The Sweetest Sound on Earth

It is amazing how time flies. Seems like just yesterday my baby girl was born, and now she is a raging ball of energy. Within the last couple days we have been truly blessed by our daughter Trinity. She has begun to cuddle more, and she even made the sweetest sound on earth… she said, “momma.” The joy that simple word brings is amazing. I don’t have a whole lot of food for thought for you today, but I do want to challenge all parents out there to cherish every moment you have with your children.

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD. – Psalm 127:3 (NASB)

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Commitment 2 Scripture

Something I made a commitment to this new year is to memorize a scripture passage every month.  I couldn’t begin to tell you how many verses I have memorized, but I know I haven’t memorized no where near enough.  I know what your thinking… “that is only 12 passages memorized, that’s not very much.”  I know that is pathetic, however at the end of the year that is 12 more than what I have now.  I think that the lack of Scripture meditation and memorization is the number one factor in poor Christianity.  Disagree with me if you want, but I challenge you in either two ways. 

  1. If you read scripture daily, STOP and see what happens to your life.  It will become a madhouse.  (No, please don’t stop there are enough scriptually ignorant nutcases in this world.)
  2. If you don’t read scripture daily, START and see the difference that God will make in your life.  It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

Anyways, I plan to memorize Numbers 6:24-26

“The Lord bless you and keep you;  The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;  The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”  (NIV)

In verse 23 it says this is the way you shall verbally bless others. 

I want my life to be an impact, and I want to see changed lives.

Won’t you join me in this battle?

What verse or verses do you think are most important to memorize?

Sermon Preperation

I looked at the date on the last sermon I preached, and it was dated back in April 08.  With that being said it has been about 6 months since I have preached.  I am very excited about getting to preach my first message here at Bethel Baptist Church.  It has been far too long since I have been able to proclaim God’s Word from the pulpit.  I have been in constant prayer every since I was given the opportunity.  I have been searching scripture for the last two weeks to find that inspired scripture God desires for me to preach.  I believe I have finally found it, and now it is time for the work to begin.  Meditation upon the scripture, context upon the scripture, application of the scripture, arrangement of the scripture, and proclamation of the scripture are major focuses.  (That could be a message in itself.)  As I prepare my message I continue to ask myself “4 Questions” (by Andy Stanley) 

  1. What do I want them (the listener) to know?
  2. Why do they need to know it?
  3. What do I want them to do & how are they to do it?
  4. Why do they need to do it?

I also seek out ways to make it a message with IMPACT.

  • I – interesting
  • M – motivating
  • P – prepared
  • A – authentic
  • C – clear
  • T – targeted

I just ask that you be praying for me in this time of preparation and delivery.  Every time I prepare to preach it reminds me that we need to be praying for our pastors 24/7, because they have an enormous responsibility to proclaim God’s Word still warm from the Father’s Mouth.

Standing on the Promises

I just completed reading the Autobiography of W.A. Criswell “Standing on the Promises”, and I have to say that it is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read.  This book has really touched my life, and inspired my ministry.  I would strongly encourage all pastors to read it; especially if you are struggling with ministry, burned out, or just feal like your cup is half full.  The stories that Wallie shares will truly lift your spirits, and touch your heart.  I will never forget these words “Keep your heart fixed on Jesus and your mind centered on God’s Word” – W.A. Criswell.  I have them posted next to my desk to continually remind me to FOCUS on what is truly important.