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Sunday Night Reflections

Missionaries Nestor and Ivette Medina were with us this morning, and boy, what a great time we had. I was really challenged by the message and by the stories of faith and power. I had the privilege of sharing a couple of meals with the Medinas, so I heard several other stories that they didn't have time to share in the service. All I can say is that my faith has been challenged and strengthened. Let's continue to pray for the Medinas. We're going to resume our current sermon series called Parenthood next Sunday morning. I hope you plan to make every Sunday of the rest of the series because it's going to get good! The Bible has a lot to say on this subject, much of which is being ignored by many parents today. If you want to step up as a parent, coming to this series would be a great way to get started. As we speed toward the beginning of our Fall Campaign, it's very important that everyone be at this Wednesday's InterMission . We'll be talking about the cam

Missionaries Nestor and Ivette Medina

We're taking a break from our current sermon series this Sunday to welcome Missionaries Nestor and Ivette Medina . The Medinas are missionaries to Nicaragua where they are reaching out to the Mizquito Indians. I'm really excited to have them return to SRC to share of their work in Nicaragua. They will be at SRC for the morning service. It's gonna be good!

Sunday Night Reflections

We added a new member to our praise team today--Jeremy W. He did a great job on drums, didn't he? The only downside is that he'll only be here for a few more months. Oh well, we'll just have to make the most of it. We started a new series on parenting this morning. Today we talked about how we as parents have the opportunity to affect not only our children, but our grandchildren, and subsequent generations as well. I've been a parent for more than 24 years, and I still have much to learn. With God's help, we'll all learn together over the next few weeks. We are one month away from the start of our fall campaign, Nothing's Too Hard for God . This coming Sunday we will start signing up for small groups. Can't wait! I'm excited about Joey starting college tomorrow, but not nearly as excited as he is. It'll be a great week for him! I've got to be up early tomorrow, so bedtime! Have a great week!

Back to school prayer

This Sunday morning, we are going to pray for all the students and teachers who will be returning to school next week, as well as those who already started school last week. This is an important service--don't miss it!

They dropped the baton--twice!

I couldn't believe my eyes! I've been enjoying watching the Olympics, especially the track events (my favorite part). But it was hard to watch tonight when the men's 4x100 relay team dropped the baton on the last exchange. And then the women's team did the same thing on the same exchange! That has sermon illustration written all over it!

Sunday Night Reflections

The study in the book of James has been pretty amazing. It's taken us to so many different places that I believe God wants us to go. Lots of practical teaching there, but also lots of opportunities to simply respond to God's Spirit. Tonight's service was just awesome! I believe God truly ministered to people who really needed a touch from Him. I just enjoyed being in His presence and receiving His grace and power. It was just awesome! What a beautiful rain we've received over the last two days! It's been coming down gently but steadily. Thank you, God! I realize we still have lots of very hot days left this summer, but this fall-like weather was a nice interruption. Last Wednesday at InterMission, I laid out some of the plans for our fall campaign, Nothing's Too Hard for God. All I can say is "Get ready!" Get ready to pray, to work hard, and to see God do some amazing things. This coming Sunday, we will have an anointing service for all the students a

Shocking Number of Tweens Watch R-rated Movies

I just don't get this at all. Where are the parents? From Christina Quick's blog: An R rating for violence isn’t enough to keep many tweens and young teens from seeing inappropriate movies, a recent survey shows. In a Dartmouth Medical School study published this month in Pediatrics , researchers revealed nearly half of children between the ages of 10 and 14 had viewed at least one of a list of extremely violent R-rated movies. Read more.

Church rejects donation from lottery winner

After Robert Powell hit the Florida Lottery jackpot last month and took home more than $6 million, he thought of his church. And he offered to drop his tithe, around $600,000, in the collection plate of First Baptist Orange Park. But the church and Pastor David Tarkington politely declined and told Powell they will not accept the lottery winnings. Read more

Sunday Night Reflections

We had two great services today. The attendance this morning was higher than usual, but it's only going to get better. Wednesday, at InterMission, I'm going to announce an attendance goal that's going to be through the roof! Beyond the attendance, what was really encouraging about today's services was to see people seeking God with all their hearts. That's what our services should be about. Once again, the Mega Sports Camp was outstanding this year! We had more children than ever, the workers were diligent in doing their jobs, and God's Word was taught in fresh and relevant ways. Thanks to everyone who worked hard this past week, especially to the Mega Sports Camp director, Bernice. It's not an easy job, but once again, she did it in an outstanding manner. Solid Rock Church is blessed to have her, as well as everyone else who worked so hard. I'll put up some pictures of from the camp later this week. I'm really excited about this month's InterMis

Our anniversary!

Twenty-six years ago today (at 6:00 PM), Lillian and I were married in Corpus Christi at the Kelsey Memorial United Methodist Church. It hardly seems possible we've been married twenty-six years. As I look at these pictures, my first thought is, "We were just kids! What were we doing getting married?" Ah, but we were in love!


I've added a podcast to the mix! I've been thinking about doing this for a while now, so a couple of months ago I finally began to work on creating it. Look for the media player on the side panel under the Podcast label. If you click on the "Posts" button, you'll see the different podcast episodes. (I only have two so far.) You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Remember, you don't have to have an iPod to use iTunes. iTunes will simply download the newest episode for you automatically. Then you can download it to an iPod or just listen to it at your computer using iTunes. You can also subscribe by email or by adding the podcast to your start page. Or you can just play it from my blog. Hope you enjoy it!

Sunday Night Reflections

Today was different. We've been spending a few days on a family mini-vacation, so I was not at Solid Rock Church. I really enjoyed the family time, but I also really missed being at Solid Rock. Still, it was a much-needed and much-appreciated break for us. Thanks to everyone who stepped up today while I was gone. All of you make Solid Rock better. So I decided that we really only need two things for a successful family vacation: food and shopping! Tomorrow is the beginning of our annual Mega Sports Camp. Really looking forward to ministering to the children and just having a good time. Have a great week!