Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Mind Dump - September 25, 2011

Still flying high from today’s service.

My observation is that our programming is simply good.  There’s no other way to describe it.  Sure, we have issues that arise from time-to-time that need to be resolved, but our ministry teams consistently perform at a high level of excellence and pull off an exceptional Sunday morning service every week. 

Boy, a LOT of people talked to me after the message.  They really seemed to appreciate the insights from the passage.  I did notice, that those who spoke to me about it, are those who are serious students of the Word.  I like it.

Today’s text (Matthew 20 about the laborers in the Vineyard) is a challenging one.  It’s not very easy to teach from.  I have always wrestled with this passage, not having a good grasp on its meaning.  In fact, I have preached from it only once (about 15 years ago), and even then I didn’t do a very good job.  Today was better.

The stories of Jesus are amazing.  They are so “real life.”

This series has been a home run.

I was sick this morning.  No one knew this, but I was so sick that I didn’t even think I could make it to church.  But the Lord helped me.

NICE NEWS:  Rob Hadding (pastor of Christ Church, formerly named Harmony Ridge Baptist) sent me a note this afternoon telling me that he and his church prayed for us today in their services.  Here it is:

Hey, brother,
Our church prayed for you and your church this morning. May our Lord strengthen the ministry of Pace Community Church, and reach many with the saving message of the Gospel.

I think we should reciprocate by having PCC pray for Christ Church.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  (Psalms 133:1).

HERE’S SOMETHING I’VE BEENTHINKING ABOUT LATELY:  If PCC were to close its doors, what kind of impact would it have upon people?  Would our community even notice or experience a sense of loss?  In other words, are we really making a difference?  How much kingdom impact do we really have?

Our guitarists are growing as musicians.  It was apparent today.

Wade Hall did a good job on vocals today, singing a solo part.  I’ve known him forever, and I can remember him singing “Beulah Land” about 25 years ago like nobody’s business.  It used to give me chill bumps.

Looking forward to the Fall Fest & Chili Cook Off.  This event will take place on the PCC campus the night before Halloween. 

More and more I am coming to accept and understand in the Sovereignty of God.   I can “rest” in this assurance.

My definition of the Sovereignty of God that I shared this morning is this:  God can do what He wants to, when He wants to, why He wants to, how He wants to, as many times as He wants to, and He doesn’t have to explain Himself or ask anyone’s permission to do it.

That definition cuts through all the fat of theological pontification.  It’s something that anyone can understand.  And it’s something I take comfort in.

Here’s what I think.  Men should never wear Capris pants.  It’s an unnatural act against humanity.  Be afraid if you ever see it.  Very afraid.  It’s a sure sign that the world is coming to an end soon.

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