I am so sorry that I missed posting Ethan’s first Birthday. Happy late Birthday little guy…or should I say Big guy! He just turned 1 on the 25th.
Archive for November, 2005
Today is our baby girl, Java’s Birthday. She is one today. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. Happy Birthday Java Marie 🙂 We love you! (not that you can read this cuz you are a dog hehe)
I know it’s been awhile since I’ve really sat down and updated this thing. I finally have a few minutes between supper and laundry to tell you about this year’s revival at Crestview.
November 6th Morning Service:
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Title: We preach Christ Crucified.
For some reason I didn’t really take any notes on this sermon. I was probably just trying to adjust to his style of preaching and got caught up listening. I really like the first verse of the passage, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Wow! How true is that? Then it goes on to say…well I’ll just let you read it…but check out verses 22-25. I definitely have to put 25 here, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”
November 6th Evening Service
Title: We must confess.
John Bridges (the preacher) shared with us that we need to have a broken heart (verse 4) before we can have true revival. Only then can we truly confess our sins (verse 6). He talked about sins of the church (not just Crestview, but in general): arrogance, superiority, temptation, trivializing the gospel, gospel gadgetry(to excite people), power, authority, and control. We shouldn’t try to “spice up” the gospel or the church just to get people to show up. We need to realize that the jobs of the church aren’t just for the pastor, secretary, treasurer, music minister, etc., they are for all of us. We all need to pitch in. God brought each of us to our particular church not just to sit and watch but to contribute what we can bring to the table. And in matters of the church or decision making of the church, it’s not about who is bigger and better and more authoritative, but what God’s will is and how we are to achieve it.
My favorite verses of the passage are verses 8 and 9:
“…If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you RETURN TO ME and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.”
November 7th Evening Service
We need to seek to be a humble church.
Characteristics of a humble church: cooperating people, be willing to say “I was wrong” and “I’m sorry”, be able to laugh together(humor). (Of course there are more than that)
God even humbled Himself. He became human. He “did it our way” so that He could show us the way on “our terms.”
Verse 5: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”
November 8th Evening Service
For some reason I cannot find my notes on this night but I believe it was about encouragement…I’ll keep looking.
November 9th Evening Service (last night)
Title: How to get back to the cross.
3 steps: Verse 34
1) Deny yourself
2) Take up your cross (self=sacrifice)
3) ‘follow me’
Who do we say Jesus is? (with our life?, our lifestyle?, our behavior?, our worship?)
What a question to think about…Is what we do on a daily basis pleasing to God? or is it more pleasing to us or others?
Verse 35: “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.” (just something to think about)
Well, believe it or not that was the shortened version of Revival. Hopefully I’ll find the lost sermon haha. I hope I didn’t bore you too much. For those that just skimmed it, maybe you need to look at it again…read the passages. It will only take a few minutes.
I’d like to wish my Mommy a very Happy Birthday today! She is 36 today I believe 😉 I wish I could be there to celebrate with you today but I hope we can make up for it this weekend. I love you!
I’ve decided that it’s about time that our faculty here at GWU grows up. My job, as you all know, is to order the books for each semester. I usually send out plenty of reminder emails before the deadlines to the faculty to turn in their book orders. I even call some. Well I’m tired of it! They are adults and in most cases much older than me. Surely 5 reminder emails is plenty. Against the advice from other workers here I have decided that I’m done reminding. They know when the due date WAS (October 10th) and have chosen to ignore it. So, come the first day of class they will figure out that they have not turned their orders in. Normally I give many chances but lately I’ve just been getting chewed out from professors for my reminders saying that it’s “a bit much” so I’ll take that advice.
Have a grand day 🙂