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Change Clocks Tonight (Fall 2009)

Don’t forget to change your clocks back one hour tonight.

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 1/11/2009

Yesterday we began a new message series from the Gospel of Mark. Yesterday’s message was called Good News Starts Here, taken from Mark 1:1-8. The main idea of the message was how God used John the Baptist to prepare the people for the coming of Jesus. Here is a brief outline of the message:

    I. The beginning of the gospel of Jesus (1)

    II. John the Baptist prepares the way (2-5)

    III. The messenger and his message (6-8)

Note: Click on the Sermons tab at the top of the blog for this and other messages.

Quick Takes – 1/10/2009

Ray Pritchard asks what will you leave behind in 2009? “George MacDonald … said, ‘The first thing in all progress is to leave something behind.’ … What are you going to leave behind in order to make progress this year? Remember that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

Mary at Wide Margins shares her Big Picture/Little Picture Bible reading plan. “I’m looking for two things. The first thing I pay attention to in my daily Bible reading is God. What does the passage reveal about God’s character? What does He care about? Then I note what God might be showing me for my life. What can I learn from the passage? Big picture first; little picture second.”

Senator Ted Kennedy advocating his then pro-life position in a 1971 letter: “When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception.” (In case you haven’t been keeping up, Senator Kennedy has long since changed his position on abortion.)

Justin Childers quotes Richard Baxter on anger management. “”When anger rises, confess your sin without delay to those around. Take the shame to yourself. Shame the sin and honour God …” [Baxter goes on to suggest saying to those around you], “I feel a sinful anger rising in my heart and am tempted to forget God’s presence and act in a way that is not proper for his glory and speak provoking words that I know would be displeasing to him.”

Peter Mead quotes Richard Baxter concerning the effect of the preacher’s thought life on the congregation. “When your mind is enjoying heavenly things, others will enjoy them, too. Then your prayers, praises, and doctrines will be heavenly and sweet to your people. They will feel when you have been much with God. Conversely, when I am depressed in soul, my flock will sense my cold preaching. When I am confused, my preaching is, too. Then, the prayers of others will reflect my own state of preaching. If we, therefore, feed on unwholesome food, either of errors or of fruitless controversies, then our hearers will likely fare the worse for it, whereas if we abound in faith, love, and zeal, how it will overflow to the refreshing of our congregations and to the increases in the same graces in others.”

Around the Web – 1/9/2009

Change Clocks Tonight Or Else …

Don’t forget to change your clocks back one hour tonight, or else you will arrive at church fifty-five minutes early tomorrow … instead of five minutes late.

                            Change Clock Back One Hour | Fall Back | Daylight Saving Time Ends

Related post: The Thief

Set Your Clocks Ahead for DST

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight for Daylight Saving Time. I forgot one year and arrived late to church the next day – and I was one of the pastors! (Click here to read about it: “The Thief”)


Thank God it (was) Friday.

God tells us to be thankful in all circumstances, so as I was shoveling snow this morning, I was thinking of reasons to be thankful. I am thankful that I am in good health. I am thankful for the snow that refreshes the earth. I am thankful that I have a home to shovel. And I am thankful that the storm came on Friday rather than Saturday night. We would have had to cancel church for sure.

My second Sunday as pastor at Agawam Church of the Bible we had to cancel services because of snow. I like to tell people that I preached my first sermon at my new church, and the next week no one came back, not even my wife!

Well, that’s it. I am done blogging for the week. Have a nice weekend. I will see you bright and early Monday morning with some new Sunday Morning SoundBytes. Until then, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Don’t Forget to Spring Forward

Yes, it is that time of the year to change your clocks forward one hour and lose that precious hour of sleep. Don’t worry, you will get it back again in the fall.

I am especially aware of Daylight Saving Time because I actually forgot to change my clocks one year. Now normally that’s not a bad thing, but it is when you’re the pastor and you arrive late to church! That happened at my previous church in Florida back in spring of 1998, and I still get calls and reminders from concerned friends and members who think I might forget again. My first year here in Massachusetts they even mailed me a giant clock as a reminder! (And in fact, I just got my annual reminder call from Florida two days ago – thanks Chip!)

Do you have any fun DST stories? Feel free to share them in the Comments section. (Just click on the word Comments above.)

Why Blog? Three Reasons To Start

I know a number of you are new to blogs, so I thought I would take a moment to share with you why I have decided to blog. I began reading blogs about a year and a half ago and have benefited greatly from the information and interaction that the blog format provides. I am more of a blog reader than a blog commenter, but I have still enjoyed reading and learning from the comments of others.

So why blog? