Monday, May 7, 2018

MONDAY'S MOMENTS













F R I E N D   D A Y

Mark your calendar and invite a friend to join you on Saturday, May 26. This day will be filled with excitement and fun. 

Special Music... Spiritual Message... Sweet Memories

The theme for the day is from Daniel 3

E V E N   I F...
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MUDDY SHOES

Cyberspace is filled with people sharing information they deem important. And... to them it probably is. I would not post what I do unless I thought it was something important to somebody. If I am right, Woo Hoo... If I am wrong. Oh well.

The last thing I want to do, through what I share online, is waste your time. If you have read this blog this far you are either curious or very bored and just want anything to do. So, for those who do read and find some enjoyment in my postings, I want to make a recommendation to follow another blogger. Click on the above section title (or the blog name below) and it will open a new window to my kid brothers blog. Todd (my kid brother) usually has some words of wisdom to pass along. The blog name is MUDDY SHOES and he does a great job integrating life issues into spiritual lessons.

If you can find the time, enjoy the journey.
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DEADLINES

The most stressful part of my week is usually on Saturday, beginning around 9:00 am. This is the time, I walk into the Emmanuel Hall at DECC, knowing worship begins in an hour and very little is set-up for us to begin.

I MUST SAY THANK YOU... Before I go any further, thank you to all who help each week you can... to set up chairs... put up signs... connect all the wires and stuff for sound...unload my car and then reload it after worship... You are a blessing to this Pastor. I dare not mention names, as I might overlook someone. If you fit into this group I refer to above... THANK YOU from the bottom of my hear. Your help, which you may see as insignificant, is huge to this Pastor. 

I pray and work each week for the service to go smoothly. I hope that at the end of the day, I can say it was seamless. Maybe I am overthinking this whole thing but in my experience, I have learned a few things which drive me to pursue such.
  1. People are easily distracted. The good people of EBCI need to understand this and help keep distractions to a minimum. Every distraction is a means the enemy of God uses to divert the people's attention away from God.
  2. God is not the author of confusion. Anyone and everyone who has a role to fulfill during our corporate worship needs to do everything to demonstrate they are prepared and ready to serve the Lord without drawing attention away from God. We need to know our stuff and demonstrate it in the way we do our stuff.
  3. We may only get one chance to show visitors our commitment to the task. When God sends people our way, He intends for us to show our best... not to impress (though it may or may not) but to demonstrate we love Him. We come to serve the Lord during worship soothers will notice Him. We volunteer to oversee ministry so others are not distracted and can, without conflict,  have a great experience worshipping God. We must be laser-focused on the task we are doing. We must not let the things around us distract us, which can cause a distraction for others.
  4. We must rise to the occasion and take our service seriously. This means come prepared... be on time (for me this means early)... help others with their tasks (when needed)... Do what you do for God, not man.

Every Weekend service I go through a mental checklist of everything I am responsible for that day. I think of the four things listed above and it drives me to do what I do to the best of my ability. I want everyone who has a service role in the weekend worship time to hear this. 

As you make yourself ready for the service you do each week or the week you have a part... you are just one part of many parts that come together to make the whole thing happen. You are responsible for your part. I, though, am responsible before God for all parts. I am responsible for what you do. I am responsible for what every part does. So... If I ask for something, please know I am not asking to disrupt but to help. If I ever come across as stern... that is not my intent. I walk into the room on Saturdays (our current day for corporate worship) and from the depths of my heart, I want Jesus Christ to be the central focus of every part of our time together. Please pray that I meet His standard for my part as I will be praying the same for you.
Hebrews 13:17 - Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
It is a joy to be your Pastor, even during the times of stress. As any Pastor would say... We could all live with a little less stress. 
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WESTMONT BAPTIST, JOHNSTOWN, PA

Pamela and I left Dallas, TX on a Sunday after a church service at RBC (where I was interim) and drove 18 hours to Johnstown, PA to meet with a church pulpit committee that had shown interest. When we arrived in Johnstown and made our way to the church, we turned onto the road the church was on and as we drove up to it, Pamela looked at me and asked... What are we doing here?

I had no answer but the Lord did. This church became the place God used to reignite the passion for evangelism. God put in this church some of the best and brightest Christian men and women I would ever work with. God also removed some stumps which were in the way of reaching the city for Jesus.

There are too many wonderful people and memories at this church to name them all but I will give a shout out to Daniel and Erin Vinersar. I need say no more. Love you guys. Let me also mention the praise and worship team we saw God bring together (Voices of Praise - VOP). I cannot thank God enough for those 7 years of struggle for His glory. He is worth every tear and praise. Because of God and what He did in our lives at WBC - I will never be the same again... OK, Daniel - starts singing.
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