one of my newest favorite songs

–Here is the chorus
“Like a G5 yeah you rushed to rescue me Took a cross in exchange for a throne to save me You began the work and I know you’ll finish And make all things right when you come back Cause you’re my hero, you already saved the day Cause you’re my hero, and I know you’re coming back for me”

–Here are some lyrics from the last verse at the end of the song.
“New Heaven, new Earth that’s where all His sheep dwell
Cause Jesus succeeded in every part of life that we failed
Died the death we couldn’t die, paid our price with 3 nails
Began the work He promised, in the end we all will be well
Already beat our enemies and when His Kingdom’s realized
All those who oppose Him will see Jesus with some real eyes
Deliverance is offered us, the hero He is urging us
Salvation is exclusive to His people who have turned to trust”

happy anniversary church!

Easter 09- sunrise service 09 III

Yesterday was our church’s 94th anniversary!

On August 16, 1916 the Christ-followers of Fairdale, KY came together to establish a Baptist church in the area. It was the first baptist church founded in the area.

We are humbled that after 94 years, God is still at work; the Bible is still the authority; love is still the ingredient; and Jesus is still the Way, the Truth & the Life.

May God be so gracious to keep His hand on us for another 94 years. He alone is worthy!

a new kind of king

Tonight while reading to JJ before bed, I came across yet another awesome passage in the Jesus Storybook Bible. (If you do not own this children’s Bible yet, please make plans to go get one. It is so good for adults.)

This passage is the last paragraph from the story of the three wise men coming from Matthew 2. It is speaking of baby Jesus.

“But this child was a new kind of king. Though he was the Prince of Heaven, he had become poor. Though he was the Mighty God, he had become a helpless baby. This King hadn’t come to be the boss. He had come to be a servant.”

wise words from experience

Rick Pitino (Head Coach of University of Louisville Men’s basketball team) recently made this wise statement:

“…if you tell the truth your problems will become a part of the past. If you lie, they are a part of your future.”

In a setting where forgiveness is real and practiced (like among the church), this comment is so true.

You can read the whole article here.

an oxymoron

Today I heard someone in passing speak of a ‘pessimistic deacon’.

I found it humorous.  Christians should not be pessimistic. Deacons (humble servants in the church) should not be pessimistic. They should be humble servants.

Let’s please take a moment to examine ourselves.

Are you pessimistic? Are you pessimistic in words or attitude?

Don’t Be!

forgetting the obvious

At our church, we are committed to memorizing God’s Word. Each Wednesday night prayer meeting we pass out memory verse cards and the following week we take a few minutes to hear people quote them. It is very encouraging to hear folks committing truth to memory.

This past week was 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

All people are prone to forgetting the obvious at times. Like Tiger Woods not “having fun” playing golf. Like me hopping out of my car to run inside the house while my car is in reverse and rolling down the driveway.

While we were quoting this verse, I stopped and asked the church if they were doing it. If they were building each other up. It got quiet quickly. It was as if we thought we were only to memorize the verse and not take it to heart so that we would be obedient and faithful.

Lets not forget the obvious, especially when the obvious is living out this verse. Lets encourage and build one another up. And so prove to be a healthy church.

the harvest is plentiful…

“the harvest is plentiful…” in our garden. It has been such a God-centered hobby for me this summer to take care of the garden. Here is what got out of it today. “God gives the increase.”