A Proud Father!

Andrew and the youth praise band performed “Amazing Love” this Sunday.  He’s playing lead guitar and singing.  The camera was right in front of the band, so the singing sounds a little soft but it was a touching performance.

I’ve added three new audio sermons to the church website.

Some people have mentioned that Sunday’s sermon reminded them of a Steven Curtis Chapman song.  “Dive” can be seen here.

Life in the hood…

Audio and video for my mother’s day sermon on marriage are up!  We’ve also had an interesting week in the hood.  One person that I normally help with bus fare was in need of some food assistance, so we were able to help him out.  Another person contacted us for food from the food pantry, but only wanted “healthy” food!  We managed to accommodate him as well.  The third person was someone Val and I saw while we were walking.  He was older, looked a little the worse for wear, only had one shoe, and had just about walked the sock off of his other foot!  We gave him some food and I offered him my shoes, but he said that he “had never worn sneakers in his life”!  He also admitted to having been out on an all night bender!  The good news is that we saw him later and were able to provide an “appropriate” pair of shoes.

Why do I mention this?  Because I think that it’s a great illustration of the way we treat God.  He says, “Can I help you my child?”  We say, “Well, I don’t like the way you want to help me.  Can you do it a different way?”  Or perhaps we say, “I don’t need your help.  I can take care of it myself.”  In truth, we need his help not only for our salvation, but we also need it for everything else we do every moment of our lives!  Let’s remember that “Pride goes before destruction, and  a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).