the last two weeks about how God has given all of us a small business--managing our financial resources. This Sunday, we're going to talk about how our business can be blessed by God. Don't miss it!

Roe v. Wade

Today is the 35th anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. How much do you really know about Roe v. Wade?

Act Your Wage

Some key thoughts from this past Sunday's sermon: Stop spending money you don't have. Live within your means. Learn to say "no" for a little while so you can say "yes" for the rest of your life. Before going into debt, learn to ask "What will be the real cost of this debt in terms of stressed relationships and lost opportunities in the future?" Train your money. (budget) Pray before you pay. No impulse buying. Plan for emergencies. (The "Oh, no" fund) Eliminate overhead. Use the debt snowball. Build a reserve fund. With hard work, sacrifice, and discipline, you can get out of debt. Remember, God is on your side.

In God We Trust

I'm really excited about the current sermon series. It's called In God We Trust , and it's about learning to manage God's money. Last week's message was Mind Your Own Business , and tomorrow's message will be Act Your Wage . Don't miss tomorrow's service. It'll be worth your while.

How to attend service 52 weeks in a row

I ran across this post on how to attend a church service 52 weeks a year. What's interesting about this is that it is not written by a pastor. Quite frankly, it was written by someone who until recently was not a church-goer. The comment about adult beverages notwithstanding, this is great advice! How to attend service 52 weeks in a row.

Guitar Hero I'm Not

Laughing at how bad I am at this! I'll stick to the piano.

Week of Prayer

We've been meeting every night this week for prayer. I was looking forward to this week but it's been even better than I expected. There's something special about being able to slow down and quiet our spirits in God's presence. I truly enjoy being able to pray together with the Solid Rock Church family. Tonight's service was especially moving. I was blessed to see the adults speak to our youth and pray for them. May God continue to bless our teenagers and children. We have two more evenings of prayer. Let's make the most of this opportunity to meet together for prayer and praise.

Quotes on Prayer

Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. -Corrie Ten Boom Prayer in private results in boldness in public. -Edwin Louis Cole We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties. -Oswald Chambers I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. -Abraham Lincoln Prayer is the language of a man burdened with a sense of need. -E.M. Bounds

Praying Hyde

During this Week of Prayer , I'd like to introduce you to the story of a missionary named John Hyde. He was known as Praying Hyde. That says a lot about him, doesn't it? The following information was taken from the Christian History Institute. Please take the time to read it and reflect on the life of this man of prayer. "Give me Souls, O God, or I die!" That became the plea of John Hyde, born on November 9, 1865 in Carrollton, Illinois. John's family were praying people. Consequently, as a young man, he learned to pray expecting results. John's brother Edmund went as a student missionary to Montana, where he contracted a fever and died. John wondered if he should take Edmund's place. During his senior year at McCormick Theological Seminary, he came to the room of his friend Mr. Konkle near midnight, saying he wanted all Konkle's arguments in favor of going to the foreign mission field. "I told him that he knew as much about the foreign field

Week of Prayer

The Assemblies of God Week of Prayer will be held from January 6-12. In addition to the Sunday evening service which will focus on prayer, we will have a prayer meeting on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings beginning at 7:00. Our monthly InterMission service will be held on Wednesday starting at 7:00 PM. The Spanish Prayer Group will meet Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM. Yes, that's right--we're going to meet for prayer every day of the week! We know from the Scriptures that God responds when we devote ourselves to prayer. Let's get serious about seeking God as we begin the new year.