Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Mind Dump - March 23, 2014

Thank you Gary Weiborg for a good word today, and a job well done.

Gary is solid and consistently so, which speaks volumes of his calling and gift.  He treats the Scriptures accurately.  When he shares the Word with us, the PCC family is edified and God is honored.

Plus, I get a welcome break (not only from a grueling schedule), but to simply enjoy church.

I woke up this morning thinking to myself how most people don’t realize how easy it is to go to church each Sunday – all they have to do is decide if they’re going or not. 

For me, I wake up each Sunday under pressure.  I’m thinking about the order of service, the sermon, the offering, the time-line, the transitions in the service, and whether or not it’s going to be a successful day or not.  I think to myself, “Within 2 or 3 hours I’m going to be standing on the platform speaking to hundreds of people.”  About 7:30 a.m. I begin looking over my sermon notes, re-reading the key thoughts to refresh my memory so that I will have a good delivery, (this takes an hour or so).  After I arrive at church I check in with the worship team, do a sound check, walk the hallways to thank the children’s ministry workers for being at their post of duty (etc), and generally interact with people.

Today, however, I was able to simply arrive at church as an attender.  It was pure bliss.

I was able to sit in the congregation and simply enjoy the service.  I lifted my hands during the music, then listened to someone else minister the Word.

Best part?  I got to hold my wife’s hand as we sat together in service.

In 30-something years of marriage and being in the ministry, most of that time has been spent with me and Renae NOT sitting together in church.

It’s always a joy to enjoy the basic things.

It was easy to go to church today… and I enjoyed it immensely.  Thank you, to everyone who made it possible for me.

All things considered, we have a great church family.  Don’t we?


I intend to plant my spring garden later this week.  There’s a cold front coming through.

Can’t wait to get all my vegetables in the ground. 

I will be planting tomatoes (about 10 varieties), yellow squash, zucchini squash, cucumber, peppers (about 8 varieties), and field peas (2 varieties).

My garlic and onion are thriving.  I planted them back in December (2013), so they should be ready for harvest about May.  Can’t wait.

My potatoes are coming up.  I planted them about six weeks ago, but the extreme cold weather in February had them semi-dormant and slow moving.  However, a couple weeks ago the weather warmed up enough to get them going and they have taken off.  Very glad to see this!

I have 400 feet of potatoes (4 rows at 100’ each).  Should the Lord  bless me with a good harvest this year, I will be sharing the goodness with others (giving it away).

In the very least, I will be stockpiling the church pantry with potatoes to ensure that our Friday clean-team has plenty of spuds for breakfast…. and that Ron Bryant – the best potato cook in the area – will continue cooking them for us.

I will post pictures soon.

House Plans….

Finally, we have house plans that we are content with. 

We have submitted them back to the draftsman for finalization.  After another tweak or two we will submit them to the County Permit Office for approval.

After that, we’re going to pull the trigger and start building.  This should happen within 2-3 months.

We are very excited.

Upcoming Church Stuff….

Easter is just four Sunday’s away.  Plan now to invite (and bring) a guest.  We are going to have a big day.

Of course, the message will be about Jesus Christ, His resurrection, and the implications it has for us today.

As always, the music will be exceptional.

People will be saved that day.  Christians will be drawn nearer to Christ.  And all of us will be edified by hearing doctrines affirmed that we know to be true.

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids too.

This Sunday…

MILITARY FAMILIES MEET-AND-GREET immediately after service.

The sermon series on 2 Timothy concludes.

Next Sermon Series…

“The 10 Commandments”

This series will begin the Sunday after Easter and is certain to be a home run.

Everyone believes in the 10 Commandments and will benefit from this series.


I’ve been fishing a lot lately (about once per week) when I get the time. 

It’s spring time, the water temperatures are warming up, the mullet are running, and the Sheepshead are schooling… and right now IS THE TIME TO GO.

I hope to go again this week (after the cold front moves through).  Will post pictures.

This Friday night I will be camping at Fort Pickens (with Renae) and the rest of the family.  Coming home Saturday afternoon.  Will post pictures of that too.

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