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Post Olympic Stress Disorder?

In Sunday’s sermon, we continued a series we have been working through on the last Sunday of each month, called: Regaining Our Spiritual 2nd Wind. We have been examining different aspects of waiting on God by overcoming our mistakes (Peter), overcoming difficult people (Moses), overcoming Sin in the Camp (Joshua),  and this week – overcoming Great Victories (Elijah).

Overcoming great victories is not something we normally think we need to do! The illustration I used, though, was from an article I read about Olympic Athletes suffering from Post Olympic Stress Disorder (POSD). If you are wondering what that is or how it applies to Elijah or the Christian’s faith today, check out the audio and outline posted at: http://www.churchofchristatclover.org/?page_id=183&sermon_id=11. Hope you have a blessed weekend, and remember to be safe this Labor Day holiday!

The Case of the Missing Notes

Well, I’m not sure I can imagine a worse feeling. It was like that bad dream where you go to school and you didn’t know there was a test that day – yikes! After teaching Sunday morning class, I spent a few minutes greeting people. Then I made our announcements and sat down as the song leader began our worship. I looked in my bible for my sermon outline and…nothing. I looked in my class material…no outline. I looked through my computer bag I had brought in for a presentation that afternoon on our new website…no outline. I dug through every piece of paper I could find around me…no outline. And, of course, all of this is happening during worship as we progressed closer and closer to the sermon. Needless to say, I was probably a distraction to those behind me, and I was certainly distracted from what I should have been doing – praising God.

I eased my tension and hopefully that of the congregation by cracking a few jokes such as: “whoever accidentally picked up my notes, please ignore the ‘cry here’ comments!” Thankfully, it was an expository sermon that progressed fairly easily through scripture in a logical manner, and thankfully I was well prepared. I actually got a few, “you should lose your notes more often” so maybe it turned out to be a blessing. God’s word was preached, and that is really all that matters.

Perhaps I am too tied to my notes occasionally. I use notes because I want to be absolutely certain that my words on Sunday match my research leading up to a lesson. That being said, nevertheless, it was a great reminder to me that we need to be ready, in season and out, ready to present ourselves approved, as workers who correctly handle the truth. Will I be ready with an answer when a question comes from a friend, family member, or stranger? Will I have ready recollection of time spent in study? I pray I will. Will you? If not, what are you doing to prepare for the next opportunity? As for me, I plan on being ready…just in case!

A New Work!

Good news! For the last month and a half, Krista and I have been diligently meeting with a number of congregations in the Lord’s Church. I have had the privilege of speaking at many wonderful congregations as Krista and I have been traveling and meeting brothers and sisters in Christ. After much prayer and diligent study, we are excited to accept the position of pulpit minister with the church of Christ at Clover, SC.

The Clover church is truly a mission field from the ground up. This work began as a church plant under the oversight of the Gold Hill Road church in Fort Mill, which began under the oversight of the Charlotte Avenue church in Rock Hill. After years of planning, Charlotte Avenue’s work paid off with a successful church – Gold Hill Road (Fort Mill). Now, Gold Hill Road is looking to increase the Lord’s church in York County with another new congregation in Clover, SC.

We were drawn to this work by the successful track record of these churches, the work that is still left to be done in York County, and the willingness among the saints at Clover to work and grow the church. Currently, the Clover congregation is meeting in local schools on Sundays and Wednesdays, but we look forward to breaking ground in the next few weeks on a new building. Already averaging an attendance in the 60’s, we look forward to growing the church physically and spiritually as we reach out to the lost, embrace the community, and help those in need.

It is, of course, with a sad heart that we leave our brothers and sisters in Knoxville, TN. We have truly enjoyed our time at the East Tennessee School of Preaching and the Karns congregation, as well as, our home congregation at West End. It was a privilege to be asked to help fill the pulpit over the last year and a half at West End where I was baptized almost six years ago. We are thankful for the encouragement, the spiritual development, and the support this church has given us in our desire to teach and preach the word of God.

Jesus instructs us to go into all the world making disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all things which He has commanded. As we take this step of faith to reach the lost, we ask for your prayers for this great work. May God bless each of us in the work that we do for His Kingdom!

A holiday display of…nothingness?

Have you have ever wondered, “What would an atheist display look like?” I mean, if atheists ever defeated religion for a night, a really big night, like…say Christmas, what would they display in order to show the beauty and value of the atheist argument? Turns out, we’ve gotten a few glimpses this year into what that would look like in Leesburg, VA. and Santa Monica, CA.

Given victories with local municipalities to display their best presentations in place of Nativity scenes, atheists in Leesburg, VA., crucified a skeleton wearing a Santa outfit in a misguided attempt to link biblical faith with Santa Claus. In addition, they are preparing a courthouse property display. What will it be? You guessed it… nothing.

Another example is seen in Santa Monica. Atheists found a loophole in the system for gaining public space for displays and garnered public land on Christmas night for “atheist displays.” Meanwhile, a 60-year-old, local Nativity is out of luck. And what, you may ask, will the atheists be displaying? That’s right…nothing. While some of the area will boast signs that claim religion is false, the main display will be – nothing.

Now, I’m not a big fan of Nativity scenes. Most of the time the bible gets maligned for stuff it never even recorded and I end up embarrassingly explaining it to non-Christians. When God’s truth is on the line, we need to be careful to speak where the Bible speaks. If the bible doesn’t say how many wise men, don’t say there were three; if it doesn’t call them kings, don’t make them out to be (since they were probably priests anyway); and if Jesus was two by the time they got there, don’t have Him swaddled in a manger!

Even the best, most impressive scientists have never been able to explain a scenario in which something (the world for example) came from nothing. I can’t imagine how something can come from displays of nothingness either. If you are looking for something-ness this holiday season, look to the author and creator of everything!