THERE IS MORE TO IT.
For our 60th anniversary, we’ve decided to not throw ourselves an extravagant (and costly!) party in 2019. We thought about going to Chesapeake Arena so the whole church could be together at one time, but that was going to be a very expensive party. We will celebrate–and we should!–but we will celebrate the faithfulness of God. We will thank Him for allowing us the privilege of this journey.
Through my years in ministry, I have navigated more “divine opportunities” than I can remember. What I’m about to say is not an exaggeration. It is not an attempt to downplay my leadership or that of our church Elders.
In fact, the men and women who have served on our Elder board through the years were willing to pursue what seemed like “divine opportunities” until a door closed or the opportunity became a reality.
2018 was a record-breaking year because our focus has been and always will be Jesus: following Jesus, putting Jesus at the center of life, doing what Jesus did, living like he calls us to live, and giving him the best we can in every area of our lives.
That’s the real prize of 2018 for me.
It was the first Sunday of December. Fall 2018 was very busy and demanding around Crossings, and we were getting ready to head into a season that would make the fall season look like a stroll in the park.
So I took the Sunday right after Thanksgiving off and stayed home.
I liked Ronald Reagan. He inspired me.
I liked Jimmy Carter. He seemed committed to his faith and was not ashamed to be a Christian.
I found myself interested in George H.W. Bush due to all the positive things being said about him personally as a husband, father, and friend. There are many reasons I like the Bush family, and this post will explore a few of them.
As a pastor and a believer in Jesus, it is a tremendous challenge to present the Advent story in the midst of a cultural holiday celebration that has little to do with the one who started the whole idea in the first place.
Telling the great story of the birth of Christ is somewhat difficult to tell year after year. What more is there to say? What more can we learn? Or what more must we learn?
Who among us would not want to have more wisdom? Isn’t wisdom the missing jewel of our lives?
In my twenties--and even into my mid-thirties--it did not occur to me that I was aging. It was easy to assume that life at 25 was the way life would be forever.
Then I blinked.
Gloria Gaither has been a family friend since my childhood days in Tennessee. She and her husband, Bill, have written over 700 songs that continue to inspire people from all walks of life in places all over the world. Today, she has agreed to be my guest blogger as I share with you her inspiring words about an inspiring lady we both cherish as a friend.
This one is dedicated to all the pastors and other people who, like me, have trouble saying no.
Whether you’re a business man or woman, a husband or wife, a dad or a mom, a teacher, principal, or supervisor, Jesus wants us to be known as people who will do what we say we will do.