First of all, pre-teens and teenagers, simply, brace yourself, don’t need cellphones.
So says Dr. Russell D. Moore, the Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in his blog, Moore to the Point.
I would only add that if teenagers do have cell phones, I like the idea of them turning in their cell phones to their parents every night before they go to bed so that they don't talk and text into the night. I know one parent who has a 9:00 PM turn-in time for his teenager's cell phone. Not an unreasonable time.
I'm amazed at the number of people from Solid Rock Church who are ill. It's been a rough flu and cold season. That's not including others who are dealing with other illness and injuries not related to the flu. Let's continue to lift each other up in prayer for health and healing.
I'm excited about the start of the Spring Semester of Small Groups this week. The groups have all taken shape and are ready to start. There's still room for you to invite unchurched friends and family to join. It's going to be a great semester!
We started a new sermon series this morning titled "People". It's about, well...people. This morning's message was Thank God for the People in Your Life. Next week, the message will be Pray for the People in Your Life.
Are you on Twitter yet? Sign up to receive updates on your cell phone via text messages from Solid Rock by going to Twitter.com/solidrocksa and signing up for a free account. You'll have to go to the Settings tab to set up your device so you can receive the updates. Twitter has already helped us get urgent prayer requests out quickly and efficiently.
I'll be thinking and praying for all you fellows SRCers! (Philippians 1:3) Have a great week!
What a week! We kicked it off with a church-wide day of prayer and fasting on Monday, and on Tuesday, things began to happen that let us know why God called us to pray and fast the day before: the Trejos lost their infant grand daughter and my mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. It been a tough week, all right, but God is bigger than any of our problems.
Don't forget to sign up for one of the small groups which will begin on Wednesday, February 25th. Don't wait too long to sign up because we will cap off the groups before they get too big. If that happens, you may end up in a group that wasn't your first choice. If you want to sign up before Sunday, contact me and let me know which group you would like to attend: The Life You've Always Wanted; If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat; The Purpose-Driven Life; or Nooma.
I saw Fireproof with my family tonight. It's just a good story. I'm glad my wife got to see it with me tonight. The first time I saw it, I was with Ryan and Joey. It just wasn't the same.
Have a great week! May it be blessed and filled with joy!
I'm spending a few days in San Antonio on an annual trip that I normally enjoy greatly. But this year things are a little different.
The main reason is that I'm hurting, along with the rest of the Solid Rock family, for the loss that the Trejo family suffered when their seven-month-old grandaughter passed away Tuesday afternoon. Please continue to lift them up in prayer.
The other issue is my mother-in-law's illness. She was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday, had surgery on Wednesday, and is still experiencing quite a bit of pain. Please continue to remember her in prayer.
Through all this, I'm strengthened by David's words in Psalm 34: 18-19.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.
I'm so glad we don't have to face tomorrow alone. God is with us.
We had a great prayer time at the altar this evening. "Lord, help us to be a praying church!"
I know that many of you have responded to my call to fast one day tomorrow or another day this week. Remember that fasting is abstaining from food for the purpose of redirecting our appetite toward God, so devote the time you would normally spend eating in seeking God in prayer and through Scripture reading. "Father, I ask a blessing upon the SRCers who have decided to devote one day this week to a day of prayer and fasting."
We had several prayer requests tonight in our service, especially for healing. My heart is broken when I see what some people go through in terms of illnesses. I know that God is not out of ideas when it comes to healing people, so let's continue to intercede and believe God for His miraculous intervention.
We are in the middle of our Spring semester small group sign up. If you haven't decided which small group to sign up for, you have two more Sundays to decide. Obviously, the sooner you decide and sign up, the better, so that we have time to order the study materials.
We had another great fellowship time after our Evening Service tonight. Wow! I love Solid Rock Church!
One day last week, I was feeling so stressed out that I let out a long sigh as I was getting ready to start the day. Immediately, my wife asked, "What's wrong?" She recognized that it wasn't a regular sigh.
The next morning, I read Psalm 5:1.
Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.
Consider my sighing. I almost wept when I read that. God is so compassionate and so sensitive to our needs that even our sighing gets His attention.
Go ahead and sigh. And know that God is listening.