January 7, 2009
Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve checked in to this blog and I’ve missed it. Christmas was busy, but wonderful, perhaps the most worshipful Christmas season I’ve had due to the fact of walking through John 1:1-18 during the 4 Sundays prior to Christmas. Gary’s messages were awesome and totally worth checking out here if you missed them. The truth that was so clearly and compellingly taught inspired my soul to respond in resounding worship. Following our Christmas Eve Services I enjoyed a great vacation at home, celebrating Christmas, spending time with family, and just treasuring every hour of each day. I pretty much let go of all responsibility (sorry Sheri) until I came to the church on Saturday to take down the Christmas decorations and prepare for our first worship service of the New Year. I spent about 5 hours just listening to worship music, working with my son, Billy, the whole while reflecting on the wonderful job that God has privileged me to have. It is wonderful because of the great church family that I serve and the wonderful people who serve along side me. I’m going to be brief today because I must spend the next few weeks preparing for a presentation that I’ve been asked to do on February 14 for the Former Adventist Fellowship Weekend. I was asked to speak on the topic below: One-hour class in our Christianity EDU track on using Scripture/praise/worship to counteract depression, fear, and doubt. I’m excited about this opportunity as I believe wholeheartedly that the activity of worshiping God not only counteracts depression, fear and doubt, but it conquers it rendering it powerless in our lives. I’m going to utilize my new Accordance Bible study software (a Christmas/birthday gift) and begin conversation with people about this topic. With that said, I’m going to dive in. I look forward to my ‘listening time’ this year and all that God will speak into my life and hopefully through it as I share it with you. Here’s to a blessed 2009 together – cheers!