Sights & Sounds from Sabbatical-Post #3
The word "sabbatical" means a "break or change from the normal routine." Today, was day 15 of my sabbatical. And, these three Sundays have been when I've felt the most "strangeness" from the change of my normal routine. However, even though I'm not leading the worship on Lord's Days right now, Sundays are still the best day of the week. Worshipping the Lord with the people of God is the most fulfilling activity on the planet.
This week was a pretty full week, even on sabbatical. Thanks for all the love many of you showed me on Monday for my 50th birthday. It was a great day!
I was able to do some extra study this week on the reliability of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). That was edifying. God's Word is perfect and trustworthy!
Since June, Karyssa and I have been training for a marathon. This was my ninth. It was Karyssa's first. We had a great run yesterday, in Hartford, CT. I'm so grateful to the Lord for His healing and strengthening grace for my daughter. As many of you know, two years ago, she was unable to walk. To complete a marathon yesterday, is all of His grace! Praise be to God!
After our marathon, I flew to Charlotte for a quick visit with my daughter, my son-in-law, and my grandson, Hudson. (Did I mention that we have a grandson?) Today was extra-special because I was able to attend church on Hudson's first Sunday!
I was able to join my daughter, son-in-law, and Hudson at their church, Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Mallard Creek Campus this morning. The worship in song, prayer and the word were encouraging. Pastor Clint Pressley spoke a great message from Mark 8:11-21. Jesus warned all of His disciples about the danger of false teaching and that it is like leaven, it has the power of permeation. That false teaching can be in the form of legalism (Pharisees) or secular ideology (Herodians).
It was nice again this week to hear from some of our church family through calls, and text. I'm praying for you often.