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    Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable!

    It’s said that infamous gambler and gunfighter Doc Holiday’s last words were “This is Funny” and its thought that he said that because he assumed or even expected that he would die in a gun fight and not in a rented hotel room, flat broke and eat up with tuberculosis.  In other words, things just didn’t turn out the way he thought it was supposed to and to him that was funny.   In no way can I compare to Doc Holiday and I certainly don’t want to but recently I switched roles in the church that I serve in from Children’s Ministry to the Care Ministry.  For 22 years I’ve been teaching…

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    The Magi Got it!

    I was leading a lesson the other day about the Christmas Story. Not the movie but the actual story about Jesus coming to earth as a baby thing and I noticed that the kids I was teaching were all squirming in their seats and restless and bored. It’s not that I was teaching in a boring way or that the content was boring. I think it was because most of the kids in the room that day had already put the Christmas Story on their mental shelves and had other things on their minds. Just from the conversations I heard, most of the boys in the room were much too…

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    A Little Story About a Volunteer!

    Thought I would share a little story about a volunteer in my ministry named Dori. Dori is in her mid 50’s, married and has three children. She worked for over 20 years at a local brick manufacturer and was let go last year because of Covid. Actually, she lost her job because the government actually paid the brick manufacturer’s hourly workers more to stay at home and be unemployed. The problem with that is that Dori was in administrator for those workers and if she has no workers to oversee, then she was left without a job. Doesn’t seem right to me but to some in DC, that kind of…

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    The Value of a Soul

    As a children’s minister I’m often caught up in the day-to-day oversight of making weekends happen.  Are there enough volunteers? Is the curriculum ready?  Do we have enough Cheerios?  You know, the stuff that makes Sunday great for all children’s ministries everywhere.  As the lone paid staff member in the children’s ministry, I rely on the goodness, dedication and hard work of a team of volunteers who make it all happen, each and every week. I would be lost without them to say the least.  The preparation for Sunday is essential and has to happen every week, but the challenge I find is that with everything it takes to make Sunday’s happen all of that…

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    The Great Gift of Wisdom!

    That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” I love this passage from 2 Chronicles chapter 1 not only because Solomon knew his position in life but that he knew he couldn’t do…

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    So Much to Be Hopeful For!

    Below is part of a sermonette that I was recently asked to give at a community-wide, canned food drive event that a local charity was holding in my neighborhood.  As you might expect, there really wasn’t that many people there considering the current social distancing challenges any large scale event poses. So, I thought I would just share this with you. Enjoy! The other day my wife had the morning news going while she was enjoying her morning coffee. As I was getting ready for the day, I sat down with her and we went over each other’s schedule.  As we were talking, I couldn’t help noticing that the news covered about…

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    Take off the Mask!

    On Thursday of this past week, Texas State Governor Gregg Abbott mandated the wearing of masks inside or even outside places where the public gathers or assembles.  Churches were once again exempt from this mandate and though I appreciate that gesture, our church has made the decision to have all staff and volunteers wear them. All for the sake of trying to slow the spread of Covid-19. What’s interesting is that one of the biggest things we constantly bring up in our church is that if you want to help get rid of the virus of sin in your life, you have to take off your mask and be fully known…

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    Has 2020 been crazy or what?

    Isn’t it weird that 2020 seems so out of control?  Does this mean that God is preparing us for the end times, or has he officially got the ball rolling on that?  Is this just another year that we will look back at and say, “boy that 2020 was a crazy year?” or will we forget this year even happened except when it’s brought up in conversation or on the History Channel?  Is 2020 a year of correction from God designed to remind us that He’s still in charge?   I’ve asked all of these questions and I think I have the answer to them all and the answer is probably…YES! I have to…

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    Is this thing on?

    It’s 9:55am on a Tuesday morning and in 5 minutes I’m about to go “live” on Facebook to share a lesson or devotional on a special Facebook Page aimed at the kids and parents that call Rock Creek Church their church home.  I’m prepared and ready to share something utterly profound and amazing since after all God’s word is indeed just that, but then I realize I have no idea if even one person will be online with me to see it.  Will I be saying “is this thing on?” That’s when it struck me…Oh my Goodness, does God feel this way sometimes? Does God sometimes feel like anyone is hearing him?  Granted,…

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    A Children’s Pastor’s response to COVID-19. What an opportunity it is!

    It’s everywhere and it’s effecting everyone. No one is exempt from the effects of COVID-19. This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen and I thought 9/11 was about as crazy as it gets. I would have never guessed that I’d see the day that I would run out of toilet paper and there wouldn’t be anymore to buy. What’s funny is that there are people out there that have 800 rolls of toilet paper filling up a closet or garage in their home. Who would have known that a respiratory virus would require so much toilet paper to cure? I wish I was half as smart! Oh well, I’ll…