Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday Morning Musings ...

Yesterday was another very good day. There was a very good spirit in the worship service and a sense of expectation. I have really been praying for that sense of expectation to be there and become a regular occurrence. It has been very exciting for me to see, and sense, the level of expectation rising as people arrive for worship. I truly believe that is a sign of good things to come in the very near future.

Our time of congregational singing during worship seemed to be a time of freedom, which is a very good thing. We also had a drama to help set up the message. They did a good job and the congregation seemed to really follow along with the drama. We are planning on doing that a lot more regularly and have had several people who have stepped up to participate in this ministry. One of our teenagers sang a special in song, she did a very good job and the song really fit with the theme of the drama and message.

I began a new series of messages yesterday. It is entitled "Going Beyond" and is focusing on us moving past just enduring and really living the life that God has called us to live. To get past wherever we may be stuck and really experience an exciting life in Christ. Each week we will examine a Bible character and how they moved beyond learning from their example. Yesterday was focusing on Peter and him walking on the water to Jesus in Matthew 14:22-33. The congregation seemed to really connect with the message and I felt pretty good about what I was able to communicate. I am rarely real satisfied with a presentation, just because it is such important stuff that I am always searching for how to better communicate God's truth. Our attendance was pretty good for the middle of July.

Sorry for the lack of posts in the past week. I will try to do better this week.

Here's hoping that you are able to begin moving beyond this week and that you will help someone else get unstuck.


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