Sunday, January 11, 2009
What do we mean by "Catch the Wave"? Today I talked about how as a church we have to be ready for the waves (whatever God does) He sends our way this year and sieze the opportunities for ministry and mission. That means while we can't plan for them or predict them, we can be prepared and we can pray. We can't be passive, because God isn't passive. While I'm just as concerned about the days ahead, I also believe "greater things are yet to come".
As we sang "Let the Praises Ring" at the end of the second gathering I thought about my first January eighteen years ago and the difference. It's hard to imagine what God has done here over the years, and keeps on doing them. Earlier we sang "I Stand Amazed". Exactly. Here it is January (the slowest time on the Outer Banks) and our ushers are having to set up extra chairs.
Yesterday in my "Discovering NHC" class, which introduces new attenders to who we are and what we're all about, I think it was the biggest class we've had in the past 10 or 11 years teaching the class. Tonight we launched Divorce Care and I'm totally stoked about it and can't wait to get a report. I'll bet it explodes. Thursday and Saturday mornings First Appointment - small groups for men - got our new year start. We're beginning a study called "Being a Godly Man in Troubled Times". There's always room for more guys to join us!
Next week we start "The Journey: Start to Finish", and we'll track the life of Moses. Helping us launch the series Sunday will be our friend Doug Whitley. Doug's an actor who uses his extraordinary talent to portray biblical characters and great preachers of the past. This will be Doug's first ever appearance as Moses. He'll be telling Moses' life story. It will be a "don't miss" Sunday for sure.
Now, I'm watching an episode of "Extreme Home Makeover" that looks to be a real tear jerker.