Sunday Night Thoughts – July 16

It’s been a while since I’ve been home on a Sunday night to journal the day’s events. It can be summed up with one word, “Wow!” As I started preparing for this week’s sermon, I could sense that God was doing something special. The district rallies only spurred that on. As I entered the sanctuary this morning to run over my notes and the music for the morning, I sensed that God’s spirit was going to flow and I was going to have to flow with it. God was prompting me to move some of the songs around so they would flow better. The special music this morning was “Be Still and Know” written by Stephen Curtis Chapman. As I listened to the lyrics during rehearsal, I felt that we needed to move it before prayer. The service flowed through the Holy Spirit this morning. We emphasized the holiness of God and how we need to live to please God. God flowed through the message. That was only the beginning.

Tonight was even better. Tonight, we held a baptism service at the home of one of our church people. 22 people showed up (which about doubled our summer attendance lately) and we baptized 5 of our students ranging from 9 years to 15 years old. We began by singing songs of praise and testimony, read some scripture, examined the candidates and then baptized them. As the students came up out of the water, every one cheered and made a lot of noise. How cool is that! The most special time for me was that I got to baptize my two youngest children. Not many dads get that opportunity. Tears come to my eyes even as I write. To be the man that God wants me to be means that I must pass on the legacy that has been handed down to me.

I am continually amazed to see how God can work through someone who is simply open to His leading. Today is one of those ministry days that I’ll be able to cherish for years to come. Thank you to God our Father, Jesus the Son, and the every present ministry of the Holy Spirit. Wow!

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