1Thessalonians 5:16-18 “16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
This weekend was GREAT!
This past Friday, we had our 5th annual Midnight Madness Basketball tournament. Thanks to all of you who helped out behind the scenes, and for those who participated in the tournament. I am excited to announce that my team “They Did It Again” won their 2nd straight year. I was not Lebron James nor D. Wade on the team, I was simply a role player! Still got a medal though!
Joy of Sabbath
In this busy season of traveling, ministry, and more I have been on the go! Things have been good, however it has been taking a toll on me physically. One of the commands that is often looked over is the 4th commandment “Know the Sabbath and keep it holy.” Sabbath is a day of rest and ultimately a reminder that God can make this world run without you. Because I preach and generally have different meetings on Sundays, I celebrate the Sabbath on Saturdays. Sabbath is a day for me to recharge, hang out with my family, and pray. Having the opportunity to spend time with Cherelle & Chloe, and sometimes friends, energizes me, and puts me in position to hear from the Lord, and be reminded of His power and grace over my life. All work and NO Sabbath equals burn out… and I do NOT want that. I encourage you to look over your week, and ensure you have some recharge time with you and the Lord. Rest!
This Sunday we started off a new series entitled “Thank You” aka Steps to Gratitude. This past sermon was kind of heavy as we talked about moving from Bondage to Deliverance from Luke 8:26-39 (Click Here for the notes). As I preached this past Sunday, I was reminded of the true freedom that comes from the Lord, and the many ways we have become accustomed with living in bondage rather than true freedom. Bondage is anything that hinders us from living up to the potential that God has invested in us. In the Luke 8 text, the man that was possessed with demons taught us some valuable lessons of gratitude. We should all be grateful because despite all he had been through he can now say:
1) I am at the feet of Jesus (v34-35)
2) People see God through my mess (v36-37)
3) I have been commissioned to share the story (v38-39)
Many people experienced deliverance from all types of bondages this past Sunday, and I am sure that they will go and tell the story about the power of Jesus. So I am looking forward to the testimonies and lives changed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I was greatly encourage this past week as I prayed, reflected, and preached on the topic “Thank You for Deliverance.” So I ask you: What has the Lord delivered you from?