Sunday Summary – October 17, 2021

Sunday was a day with a lot of Kingdom activity. Some intense things were happening in people, and I had significant conversations and deep prayer. My message titled “You are enough” spoke to the core of our identity and stirred some truth we all need to hear.

Our youth group had a successful Fall Retreat. That weekend has been an important developmental activity for our church family.

Thank you, Lord, for all of this!

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USA and Globalism

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Globalism is a force that can not be reversed but can be managed better. America gave up its manufacturing base too quickly at the end of the 20th century. We have to keep making stuff in America.

We’ll never be able to make everything, so global trade is necessary and has benefits. Positive actions in recent years have slightly pushed back against our over-dependence on trade. As we see the ships piling up outside the port of Los Angeles, it is another sobering reminder of our dependence and vulnerability to the rest of the world. A strong America is good for the world.

Challenges create our story

Do not let your problems overwhelm you because the resolution is ahead. Take a deep breath, and recognize that no emotion you are managing is unique to humanity. We are resilient. We are problem-solvers. As image-bearers of our Creator, we move into the future with confidence that every challenge is our story of glory.

Sunday Summary – October 2, 2021 – Fall Break didn’t stop us

We knew ahead of time that Fall Break Sunday brings challenges with so many people traveling. Then, it rained. Yet, visitors came, and those in town were faithful to the gathering. The worship music had a depth that was formative and satisfying. My teaching on Manipulation: The Jezebel Spiritwas thought-provoking. I am glad we did not break from corporate worship. He is always there when we gather in His name.

The US needs fiscal leadership

Congress has been irresponsible with the national debt, and the continual argument about the debt ceiling proves this lunacy. We have to raise the debt ceiling, but we should not be in this situation. There are consequences for reckless spending.

The global economy relies on a robust American economy, but spending beyond our means produces instability that ripples around the globe. Beyond the rest of the world, we have significant financial issues hurting the middle class and those who desire upward mobility through hard work. Can you believe how expensive a college education and a starter house are today?

Sound financial decisions are the basis for long-term sustainability, but there seems no appetite for restraint. Our country must spend less, stabilize the Social Security program, and freeze the expansion of social programs until we can balance the budget.

We need fiscal leadership.

Sunday Summary – September 26, 2021 – We Gather

My heart is full from Sunday’s services. Seven were baptized, and we had a special baby dedication at 9:00 AM. I am so grateful for the church and the weekly gathering for worship. It is what God’s people have always done, and the remnant will continue to do so. And if the Lord tarries another one thousand years, believers will be gathering for worship then.

This is what God has called us to do. This is who we are.

Todd Hunter’s newest book – Deep Peace

I just eagerly ordered the book Deep Peace, the newest release by Todd Hunter. Todd has been at the forefront of several Christian movements in American for the last 40 years, so his insights into our faith today are proven and needed. Todd desires this book to “make a real difference in the conflict and anxiety that permeate Church and society.”

Since Todd has moved to the Nashville area from California, he has been gracious to me. I am enthusiastic about his ministry and what this book can mean to people.

Sunday Summary – September 19, 2021 – “Resisting the Devil in an Unspectacular Way.”

Both of our services were strong today, but there was a wave of spiritual intensity during the end of our musical worship set at 10:45 AM. Pastor Aubrey sang a spontaneous song about the joy of the Lord, and I could feel us all stirred. You can experience this in the video posted below. (We do not usually record the 10:45 AM service, so this was a neat exception! The part I am referring to starts around 24 minutes, 30 seconds).

My sermon on “Resisting the Devil in Unspectacular Way (Part 1)” was very practical and seemed to impact a lot of listeners. I look forward to sharing the second part next week.

I like Constitution Day

I have not been aware of Constitution Day, but I am glad we have one! The United States Constitution, established in 1787, has served me well. I am thankful to be an American.

September 17 has only been designated Constitution Day since 2005, but social media is helping it catch on. Also, higher education institutions that receive Federal funds are expected to acknowledge Constitution Day.

So cheers for freedoms given by God, defined by the Constitution, defended by the military, upheld by the judicial system, and celebrated by the people.