Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Night Reflections

  • Today's theme was compassion for lost souls. Can we really learn to feel what Jesus felt when he wept for the lost people of Israel? The answer is "no" if we don't learn to pray like Jesus prayed! We've got to do the kneework (prayer) before we do the legwork (going to the highways and byways to bring people to Jesus).
  • Easter is in two weeks! I'm pumped!
  • How far are we willing to go to bring people to church this Easter? Far enough to put your pastor in a box on the roof of the church? I think not!
  • We kicked off My Save 5 tonight. Take advantage of the networks God has placed you in to invite people to the Easter Service. Expand your networks; expand your influence; use your influence.
  • Here's the link to the Ed Stetzer blog post with the survey results I talked about tonight.
  • Did I mention that Easter is in two weeks?
  • It was a great Sunday, but I'm dead tired. Time for sleep. Have a great week.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ryan's track season...

has been disappointing. Not because of any lack of success, but because of a lack of being able to run. He strained a hamstring muscle at the first track meet, and it still hasn't healed enough for him to run. He did try running in two subsequent meets but he wasn't well enough to complete his races. So it's a few more days (weeks?) of rest.

Still, I'm really pleased with his track experiences at Cornerstone. As you can see in the following pics, I feel like the priorities are right on: God first. Their coach always prays with the students before they compete. I love that!

These pics are from the first track meet of the year. Ryan won the 2400 meter run and the 1600 meter run that night.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Night Reflections

It's been two weeks since the time change, and I still haven't gotten used to it. The older I get, the longer it seems to take me to adjust.

Had some great fellowship at lunch today with some great guys who visited our church this morning. They will be at Goodfellow AFB for some short-term training. I'm glad they looked us up.

Spring break is over! Our kids get back to a regular routine tomorrow. I'm sad, but I'm grateful for a good spring break with my family.

Today was a great day. I love the Solid Rock Church family. You guys have a great week!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Easter at Solid Rock Church

Every year, the most exciting day for me is Easter Sunday. I get so excited when Easter comes around because of the opportunity we have to celebrate Jesus' resurrection! Can you imagine how hopeless our lives would be if it weren't for Jesus' resurrection? I enjoy the entire season: recalling his last few days before he was arrested, tortured, and crucified, and, of course, his resurrection from the dead.

Another reason I really like Easter is because of the opportunity to reach people who don't normally attend church. Many people are open to an invitation to go to church on Easter. We are being irresponsible if we don't step out and invite someone to come to church with us on Easter Sunday.

So start thinking and praying about who you can invite to Easter at Solid Rock Church on April 12. It's going to be an exciting day.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I'm really sorry...

for the following joke. I just had to share it with you.

Bob Hill and his wife Betty were vacationing in Transylvania. Driving in a storm, they had a wreck. Both were hurt, especially Betty. So Bob carried her to a nearby farmhouse. A hunched man, Igor, answered the door, and called to his master, a scientist. The Hills were taken to the lab downstairs, where they were placed on tables. Despite the scientist's best efforts, both died. Disconsolate, the scientist went upstairs to play his piano. Igor, cleaning the lab, noticed that both Bob and Betty were moving. He ran upstairs. "Master, master," he exclaimed. "The Hills are alive with the sound of music!"

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

10 Things You Must Know About People

For the past three weeks, I've been preaching a series titled "People". Drawn from the first chapter of Philippians, the three messages so far have been: Thank God for the People in Your Life, Pray for the People in Your Life, and be Patient With the People in Your Life.

A few days ago, Scott Williams had a post on his blog that started with "Life is about people...". Of course, it got my attention pretty quickly. In the post, he included a list by John Maxwell titled "10 Things You Must Know About People". It really ties in well with our current series, so here it is.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday Night Reflections

  • This morning, I talked about being patient with the people in our lives. Remember, we are all a work in progress, but God will finish this work he has begun in our lives.
  • My heart is broken for the family and the congregation of Dr. Fred Winters, pastor of First Baptist Church in Maryville, IL. He was shot and killed while he was preaching by a man who walked into the church this morning. So many questions, and so few answers. In times like these, we need a solid foundation for our lives. Thank God for His presence and for His Word.
  • For those of you who were in the 6:00 service tonight: Make time to hear from God. You know what I'm talking about!
  • We're celebrating the 60th anniversary of BGMC this year. The Solid Rock children will have a birthday party for Buddy Barrel next Sunday evening.
  • We desperately need rain in San Angelo. Let's pray for God to send it this week.
  • Have a great week!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Oh, What a night!

I feel like I had a full week tonight. We went to Christoval for Ryan's first track meet of the year. It was a very long night. We didn't leave there until after 9:30, and on the way home, Joey called that he had had a blowout. So we made a detour so I could help him change the tire. So now, we have to buy a new tire tomorrow, along with other errands that I have to run before we leave to La Grange to see my mother-in-law tomorrow afternoon. Thankfully, Joey is going to take care of buying the tire so we can get on the road ASAP.

Speaking of my mother-in-law, please continue to pray for her. She continues to have complications with her health. It looks like she is going to have a third operation, all within a period of three weeks. Things don't look promising, but I know that the table is set for God to work a miracle.

Thanks for your prayers.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sunday Night Reflections

Ryan just got back from the Texas Christian Athletic League (TCAL) State basketball tournament where his team, the Cornerstone Lions, lost in the championship game. I wish I could've been there but I just couldn't make it. The Lady Lions won the state championship for the sixth consecutive year! That's quite a feat!

We had interesting weather patterns this past week. Record highs and near record highs, and then freezing overnight temperatures. All we need now is snow. It could happen. It happened in April on Easter a couple of years ago.

The current Sunday morning series is called "People". This morning, I spoke on praying for the people in your life. Don't forget to do that this week.

Have a great week. I'm going to bed!