It’s Monday Morning, so it’s time for our sermon and service recaps for the last week.
Sunday Morning Sermon only (from YouTube):
Wednesday January 20
Good morning! Here are yesterday’s sermons and services. First, the audio links. Audio is the only record of the 11 AM sermon, and it was just a smidgen different than the 845.
If you’d like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: https://sermons.faithlife.com/api/channels/598184/feed
The video is linked on my personal YouTube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/dheagle93
Sermons are stockpiled here: http://www.doughibbard.com/search/label/Sermons
Morning Reflection flashbacks starting here:
Thank you for watching!
Well, here it is 5 days into the year and I don’t have a blog post written. I also didn’t get a content video made today that I need to get made, and missed the chance to have a necessary conversation with a friend about a situation that affects both of us.
In short: other than getting groceries for Thursday’s breakfast at church (currently a Men’s Breakfast, but we’re seriously contemplating moving to a Church Family Breakfast in February or March), I’ve gotten nothing done.
So what do we do? Well, tomorrow I’ll also double-check the to-do list and see if that’s really the case. That’s the first step: validate feelings by checking facts. The facts may be different—even now I’m thinking about the sermon prep that got done, the church cleaning, the admin task…
Second, it’s end-of-night routine time. So I’m going to run my routine and go to bed. What’s the routine?
1. Thankfulness journal.
2. Brush teeth; do mouthwash.
3. Copy over pending-todo list.
4. Put on Jammies. (Everything’s on the list, folks)
5. Read 1 chapter of a non-fiction/serious book (this is where I read history or other materials that aren’t relevant to my dissertation).
6. Read relaxing fiction until Alexa turns off the lights on schedule. (The program. My wife is named Ann, not Alexa).
7. Pray, rework this week’s Scripture memory, while dozing off.
LATER: wake up when cat makes some form of excessive noise.
One of the goals for the year? Get the sermon recaps posted! And on time! (You can subscribe to the sermons in podcast form here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/east-end-baptist-church/id387911457?mt=2 for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: https://sermons.faithlife.com/api/channels/598184/feed
Here are the ones from yesterday. First, the audio to the sermon:
Now, the video of the whole service:
YouTube embed for those without Facebook:
(YouTube will be on the same channel as above. It’s still “processing.”)
It’s the second day of the year…I may not have a lot to say that is useful today, but I’m forming a habit. It’s like an exercise habit: you need to do it even when you’re slow, not feeling it, or measurably better.
I’m not measurably better at writing or anything since yesterday. However, I am at it again. It’s like my goals for fitness: you’re not going to compare the morning video from one day to the next day and see improvement, but hopefully you’ll see improvement from January 1 to April 1, and so forth.
It’s about marginal movement. We are a bit misinformed by those inspiring “training sequences” in movies or TV shows: where Burt Reynolds goes from being flabby and out-of-shape and back into full Bandit-form within the first 15 minutes of the movie, so that the rest of the film can show him driving a Trans Am and smuggling an elephant. (That’s the plot of Smokey and the Bandit 2)
So, having said that, let’s note that habits are the key to your overall success. “The Bandit,” of the aforementioned movie, likely eventually self-destructed in his alcoholism and lifestyle because it was his habit. He could pull out of it for a short time, for some flash and fame, but his habits were his making or his unmaking.
What does that have to do with you and I? Simple: we must examine our habits if we want to talk about changing our life on an ongoing basis.
I need to lose weight. I could choose to try some crash-fad diet and look good…and not break the “oh, look, there’s some cookies over here!” habit. OR I can find ways to make sure my environment doesn’t typically involve unfettered access to junk food.
One will lose weight quickly. One way will keep it off. Which one is better?
Or perhaps you need a new habit of reading? A crucial environment change: have books around. Not just a Kindle, though those are GREAT, and definitely not just “I have a book reading app on my phone.” You won’t read much with that. You’ll surf Facebook more. Get real books, those things that trees have given their lives that you may have, and stockpile a few of them.
Why? Because you’ll eventually pick them up and read them if they are there—you don’t have to have “important” or fancy books: get books that look interesting to you. Then read them. A bit at a time as necessary.
Because if you didn’t read any books last year and you read one book this year, that’s improvement. Oh, and if you only read one book this year but survive an onslaught of chaos, that’s success. If you veg out in front of the TV and watch all the Bachelor-type shows and read nothing, you need to rethink a few things…
Those are my thoughts for the day. Remember, as several preachers will tell you, Sunday church is a Saturday decision, so make it now.
Well, it’s been a few years of casual neglect of the old blog here at Learning, Teaching, and Laughing. Part of the challenge has been, I think, that there’s been a dearth of laughter around here. Not that any one thing has gone wrong—though at some point this year, you’ll probably be subjected to public introspection about ministry and what happens in the less than stellar moments of life.
Today, though, we’ll leave that aside. Instead, I’m going to start off as if I were introducing myself for the first time. Does all of this perfectly match the bio or about page here? Probably not yet. I need to deal with the setup on the page and such, update the biography. After all, I started this blog with a seven-year-old, a five-year-old, and a two-year-old. They’re all teenagers now, and one of them has moved out…
So who am I?
My name is Doug Hibbard. My SSN is…just kidding, I’m not that dense. I’m married to Ann, and we’ve been married since December of 1998, so as of right now, we’ve been married 22 years. That means I’ve been married longer than I was single, and I’m not bothered by this. I graduated from high school in 1995, college in 1999, and finished my master’s degree in 2014, so the rate of graduation has definitely slowed down. Although hopefully the current pursuit, PhD, will take a bit less time, since I’m at the stage where I should be writing a dissertation and not a blog.
Nothing motivates me to do something else, though, like an assignment with a deadline. I’m more motivated to blog now than I have been in years.
What else should you know about me?
I’m middle-aged and stereotypical: I need to exercise more than I do, and lose weight. I tell what are now affectionately (or derisively) known as “Dad jokes” and don’t think twice about it. I am constantly amazed at my children’s growth, learning, and resiliency, and cannot put into words how awesome my wife is.
I’m also going to try and build up this year by writing here about what I know, while I write in school about what I am researching.
I will get back to my series of Through the Whole Bible. I hope to get back to doing book reviews, though I’ll probably just review books I own. I’ll share some of the third party ministry work Ann and I are working on—hopefully we’ll get a webpage going soon as we develop our plans.
That’s about it for today. It’s January 1, 2021, and we’re going to make this year into something. I think, personally, I let too much of 2020 (and 2019) happen to me instead of addressing it and taking action. That will be different this year.
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