Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday flashback

It was a cold one here! But at least the rain had moved on. God even gave us a little snow flurry between gatherings.

It's been several years since I last spoke on the sanctity of life, but chose to do so today because I've seen up close and personal how choosing to trust and obey God rather than culture and finite wisdom resulted in the birth, rather than abortion of my grandaughter. Seeing a baby born at 24 weeks ramped up my appreciation of life more than a few notches.

The message hit home with many. I've learned to be sensitive when addressing "controversial" topics, but to speak the truth as best I can with grace. Several talked with me about past decisions that continue to haunt them and their families. Thank God for His grace and forgiveness. And that's how I wrapped up the teaching today. No matter what wrongs your past holds, God will forgive if you just ask.

The songs were wrapped around the theme of God's creation and how He knew our hearts before they were formed.

I love the dynamic that our lobby gives us both before and after worship gatherings. You can't get people to leave! But it's not just the lobby, it's the genuine community our church possesses. Met several new guests today, too.

Our Honduras Team is off on their trip, and their absence was noticed! I've linked their blog so you can check up on their trip, which was eventful even before leaving ORF!


Scott said...


I'm sure you've read Nate's posts from last night and today, but it was one of the best things I've ever heard on the sanctity of life. I bet your message today was "inspired" as well as inspiring today. Lord bless you friend.

MilePost13 said...

Wish I was there!

Rick Lawrenson said...

The band really appreciated your phone call and prayer, Nate, before the gathering.

Florida_Mom said...

Any chance of putting a podcast of your sermon on the website? Will you be posting the video/slide show on your blog?

ccfh blog addict

Rick Lawrenson said...

We're working on the podcast and revamping our web site. I hope it can happen.

Terry Gray Sr. said...

Thanks Rick for the link to the Hounduras team. It will be neat to follow them.

Rick Lawrenson said...

You're welcome! It will be neat. And I'm so excited to see your son on the team.