Today is both the first day and the first Sunday of March, 2009. Can you believe it? Time really does seem to fly by?
When Trey and I drove in to church this morning, it felt like the weather was going to be nice. By the time the 8 AM service was over, it was raining pretty good. Then when the 10 AM service was over, the rain had stopped. But it was winds were blowing really hard. Don’t you just love this Florida weather?
I love teaching the New Members Class.
We were blessed to baptize about ten new believers this morning. Praise the Lord!
Dr. James Abbington of Emory University, was our special guest this morning. His accompaniment on the organ was a great compliment to our music department. The worship music was very uplifting.
I began a new series of sermons from the Parable of the Sower (Matt. 13:1-9, 18-23). I am calling the series, “The Heart’s Response to God’s Word.”
My opening message in the series was an overview of the parable, which I called, “The Sower, The Seed, and the Soil.”
I sought to explain how the kingdom of God grows by explaining how a harvest grows in a field:
1. The sower does his work.
2. The seed does its work.
3. The soil does its work.
The tyranny of the clock…
For some reason, today was one of those days when I wished I was a manuscript preacher.
Thank God for those who were saved and added to our church fellowship today.
As always, the celebration of the Lord’s Table was a wonderful reminder of the price the Lord Jesus paid for our salvation and the bond we share together in Christ.
My favorite NBA team won today – whoever is playing the Lakers!!!
The Most Important Commandment
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. – Mark 12:28-34 Armies win…