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Sunday Night Reflections

Boy, we got hit hard by the flu at Solid Rock Church. We had several people who weren't in church today because of the flu and other ailments. I think some people have gotten the flu twice this season. Let's pray it'll all be over soon. Today was the second week of 3:16 , our current series. I'm really enjoying this in-depth look at a very common verse in the Bible. I think we're all guilty at one time or another of glossing over the passages that are more common to us, and looking for something "new" and different. But as Max Lucado says, we need to return to the truth found in John 3:16. Several of us made a commitment to memorize Ephesians 3:16-19, one of the passages we read during this morning's sermon. I'd like for us to recite it Sunday morning. What do you think? Can we do it? Sure we can! Just don't put it off. Get to work on it early in the week. I suggest you write the passage down on index cards that you can carry in your pocket o

Lessons from a track meet

Ryan and I went to a track meet this afternoon, and we had a great time watching some great races. As always, there are lots of lessons to learn from running. That's why Paul often used running a race as a metaphor for the Christian life. Here are a few things I learned today: 1. We're never alone and forgotten . We watched a young man from Big Spring set a new meet record in his division for the 1600 meters. As he started the last of four laps, most of the people in the stands seemed to know that he had a chance to set a new record, so as he ran the last hundred yards or so, there was no one even close to him, but we were all cheering him on from the stands, hoping he would break the record. This reminded me what the Bible says in Hebrews 12:1: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. There are many people who

Sunday Night Reflections

Today was a great day! I was at church by 7:00 this morning getting ready for the Easter Service, and what a great service it was. It was exciting to see that we had a full house, but even more exciting to be reminded of God's love for us. The "3:16" series is going to be great. We had several people show up yesterday for our work day. (I'll post some pictures later this week.) Every report I received was that everyone worked hard. Thanks! You are all making a a difference at Solid Rock. I really love one of the songs we sang this morning. At the Cross has been on my mind all day and evening. Great melody, interesting chord progressions, and powerful lyrics make for a great song, but add the anointing of the Holy Spirit on the songwriter,! So what did you guys think of our youth vocal ensemble? I thought they did a great job. And now we can say we were there for their debut! Let's stay focused on our mission. Continue to pray for the "3:16" se


I can't wait for Sunday! I love Sundays. There are some Saturday nights I have a hard time going to sleep because of how much I anticipate church the next day. I can tell tomorrow is going to be one of those Saturdays. I'm excited about this Sunday being Easter. Easter is easily the most important holiday on the calendar. Everything we believe about Jesus, and the Bible, and the church, is centered on the resurrection of Christ. I'm also excited about beginning our new sermon series, "3:16", based on Max Lucado's latest book. John 3:16 is the most recognizable verse in the Bible, but its familiarity doesn't lessen its value and importance. We'll be talking for the next six weeks about the truths found in this verse. I hope you'll make it a point to be at Solid Rock for the beginning of "3:16", but don't come alone. Bring someone to church with you this Easter!

2100 Minutes of Prayer

Sunday night, we kicked off 2100 Minutes of Prayer for Easter . What this is, is 30 people praying 10 minutes a day for seven days for our Easter service. Let's stay focused on praying these ten minutes a day, and expect God to do something great in our hearts and lives Easter morning.

Sunday Night Reflections

What a great day we had today! We had a good service this morning, as we began Holy Week. The worship was good, and the topic of today's message (The Foolishness of the Cross) was one that needs to be heard even more. We live in a period of time when many preachers are focusing their messages only on how God loves us and has a plan for us. That's completely true, but it's not the complete truth. The cross reminds us that Jesus died to pay a debt we owed, and that we must repent of our sins in order to receive the free gift of eternal life that Jesus offers us. This evening we had a church family meeting. We talked about some practical ways to prepare for Easter, passed out the 3:16 Promise Books that we are using as invitations to the Easter Service, and spent time praying for those we are inviting to the Easter Service. I'm really excited the new series we're starting this Sunday. It's called 3:16, and it's based on Max Lucado's new book by the same tit


Today is Bethany's birthday! It was during the week of Spring Break in 1984 that she was born at Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi. I still enjoy watching the videos of her first few days and years on this earth. It's hard to believe she has grown up. When she was a little girl, she used to love to eat chicken. She couldn't make the "ch" sound, so she would say, "I want kicken". So we're going to have chicken for lunch for her birthday. It was also because of her that we started a tradition many years ago, and that was to go to San Antonio to watch the Spurs on the week of her birthday. We hadn't done it in a while, but we're going back to this tradition this Monday. Happy birthday, Beth!

Holy Week

I'm really excited about the beginning of Holy Week. This coming week allows us as Christians to recall Jesus' last week on earth before his death and resurrection. It's tempting to commemorate this week by rote, with no time for true reflection and worship. I hope you'll join me in going beyond that and make this a truly special week in which we offer our praise and our lives to the One who gave his life for our salvation. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. Let's begin the week with a passionate time of sincere worship. See you in church!

Sunday Night Reflections

Today we finished two sermon series at Solid Rock. The Sunday morning series was on marriage and went for four weeks. I can honestly say that I learned quite a bit preparing for these messages. The Sunday evening series was on Miracles, as we looked at different lessons from some of Jesus' miracles. God really did something special during these services. I'm really excited about our next series. It's called 3:16, and it's based on Max Lucado's new book. It's going to be great! I'm really tired right now. I haven't felt this worn out in a long time. Most of it has to do with me just having had a long and full week and weekend. Of course, it doesn't help that we lost an hour of sleep last night with the time change. Every week, I thank God for our church family. I really love you guys!

Lord of the Rings>Submit or Sub-me?

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord . For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. (Ephesians 5:22-23) Submit comes from a Greek word that means "to yield to authority." The reason so many people have such a problem with submission in marriage is that they have a misconception of the concept. The common view of submission is that of the husband spread out in a recliner while his wife serves as a submissive slave, doing all the work. Nothing could be further from biblical truth. Look at the preceding verse. All believers are to be "submitting to one another." We are to willingly give up our rights, our possessions, our time, our energy to help, love, and encourage each other. In that sense, husbands also submit to wives. Here's what biblical submission does mean: It means God has an order in the family. In the military, there are people with different ranks, but they are all eq

CORE VALUES by Dr. George O. Wood

I just finished reading Core Values , the latest book by Dr. George O. Wood. Dr. Wood wrote this book last fall, shortly after he was elected General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God at the General Council in Indianapolis. In this book, Dr. Wood expands on the five core values he has identified for his administration: Passionately proclaim, at home and abroad, by word and deed Jesus as Savior, Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, Healer, and Soon Coming King. Strategically invest in the next generation Vigorously plant new churches Skillfully resource our Fellowship Fervently pray for God’s favor and help as we serve Him with pure hearts and noble purpose I really enjoyed reading this book. Dr. Wood uses personal experiences, strong convictions, and practical ideas to call our fellowship to return to these fundamental values. The five core values might seem to imply more of the same (status quo) but really, Dr. Wood gives a fresh approach to our calling and our mission. I found myself

Time change this weekend!

That's's time to spring forward. This one's hard on me because after this time change, I'm not ready to go to bed until late because my body thinks it's an hour earlier, and I'm definitely not ready to get up an hour earlier in the morning. But no matter, it's something we have to do. So don't forget to set your clocks forward before you go to bed Saturday night so you won't be late to church Sunday morning.

Lord of the Rings, part 3

Tomorrow we will continue the series on marriage with a message that will be directed primarily at wives, but needs to be heard by everyone. I must say that even after being married 25 years, I've really learned a lot in preparing the messages in this series. Let's continue the learning together tomorrow morning.