Sunday Reflections (Oct. 21, 2012): A Busy Weekend!
I know the title of this blog post is not all that creative, but it’s true. I had a super busy but productive and fruitful weekend!
Man, where do I begin?
High School Seniors Breakfast
On Saturday morning, I had the privilege of addressing a room full of students (and their parents) regarding their last year in High School, their upcoming journey into College, and their life in general.
I’ve learned a few foundational pointers about speaking to High School students and keeping them engaged: 1. Have something to say that is relevant or applicable to where they are in this stage of their lives, 2. Use humor appropriately, and 3. Keep it simple, focused, and brief.
After speaking for about 20 minutes, I immediately left to hit the highway to head to my next speaking engagement at Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. I was the closing session keynote speaker.
The theme of the Men’s Conference or Day was “Living a Life Without Limits.” I preached from 1 Kings 17:8-16 and entitled my message, “Giving In Spite Of Limitations.” I endeavored to show from this passage, which features a non-believing widow’s interaction with the prophet Elijah, truths about God and giving, and how they apply to us even today.
Sunday Bible Class
I continued my teaching series on 2 Peter today. We wrapped up part one of “Living a Quality Christian Life,” chapter 1 verses 1 through 9, and began part two of the same lesson, studying verses 10 through 15. We only had time to get through two verses because I had a preaching engagement at 10 a.m. and needed to leave early.
The Omni Church
After teaching class, we drove to the Omni Church (www.omnichurch.org) where Pastor Myron Hardy is the Lead Pastor. He planted this church a few years back. It was great to see and be a part of this growing local community of believers. I preached from Psalm 62 and entitled the message, “Trust God.” The highlight of the day was seeing two teenagers come forward to repent of their sin and place their trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord!
Being in a rented facility presents some unique challenges that those who have their own buildings don’t have to contend with. For one, the guy who was responsible for opening up the building didn’t show up at 9:15 a.m. as scheduled, which allows ample time for the volunteers of the Omni Church to set up for worship service. He arrived at 9:40 a.m. The service was slated to begin at 10:00 a.m. Secondly, the sound system went completely out, and all that was available was a portable one-speaker system, just enough amplification for the soloist to sing a cappella and for me to preach.
In spite of all that, Jesus was worshipped, the Gospel/Word was preached, believers were encouraged and edified, and two young men (and possibly a third) were saved.
Please remember Pastor Hardy and the Omni Church in your prayers. Please pray that God’s work will continue to be done in, among, and through them, for their continued focus and commitment to The Lord Jesus, and for the Holy Spirit’s guidance as they seek His wisdom (according to the Scriptures) in the weeks and months ahead as to the direction the church needs to take.
We lost a prominent figure here in Dallas, TX over the weekend. Big Tex (the Dallas State Fair Cowboy Statue) “died.” Actually, there was an electrical fire and he burned up. He was the centerpiece attraction of the State Fair. Can you believe that there were some people who were actually grieving and crying over the “demise” of Big Tex?! Yeah, I know, it sounds crazy, unbelievable, and a little ridiculous. A little? Okay, a lot. Don’t worry, Dallasites. I’m sure he will be back…bigger than ever.
On a more important note, the Cowboys won today! YES! Maybe this will be the start of a winning streak. I know, it’s the Cowboys, so I probably shouldn’t get my hopes up too high. But, hey, you never know.
Mark Tuesday, October 30th on your calendars folks. That is the Opening Night for the 2012-2013 NBA Season. I am looking forward to watching the Mavs vs. the Lakers on TNT.
That’s it for me. Time to sign off. I pray you have a great and productive week!