Monday, September 17, 2007

Homecoming @ Leawood

Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching at Leawood Baptist Church for their annual Homecoming. Yesterday was extra special considering all that their pastor, my father, has been through lately. In fact, sadly, he could not attend yesterday's service. He is undergoing chemotherapy, has been sick, and the doctor ordered him not to go. He was able to call and speak to the congregation over the PA system.
I preached on "finishing the race" and completing the course that God has for each of us. I wanted to close the service by pointing out that God also has a plan and purpose, a course, laid out for Leawood. Yesterday was homecoming, looking back and thanking God, but also a time to look forward to what God has in store and renewing our commitment to Him to carry it out, according to His grace. Albeit, the fine man in charge of the service deemed it fitting to close out the service when he did and I was not able to convey that last part as I had wished.
The service was good; the singing and music was good; the food was plentiful and all delicious. Even with the absence of Dad, one could not help but rejoice in the Lord for His great faithfulness. That same God, we know, will remain faithful unto His servant through it all.
We rushed home back to Reidsville, in time for AWANA and evening worship. We had a wonderful time of fellowship after church last night with lots of homemade ice cream and outstanding desserts. Even better was the fellowship we share together because of Jesus' love for us. My prayer is that we will desire to spread that love, the love of Jesus, all around and that we will eagerly desire to share that sense of family and fellowship with all of our neighbors.

Quote of the day: "The only thing that will ultimately break the power of sin is passion for Jesus." -- Sam Storms
Pleasures Evermore: The Life-Changing Power of Enjoying God


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