Courage

Our church is showing the movie Courageous this Saturday, February 4th at 7 PM. The cost is free. Because of that I thought I would share some quotes on courage this morning.

  • “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 Set List

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

Happy Day

Once Again

Worship Through Prayer

Songs of Worship

He Knows My Name

The Love of God

Worship Through Giving

Special Music

Worship Through God’s Word

Stewardship:It’s A Question of Attitude

Closing Song

Offering

Benediction

Sunday Night Thoughts

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

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

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…

True and False Prophets

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
January 29, 2012

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

 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.’

Eating At A Buffet

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!