Monday, July 21, 2014

Sermon Recap for July 20th

Even being a space nerd, I failed to say anything about landing on the Moon 45 years ago in church yesterday. Probably should have. Oops.

Morning Sermon: Come to the Waters (Isaiah 55)


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Evening Sermon: Isaiah 40



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Concluding Notes:
1. I do have the rough audio of Sunday Night’s Q&A session, but I’m not sure yet that it’s useful for posting.
2. I am not sure how to improve video quality with the current equipment.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Sermon Recap for July 13

 

Guess what I forgot to do today? That’s right: sermon recap. It’s a little late, but you’ll see it in the morning!

First, I should apologize for my appearance on the morning video. The air conditioning was out in the sanctuary, so I shed the suit coat. It’s amazing how used to our creature comforts we are, and how we have adapted life around them. We can’t open the windows in the sanctuary, nor do we have fans, because we rely on the A/C. This is why the evening was in the fellowship hall—A/C was working down there.

Second, we observed the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper during the morning service. There are references to that in the message, but if you didn’t know it, you might have been confused. Also, some of what I said in the message was finished in that time.

Morning Sermon: The Lame Remnant Micah 4:6-10

 

Evening Sermon: Trust Isaiah 31

Morning Outline:

July 13 AM Sermon Micah 4:6-10

I. Background: Micah during the 725-690 BC range.

II. Why do we cry and weep?

     A. We have a King

     B. We have a Counselor

III. We are the lame, the outcasts, and we are brought together here:

     A. Redeemed

     B. Assembled

     C. Rescued

IV. No matter the cause:

     A. Our own failures

     B. The judgment of God

     C. The affects of the world

V. Therefore:

     A. Come to the King

     B. Let His grace speak your acceptance

     C. Hearken to His Word

     D. Repent from our own striving

 

Evening Outline

July 13 PM Sermon: Isaiah 31

I. Where is our trust?

     A. Courts?

     B. Presidents?

     C. Congresses?

     D. Politics?

     E. Weapons?

II. Alone can we trust:

     A. The Lord God

     B. The One who saved us

     C. No matter the terror

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pressing On

Some time back, in the post “Third Degree Burns,” I presented you, my dear reader, with the decision-making conundrum of what I am doing now that my Master of Divinity sits on the shelf. If you’d like the background, you can click through and read that post.

The decision has been made. I am going to pursue, after completing the next year of language study, a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology. My likely emphasis area will be History, but I’m not certain beyond that. In truth, I probably shouldn’t know more than that since I’d probably have to change it to match what my advisor and major professor guided me to anyway.

With this comes a few critical prayer requests from me.

First, I ask you to pray for my ability to handle this workload. Before I do student stuff, I must do pastor stuff. Before I do pastor stuff, I do father stuff. And before I do that, I do husband stuff. That’s the hierarchy of stuff for me, so it’s critical that I do all of those well in the process.

Second, I ask you to pray for the church I serve. They are a gracious lot of folks, truly, but there is a twofold concern. One is that folks will not “bother” me since I’m doing school, and therefore I will fall short as their pastor due to ignorance. The other is that folks will contact me, and I’ll handle it badly. Neither of these is acceptable.

Third, I ask you to pray for the finances in going to school. It’s not mega-expensive, but it’s not cheap, either. It represents a need of around $5000 a year, including $1000 for tuition that I need in the next month. So if you would pray for that, I’d appreciate it. (If you’d like to contribute to that, I’ve got a Paypal account!)

Fourth, I ask you to pray for the school. I was told by one professor that I was one of the most time-consuming students he’d had. He meant it well—but I’ve matured past my slacker phase (mostly) and have gotten into my “If I’m not right I want to know why!” phase. As in, these are all the reasons I’m sure I am right, so give me reasons why you say I’m wrong! Smile Further, I’d like to see the school (www.bhcarroll.edu) grow in stature and reputation, because it not only helps my friends who work and attend there, but helps me.

Fifth, I ask you to pray for my children. We homeschool, which meshes well with distance learning. But I can set a bad example of student life if I’m not careful. I want the kids to love learning, not hate it because Daddy hates.

These last two are the most important:

Sixth, I ask you to pray for my children. This is going to take a lot of work, and they are going to keep growing up while I do it. I don’t know what I’ll miss, but I want to know my kids more than I want a gold star on my diploma. That’s a concern.

Finally, I ask you to pray for my marriage. Ann is supportive in ways that I cannot put words to, and she volunteered the idea of doing this—I was suggesting taking time off. She’s all for getting it and getting it done. I failed to make any sort of grand gesture to show how amazing she was in getting through the Masters phase, and I’ll fail to show how well she supports doing this. But I can be a troublesome husband.

This is where I am, and what I need right now. So if you would pray for me in that, I’d appreciate it.

 

Thank you.