- “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” –Ambrose Redmoon.
- “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” Eddie Rickenbacker
- “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others” – Sir Winston Churchill.
- “One person with courage is a majority” -John Maxwell
- “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 (NLT)
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Fourth Sunday After Epiphany
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship and Invocation
Video – Describe God
Songs of Worship
O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing
Worship Through Prayer
Songs of Worship
He Knows My Name
The Love of God
Worship Through Giving
Worship Through God’s Word
Stewardship:It’s A Question of Attitude
It has been another great week. The weather has been interesting to say the least here in the valley. I’ve worn everything from rain jacket/windbreakers to sweats to a t-shirt and shorts to run in and everything in-between. The greatest difference was from Monday to Tuesday. Monday, I had my rain jacket on with shorts and tights and Tuesday I had on a t-shirt and shorts. We have really been having an interesting winter. We have several days ahead that are going to be spring-like if not summer-like with highs in the mid 60’s (At the beginning of February.) Then the temps are to return to some semblance of normal.
Speaking of running, this has been a good week once again. I completed all my regular runs in the early part of the week and then yesterday I went for a long, slow run that turned out really well – 11.92 miles in 1:52:28 – for just over a 9:25/mile. Not bad at all. This is really setting me up well for the half-marathon in April. I love the fact that it will be a local race. I was looking at some other possibilities and there is a 10K (6.2 miles) in March that would make a great training run as well as looking into the future and the possibilities of running the Richmond Marathon in November. Temporarily I was down to 198 pounds this week, but weekends are killer for me. Why?
Well this week, we had a chili cook-off at church. It was a great time of fellowship and fun. We had some great chili as well. Parkway has some awesome cooks. One of the things I love about our chili cook-off is that none of the chili is really that hot. Yes, there were some hot chili’s but not so hot that you couldn’t enjoy them. I made two of our family’s favorites – Spanish Rice and Blue Ribbon Nacho Dip. Don’t even ask me for the recipe for the Spanish Rice – it’s not that I don’t want to give it to you, it’s one of those – a pinch of this, a dash of that recipes. I can tell you that I use a pound of ground beef. Yesterday I browned a pound of sausage and a ½ pound of ground beef – ½ an onion – half a green pepper – 2 cups of uncooked rice – a 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes – 8 oz. of salsa – and seasoning to taste (chili powder, cumin, seasoning salt, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika.) That is the tricky part. Forgot about the 4 cups of water. Like I said we had a great time, but I packed some calories in last night.
This morning we had a wonderful time of worship. The team did a great job and we sang some great songs. I have simply been amazed over the past few weeks as the Holy Spirit has come and visited with us – the Spirit’s presence was powerful as we sang this morning. My favorite part of the service was when we sang “The Love of God.” We do a hybrid version taking parts of the MercyMe arrangement and putting it with our own arrangement. Pastor Barry preached a great closing message in his series on Stewardship as we learned that Stewardship is a question of attitude.
This past week we got to visit with one of our fellow Wesleyan pastors who lives and ministers on the other side of the valley in Waynesboro. This evening I went over (James was sick) to their church for a concert and afterwards we had some cake and ice cream to celebrate his birthday. What a wonderful day of relaxation and worship.
This week finds us preparing for our church showing the movie “Courageous.” If you are in the Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County area, I encourage you to come to Parkway on Saturday night, February 4th to view this powerful movie. The cost is free…
I am looking forward to what God has in store this week and I hope you are as well.
Seize the Day
Ah, an easy question, although I know there are people who know me who would disagree with my answer. I am an introvert. Many think just because I can get up in front of people and lead worship and speak that I am extroverted. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even as I type, I am in my office at church — in the quiet. The quiet rejuvenates — being around people drains me. Extroverts thrive on being around people. That doesn’t mean that I always like to be alone. If you know me, I can function very well in a group of people, especially a group of people that I am very close to.
Are you surprised by my answer? You shouldn’t be…
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
January 29, 2012
15 Moses continued, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you yourselves requested of the LORD your God when you were assembled at Mount Sinai. You said, ‘Don’t let us hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore or see this blazing fire, for we will die.’
17 “Then the LORD said to me, ‘What they have said is right. 18 I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him. 19 I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf. 20 But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die.’
Perhaps I should have titled this post “Buffets are of the Devil.” 🙂
This past weekend, we decided to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We did that by eating Chinese food on Sunday. There was a debate as to where we should eat. Several places were suggested and finally we picked a place that we had been before.
