This weekend was FULL, but it was great! I spent Thursday in the hospital with my wife. She woke up really sick, but I am glad to report that she is about 90% better now. I have to keep my superwoman on her feet! It was also good to dust off my nursing skills. I love you Cherelle, and I am glad to see you back on your feet and doing what you do!
Late Night Prep
In Acts 6:4 it says that the apostles gave themselves to prayer and ministry of the word. Thursdays are usually my Acts 6:4 days and is filled with prayer and preparation for Sunday messages, praying for the congregation and prayer request that have been submitted. I thoroughly enjoy this time with the Lord, and hearing from Him concerning DUCC. Well because of our hospital visit on Thursday, I ended up doing my Acts 6:4 time late Friday night. This reminded me of the earlier times in ministry where the majority of my sermons were prepared after 11pm. It was a time that I could ensure that I would not be distracted nor limited in time. This Friday, I had a special experience as the Lord spoke a very fresh word or revelation and reminder. As I was hanging out with Chloe, listening to some preaching, and meditating (yes at all the same time), my big question was: What does it mean or look like to live in Authenticity. Wise words from a mentor of mine surfaced as I was thinking: “Don’t preach what you don’t live.” At that moment I felt a weight lifted off of me to simply share from a place of lifestyle for this upcoming sermon. As I read Galatians 1, I was greatly encouraged by the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul, and the level of authenticity that he walked in. As I was studying the definition of authenticity that came up was: to be of undisputed origin. Galatians 1:10 Paul said “For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Living in authenticity is about living in such a way your origin (being created in the image of God) is undisputed. People should see Christ in you more than anything. Galatians 1:24 Paul said people were able to glorify God in him. That’s the ultimate goal of authenticity, that people are drawn to Christ through our lives. Preaching this message on Sunday morning was refreshing for me, and I am grateful to not have to walk in shame or fear, but to walk in authenticity trusting the work of Christ in my life, not just my preaching. Authentic living = Authentic Preaching! The gospel has not and will not ever become stale to my life. I echo Paul from 1 Cor. 9:27 “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
This past Saturday we had an opportunity to recognize and celebrate all of our volunteers. We are truly blessed with some amazing people at DUCC. Keeping this church going and growing is a continual task and growing burden, but God has sent the laborers for the harvest! Thank you to all the volunteers at Divine Unity Community Church.
Dress Up & Step out
Irondress, my wife’s ministry had its first public event: Dress up & Step Out for the cure, which was a Breast Cancer awareness initiative. Ladies from Harrisonburg, Hampton, and Northern Va all dressed up and walked a mile in the city to support those that have affected by breast cancer. For more information on this ministry please check: www.irondressess.com.
We also had our first baby dedication this past Sunday. It was a truly special & powerful event. We had 10 babies dedicated. Congrats to the parents and family on this special day. I must admit that I cried quite a bit throughout this time. I love my daughter and excited to see what the Lord does in her life!
Sorry this one was a little lengthy, but I pray that you all have a wonderful week and living in authenticity!