The past two weeks have been incredibly intense, and I am so glad the Lord has a sense of humor. Our Associate Pastor had surgery on his broken elbow. Our Church Administrator is out on vacation. Two other clergy are on vacation. We began a new worship schedule on Sundays adding a new service at 7:45 a.m. The A Word from the Lord office is in the process of moving. And I have had eleven serious pastoral situations with individuals in crisis. All this on top of the normal schedule. Fortunately, the Lord has been His GRACious Self and given me and others around me His Presence and Anointing to be His servants in the Kingdom.
The last part of this week I have taken my wife, Allison, to join some other parishioners for a few days to a house at the Beach. We had bought a week together at our Youth Auction last February. Although I have just returned from a Sabbatical, I wish I could say I was resting and relaxing here, but the reality is that I am working. However, the scenery is wonderful! The food is great!! And my breaks are good -- a walk on the beach. Just finished my sermon prep for Sunday entitled: "Humble as A Child," a sermon about how God calls us to live and serve in His Kingdom.
Interesting Quotes from my reading.....
John Stott on Genesis 3:16-17 -- "Adam and Eve went into hiding, and the greatest of all tragedies began, namely that human beings made by God like God and for God should now try to live their lives without God."
Steven M. W. Covey -- "You can judge a person's character by the way he treats people who can't help him or hurt him."
Immanuel Kant -- "In law, a man is guilty when he violates the rights of another. In ethics, he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so."
"People don't listen to you speak; they watch your feet"
Steven M. W. Covey -- "The truth is that in every relationship -- personal and professional -- what you do has far greater impact than anything you say. You can say you love someone -- but unless you demonstrate that love with your actions, your words become meaningless."
Jesus -- "I tell you the truth that unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3,4)