Our family hasn’t eaten Chinese in a while. One of those reasons is that we can’t find a good place to eat. This past weekend we did receive several suggestions that we will try the next time. But that isn’t the point of this post. I knew that we were going to a Chinese Buffet and that is alright. The problem becomes what to eat without eating too much.
Over the past 6 months, I have become more and more aware of how the quantities of food affect our weight. I say this a someone who now exercises on a regular basis and am probably more fit than I ever have been in my life. During this time I have become more and more concerned with those who are overweight, even though I am still there according to my BMI. (By the way, I am still losing weight, despite Sunday’s buffet experience.) I get concerned when we go to buffets and I see people go up and get plate after plate of food (I say this as a person who was one of them.) With the amount of places that you can go to get a buffet at a reasonable price, (Golden Corral, KFC, any number of Chinese buffets in town, Cici’s Pizza and so on) it is easy to see why so many Americans are in the situation that I was in not that long ago.
I can feel and I can empathize with those who are in that situation. The cycle is so hard to break..for one reason food, unlike other additions, is something that each one of us need to live. Let me make this clear – I love eating, so I say this as one who has struggled with this for a long time and yet, I want to encourage those who read this post, to stop and consider what consuming large quantities of food on a regular basis is doing to you.
This post or losing the weight has not come easy. It has been a struggle, but lately I have put several pictures up on Facebook and I have gotten some wonderful comments. It feels good to be (somewhat) skinny and to be fit. So again I encourage you — if you are in need of taking off some pounds — take the plunge. If you need encouragement — I am here. Seize the Day!
We need to recognize the the Holy Spirit brings worship renewal. Good worship does not happen because we decide to make it better, more interesting, or more relevant. No! Good worship depends on divine favor, an action “from above.”
Robert Webber, Worship is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation
In the “I Can’t Believe It” category:
This morning, we were watching Good Morning America while getting ready to come to church and bring James to the bus stop. Along comes the story, that is incredible to hear.
Sunday night we watched as the Ravens blew their opportunity to win the AFC championship. Fieldgoal Kicker Billy Cundiff missed a relatively short 32 yard field goal. From what I understand the 49er/Giants game had a similar last minute blunder that cost the 49ers the game.
While watching the news this morning, I found out that so called “fans” have sent death threats via social media. I realize that many people take sports much more seriously than I do. For me sports are a past time – something I do when there’s nothing else to do. But seriously, football — even NFL football, is just a game people. As I was doing some research about this, I came across this great article.
The writer says it better than I can, but here are a few excerpts:
Kyle Williams has been receiving multiple death threats since Sunday night. His crime? He did not hurt anyone. He did not assault anyone. He did not lie, cheat or steal. He didn’t bilk anyone out of their life savings. He did not embezzle from investors. He did not commit and sins or crimes against humanity.
Alright, he fumbled twice.
But death threats? Really?
This is a game, people.
Kyle Williams is a 23-year-old kid who was thrust into a situation that he may not have been ready for, following the injury that forced Ted Ginn Jr. to sit out the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. He has played two seasons in the NFL after coming out of the Arizona State Sun Devils collegiate team. He is still just a kid.
Yes, his two mistakes led to the Giants winning the game and advancing to the Super Bowl. The 49ers will have to wait until next year to get back to glory. As will the Ravens.
But folks, life goes on in San Francisco and Baltimore.
Life goes on for Williams and Cundiff.
Life needs to go on for certain fans as well.
It is just a game.
Just a game.
People can criticize Ray Lewis of the Ravens if they want. But they need to handle a loss as well as he does. Take a cue from Lewis and listen to his comments regarding Cundiff and the loss.
And this is a player who plays the game. Not just a fan of the game.
It is time to change people.
And that time is now.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
If you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon that little shall be much.
How true this little statement is. I found this little gem posted on some exercise equipment in Gypsy Hill Park. There are several pieces there with motivational, inspirational quotes on them. Last night I was looking back through this blog – especially as it related to running. Most of my early running journal is on this blog. Most of it now is over at Map My Run, but I still occasionally write how things are going. It really was amazing to see my progress over the last 2-1/2 years. It has also been amazing to watch the weight loss. Who would have ever thought an out-of-shape 265 pound man who couldn’t run 200 yards would be transformed into a 200 pound runner who can run a 9 minute mile (when I really try) and run for 10 miles once a week? Very amazing to me and yet I keep pressing on!