Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Mind Dump

  • A very good day. Attendance was back up. Giving was good. Lots of guests.

  • A large stack of cards was turned in today. I haven’t had a chance to look closely at them, (only a glance), but it appears several people committed to Christ today in different ways.

  • A lot of prayer requests were turned in too.

  • I’m glad God is moving.

  • Somebody’s cell phone went off in service today. If that wasn’t bad enough, the ringer sounded like a ROOSTER doing the COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!

  • A lady fainted in church today.…. 911 was called. Then an ambulance and fire truck showed up. She was taken to the hospital. I’d like to give a special shout out to the ushers, and other involved persons, who stepped up and handled this incident so effectively…. Most people in the service did not even realize anything had happened. Please pray for Sandy that she will have a rapid recovery.

  • I was thrilled to see all the teenagers SITTTING ON THE FRONT ROW today! They are fired up, having just returned from student camp. It made it easy to preach.

  • This week is shaping up to be very busy. i.e., We have about 3-4 people in the hospital, Vacation Bible School begins tomorrow night and runs all week, plus I have a wedding on Saturday. Then there are some other issues to deal with. Oh man, I need a break.

  • For some reason I was very weak in body today. This morning when I woke up I felt like I had been run over by a truck. I couldn’t shake it off. After I got into the office, I just stayed in there until service time with my head laying on the desk. I was thinking, “If I didn’t have to preach today, I wouldn’t.” I don’t know what it was; maybe I was under attack. I felt like I was being oppressed. It may have been nothing more than the blahs, but it was real.

  • I was literally sick before service.

  • A lot of people really responded well to the morning message, “When Satan Goes to Church.” Based on I Peter 5:5-11, we learned what godly attitudes we should adopt in order to combat his corrupting influence in the church… (1) Resist Pride and Be Humble (2) Watch Out for Sinful Traps… (3) Maintain Hope in God.

  • Yea, Satan goes to church. In fact, under this demonic influence he is actually running some churches. (1) He brings sin into the church that people will embrace, rather than repent of, (2) He has his own ministers who “disguise themselves as servants of righteousness,” (3) He gets in the pew because “certain false brethren” will creep in unawares.

  • We might be one of the few churches in the area where people actually clap their hands and cheer during worship, and when it is time to preach. You gotta love it.

  • It’s kind of weird. This past week I have been thinking about some of the families who have left us over the past couple of years… and my heart was a bit saddened for (some of) them. They were instrumental in helping PCC get off the launch pad, but now they’re missing what God is doing here.

  • I am on the verge of ‘letting go’ of all that. I mean emotionally. Enough time has elapsed that the pain has eased and is resolving itself. God has done a good work of healing within me. Besides, God is doing so many amazing things at PCC that it is dumb of me to waste another moment even thinking about the past. (I will be writing about this journey in the future).

  • I love how flexible our volunteers are. They are so willing to serve, and do so cheerfully.

  • This summer I want to host an ‘all-church volunteers’ appreciation event. Still in the ‘thinking’ stage.

  • It’s really neat to see how many people hang around after each service on Sundays, just visiting and enjoying each others company. Very cool.

  • I went to a fish-fry last night at a friend’s house. Every one there was from our church… about 15 people. One of the small groups was having a fellowship event and invited Renae and I over. Very nice. It’s what summers are for (hot grease, hushpuppies, and fried mullet).

  • I didn’t go swimming in the pool though. I don’t look that good in a bathing suit…. and just so you know, neither did any of them.

  • Next Sunday is Father’s Day. Are we doing anything special? Yes. We’re having church.

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