Weekly Lectionary Reading

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 1 , 2009

Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; I Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

As you can tell it has been a long, exciting week.  Today finds me preparing for worship tomorrow.  I thought that I would leave you with this today from Psalm 111:

1 Praise the Lord!

I will thank the Lord with all my heart
as I meet with his godly people.
2 How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!
All who delight in him should ponder them.
3 Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty.
His righteousness never fails.
4 He causes us to remember his wonderful works.
How gracious and merciful is our Lord!
5 He gives food to those who fear him;
he always remembers his covenant.
6 He has shown his great power to his people
by giving them the lands of other nations.
7 All he does is just and good,
and all his commandments are trustworthy.
8 They are forever true,
to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.
9 He has paid a full ransom for his people.
He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.
What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.
All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.

Praise him forever!

Live from “The Rock” – The Last Day

Another Great Day of Worship

God showed up again during our worship celebration.  We finished in a large circle singing the Doxology.  Following that, my friend Wayne prayed over each of the staff.  It was very special as he prayed over all of us.  Thanks, my friend.

Packing up and Saying Goodbye

One of the most melencoly times is packing up FLAME and saying goodbyes.  In just a few minutes, we will be leaving for home and saying goodbye to all our friends.  This has been an incredible week.  God has met with us richly.  I am going home refreshed in the ministry.   Signing off from Table Rock…Blessings

Live from “The Rock” – Day 4

Today, was another great day at FLAME. Worship was inspiring again — but the coolest part came after musical worship time — during prayer time. God really spoke during our prayer time and it was good.

Thursday is the tough day, because tiredness really sets in. After we rehearsed this evening, we headed for bed, but got talking to a wonderful young couple about ministry – both theirs and ours.

Looking forward to a great day on the last day of FLAME.

What’s Your Passion

Yesterday as part of our worship time, we prayed for our military personnel. One of the students has a son who is in the military and asked for prayer for him and all of our military. Wayne asked Pam if she would lead this prayer. Would she? Why, of course she would. Ministry to the military is one of Pam’s passion areas.

Not only is the Department of Education and the Ministry responsible for the education of pastors, but they also oversee Wesleyan chaplains — both military and institutional. As Wayne introduced what we were about to do and introduced Pam, I saw a gleam in her eye — this was an opportunity to share her passion with over 100 people — and she took it. She could hardly wait to share how to minister to our military and our chaplains and she did a great job and her prayer reflected the passion that she had for the military. I know this made her day.

So what is your passion and how are you pursuing it?

Live from “The Rock” – Day 3

Today was a great day. The worship this morning was inspiring. I am working with a great worship team. This team is smaller — just a bass player and two singers besides myself. We are in a very acoustically live room. The room is a half gym and we have over 100 people in it. In addition the worshipers are ready to worship. All of this makes for a great sound — but God still has to do His part by “showing up.” And that’s what God has been doing.

Tonight, we had our communion service and the Spirit was with us again. It has been a great day at “The Rock,” and here are a few more pictures for you.

Live from “The Rock – Day 2

Nothing could have prepared us for the way God “showed up” this morning during chapel.  We prayed first for Dr. Bob McDonald a retired professor from Southern Wesleyan.  It was good to have our daughter Rebecca here for the day.

Worship was nothing short of awesome and it was amazing to be part of it.  Like I said last night, 100 voices singing familiar songs of praise and worship — wow!  I had goosepimples on my arms through most of the worship set.  It was great chapel.

The rest of the day was spent doing the normal tasks — running the dishwasher, help in the kitchen, running to Pickens for groceries.  It was a great day — a long day — but a great day.

Pam’s class has been emotionally draining but good.

Blessings…I’ll leave you with some more pictures.

The Order of the Green FLAME Apron

From time to time, honors are bestowed to special people.  Today, the Order of the Green FLAME Apron was bestowed to Larry and Sandra.  They are FLAME volunteers and help in the kitchen.  One of the great things about this FLAME has been the incredible amount of help we have.  Many hands truly do make light work.  Congratulations to Larry and Sandra….Here is a video of the occasion.

The Lighter Side of FLAME

Do you know what happens when you fall asleep somewhere other than your room at FLAME?  This afternoon I ended up taking a little siesta in the lobby of the Tabor Building — which is where we worship, eat, and have some classes.  As you can tell, I was completely unaware of what was happening.

Live From “The Rock” – Day 1

What a great day today was at FLAME.  Where to begin?  We were up early, long before daylight.  Of course daylight doesn’t arrive till after 7:30.  The fellowship was great all day.  FLAME officially began with chapel this morning.  After a short orientation, we kicked off with a time of singing and worship.  Wow!  Over 100 people crammed into half of the Table Rock gym, accompanied by one acoustic guitar and electric bass and two voices, singing praise to the Almighty — it was very cool.  We have some great professors here and the food is top notch — as always.  One of the cool things is that we have 8 staff helping in the kitchen — many hands do make light work.  I’ve included a few pictures from today and yesterday.  Blessings.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Yesterday, my parents arrived to take care of our children while we are away at FLAME. It was good to spend some time with them.  Mom has transferred some our our old family videos to DVD, so we spent some time looking at those.  It was precious because it showed our children when they were small.  After that, we showed them a couple key locations around town and they took us out for dinner.

This morning started out cool weather wise.  The service this morning was great and there was a great spirit in the service.  Be sure to check out the sermon either in audio, video or text mode.  I will try to get those up later tomorrow.  (The text is already up.)  Let me emphasis a key point of the sermon.  How will history tell your story?  What kind of legacy will you leave?

Live from “The Rock”

This evening around 5:30 we arrived at Table Rock Wesleyan Camp in Pickens, SC.  The drive was uneventful and Pam and I enjoyed the couple hours together alone.  This is a beautiful location for education and worship.  It has been great to catch with our friends.  We set up for worship but had some technical difficulties with the sound and video.  Hopefully those are all worked out.  Be on the look out for more updates from The Rock.  Blessings.