Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Janie mowed her parents yard yesterday (pictured). She was covered with dirt and dust by the time she was finished. I wish I had gotten a picture of her. She was as dirty has I have ever seen her. She went strait to the shower. I had changed the lawnmower blades while she was at the doctor's office with her father. I used my impact wrench and that did the trick. The blades came right off and the new ones went right back on with no problem. I cooked supper while Janie was mowing. I did not ask permission from my mother-in-law to do so. I opened her freezer and dug through there and found the oldest package of peas she had. They had been put in the freezer the year Janie and I moved to Hillsboro. I took out some roast that she had cooked and frozen three years ago. I put both of these in the same pot and cooked them together. When they were through I spooned the chunks of roast out of the peas and put them on a plate by themselves. I made some macaroni and cheese, put everything on the table while my mother-in-law set out the plates and place mats. Janie finished her shower and we were ready to eat. My mother-in-law had never thought of cooking roast and peas together in the same pot. "It saves electricity" I said "and saves washing a pot."
We are back in Hillsboro having arrived at 1:16 this morning. I have been working on the sermon for Sunday and stopped long enough to make a pot of homemade chili. Normally when it is 94 degrees outside you would not think about making chili but I was hungry for it so with the inside temp at 80 I made chili. We had to run to Wal-Mart to get a few things and now its back to work, reading.
I may be leading the singing tomorrow in our morning services. I ought to have the sound man put Jason upon the big screen via skype and have him to lead the singing, he inherited his mother's musical talents not mine, thank the Lord. I lead the singing at the nursing home at least once a month and enjoy doing so. I will enjoy leading others in worship tomorrow.
My sister, Jean, made her trip by car safely to my mother's house. Mother will enjoy her company for the next couple of days. I think Jean heads back to Colorado on Monday. God bless you.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I have picked out a text and sermon for Sunday morning and night, worked on the lesson for Wednesday night, finished and emailed the bulletin for Sunday. I am now ready to work on my thesis for the next three hours. I just thought I would blog first.
Our oldest daughter called and they are doing well. They are considering how they are going to spend their summer vacation. Scott is thinking about going on a mission trip to Thailand and while he is gone for three weeks Stacie is thinking about making a trip to Michigan to see Scott's mother. They certainly have a sense of adventure. Travel to a country in political turmoil and drive cross country with five small kids in a used mini van. Sounds kind of like an adventureous 52 year old man that I know who went snow sking for the first time in his life and then later tried to hike across the desert miles from any help and who still has dreams of hiking across the Grand Canyon.
Well its off to thesis research land. God bless you.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I preached a sermon on how you can know that you are saved. It was a very blunt sermon. I used no euphemisms whatsoever. I used the plainest of terms to tell my congregation just exactly what you must do to be saved. If you have not done this you are lost and headed for hell. Euphemisms have a proper place in language. They can be used to comfort those in grief. They can sooth hurt feelings. They can admonition and rebuke gently and persuasively. Euphemisms have no place in the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People need to hear the truth as plainly and bluntly as it can be told. There are six things you need if you have not been saved. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior you need these six things.
1. You need to believe in God. (Hebrews 11:6)
2. You need to believe that the Bible is God's word. (2 Timothy 3:16)
3. You need to know that you are lost and condemned. (John 3:18)
4. You need to know how to be saved. (Acts 16:31; Luke 13:3; Romans 10:13)
5. You need to want to be saved. (Acts 26:28; Acts 24:25)
6. You need to repent and believe in Jesus Christ NOW. (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Tomorrow morning I will be preaching at the nursing home. It would not surprise me at all if I used some euphemisms when speaking to that audience. They need and deserve soft words and gentle phrases of greatest respect and honor.
Tuesday is Bible day as well with the ladies in the morning and Faith MBC of Hewitt in the evening. I will enjoy both immensely. The first picture is of the church building where our newest son-in-law is now the pastor. Sarah called us today and asked what Monday would be good for us to go with them to Dallas to spend the day sightseeing. We agreed on June 7th, Lord willing. She wants to go see the aquarium in Dallas and then go to some very large mall of which she is familiar. The second picture is of Janie's roses on the north end of our house in Hillsboro. God bless you.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I will head for bed now and get up early for prayer and mediation. I expect good services tomorrow and a good VBS meeting afterward. God bless you.
My soul was thirsty once and there was only one source of water to quench that thirst. That source was Jesus Christ. I tried to quench my thirsting soul with the things of this world but the best water is the true water of life, Jesus Christ. It is the best because of the resulting relationship. I am His and He is mine.
water yesterday. It was 91 degrees while I was outside working. The picture is of the two girls that will be sleeping on the bunk bed. The older one, Emma, brought me a glass of ice water while I was working. They both were very helpful handing me screws and moving things. I warned them that the saw was going to be loud so they should cover their ears. The younger one, Anna, would run into the house to escape the noise. Janie and I stayed up late last night painting the bunk bed. It is finished now and ready to be delivered. We will do that this afternoon. My mother called with an electrical problem. One of the floresent light fixtures smoked when my brother put a bulb in it. She seemed concerned about it so I will go by there on my way back to Hillsboro. God bless you.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The thesis is coming along well. I have about 50 index cards most of these from the book I am reading right now. I am half way through the book and the next book on my agenda is even thicker. I will finish the one I am reading now next week and get started on the next one. I have learned much and am anxious to get started actually writing and sharing what I have learned.
Sarah called and said Justin was sick, sicker than she had ever seen him. He was filling better this evening. Stacie called and it seems Elijah's doctor's appointment went well. He has gained something like four pounds and three inches. God bless you.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
1998 was a good year. I was only 43 years old and my oldest daughter was already married and my son married in August of that year. 1998 is also what it is going to cost Janie and I to fly over to France to see our new granddaughter. We are hopeful that the Icelandic volcano will not cause us problems going or returning.
I worked on the baptistville.org website today. I put up a new form for camp registration. The other one was not spam proof but this one is. I like it better because it will email back the person who filled it out so that they have a confirmation that it was received. I am going to put a similar form for churches to fill out on the MBA of Texas link from Baptistville. It will allow them to fill out their church letter online and save them a stamp. I am going to encourage its use at the next MBA of Texas meeting.
We have enjoyed having mother here. She seems to have enjoyed her stay. We are going to take her home in the morning. We will return to Hillsboro on Saturday stopping by Tyler to see Sister Davis if we can and then go by the plant farm to let Janie spend her gift certificate on some flowers. The picture is of the puzzle we have been working on for the past 2 days. God bless you.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
My children seem to have this competition going over who calls first on special days like today. The phone rang this morning and I saw that it was my oldest daughter and I answered "Your number one." In about 10 seconds our other daughter called and while Janie was on the phone I had to break the bad news to her that she was second. Mother's day in France is celebrated in June so Jason was off the hook. This picture is one I took the other day of Janie on the phone.