Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve service

Looking forward to the service tonight at 11:00 PM. Don't forget that we have a pre-service fellowship starting at 10:00. See you there!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday Night Reflections

Many times, the Sunday after Christmas is lightly attended in most churches. Not so at Solid Rock today. Our attendance this morning wasn't quite what it has been lately, but it was pretty close. That's encouraging.

December is always a flurry of activities, both personally and church-wise. Still, I'm enjoying a little down time to get my batteries recharged. At the same time, it allows me to reflect on where Solid Rock is headed in 2009. I think it's going to be a great year!

Don't miss our New Year's Eve service this Wednesday at 11:00 PM. Our pre-service fellowship time will begin at 10:00 instead of 10:30 as I announced this morning because it turns out we're going to have menudo (the Mexican dish, not the band) along with the refreshments. Still, the focus of the evening will be on the service, not the food, so even if you can't make it at 10:00 for the fellowship, don't miss the service at 11:00.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Focus on Your Marriage

I've updated my podcast to include a message from the Parenthood series. You can find my podcast on iTunes (search for Solid Rock Church) or just listen to it on the media player on this page.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve Service tonight

Our Christmas Eve Service will begin at 6:30 tonight. Make it a family event by bringing the entire family. See you tonight!

(Don't be late or you might miss the opening scripture by a surprise "guest".)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

You've got to read this!

There is an amazing story on ESPN the Magazine's website about a football game that was played in Grapevine last month, but it's really about much more than just a game. Read it here.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday Night Reflections

Wow! What a great Christmas program we saw tonight! The kids did a great job in Live from Bethlehem. I laughed so hard in certain parts that I literally cried. That hadn't happened in years. Thank you Betty, Magaly, and Joey for working so hard to put it together. You are all a great blessing to Solid Rock Church.

Today was the last Sunday of the Christmas Offering, and I'm excited to say that we not only met our giving goal, but we more than doubled it! After tonight's offering, the grand total came out to more than $1000! Thank you Solid Rock family and friends for being so generous! We will send this offering to Teen Challenge of the Permian Basin this week.

We concluded our Christmas sermon series today, and I'm so thankful to God for what he did during these three weeks. We had at least one person come to Christ at each of the three services in this series. Let's pray fervently for the four people who made commitments to follow Christ. They will need our prayers and support.

Center your family celebration around the Christmas Eve Service this Wednesday at 6:30. We'll have beautiful music, an inspiring message, and free Christmas bags with fruit and candy for all the children. See you there!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Offering

We're still more than $200 away from reaching our $500 goal for our Christmas Offering. You still have one more opportunity to give your offering this Sunday. Let's make a difference in the lives of young adults who are struggling with substance abuse. Let's make this Sunday's Christmas Offering the biggest one of the the three weeks!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Banquet

I hope you're making plans to be at the Christmas Banquet this Friday at 6:00 PM at Nacho's Restaurant. The cost will be $12.50 per person for a beef fajitas buffet. We'll have a wonderful time of fun, food, and fellowship.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday Night Reflections

  • This was close to being a perfect day! We had a great service this morning, and a good study tonight on why the Virgin Birth is a critically important doctrine. But what made today even better was spending some quality family time after the evening service. We went out to eat to celebrate Joey's excellent grades this semester (like we need a reason to go out to eat), and then we went to see the lights along the river, and ended the evening with a little trip to Starbucks. Life is good.
  • The Solid Rock children and youth are busily preparing for Live from Bethlehem! They will perform it next Sunday night at 6:00. Can't wait!
  • We're having our annual Solid Rock Christmas Banquet this Friday night at 6:00 at Nacho's Restaurant, 2502 W. Loop 306. For $12.50, you can eat all the fajitas you want, enjoy great conversation, and listen to some beautiful Christmas music.
  • And the next day, Lino and Bernice are hosting a Christmas party for couples at their house. So much good eating in a short period of time! I'll have to be good all week so I can enjoy the good food on the weekend.
  • If you haven't given your Christmas offering yet, you have one more Sunday in which to give it. Let's give sacrificially this weekend. I think it will make it a more meaningful Christmas for us.
  • Have a great week!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Offering

There are many opportunities for us to be materialistic this Christmas, but I'd like to give you a chance to redirect some your Christmas gift funds to a very worthy cause. This year at Solid Rock, we want to send a Christmas offering to Teen Challenge of the Permian Basin. They are trying to raise $30,000 to build a new women's dorm. I believe in what Teen Challenge is doing, so I'd like to do our share in helping them to raise these funds.

If you haven't already given your special Christmas offering, you may give it this Sunday or the Sunday after that. We'd like to send it in the week of December 22.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Classical Music

Took a trip to Midland with Lillian, Bethany, and Ryan for Ryan's basketball game tonight. We went in Bethany's car, which has satellite radio. On the way up, we were listening to a Classical station that was playing Christmas music, specifically choral music. It was just beautiful! We got to hear music from Handel's Messiah (For Unto Us a Child is Born), as well as performances by Luciano Pavarrotti, the King's Singers, and many others. It made for great traveling.

Oh, Ryan's team won the game. Ryan had a double double. For the uninitiated, that means he scored double digits in points and rebounds.

It was a good evening.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunday Night Reflections

  • The excitement from the fall campaign continues. It's great to see some of the families that started attending during the Nothing's Too Hard for God series continue to attend.
  • Started the Christmas series today--The Christ of Christmas. Today's message, The Christ of Christmas is God, was about the divinity of Jesus. Over the past couple of years. this topic of the divinity of Jesus has recaptured my attention. Next week's message will be The Christ of Christmas is King, followed by The Christ of Christmas is Savior.
  • Our children and youth are rehearsing for their Christmas program, Live from Bethlehem, which will be presented December 21st at 6:00 PM. It's gonna be good!
  • We're having a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 pm. It'll be a great opportunity to center your family Christmas Celebration around the worship of Jesus.
  • This time of years, things are moving fast and furious! Don't allow yourself to be distracted. Stay centered on Jesus.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Sermon

Just in case you hadn't noticed, I put up a new sermon on my podcast. You can also listen to it using the media player here on my blog. This sermon, The Training Ground, is from the Parenthood series.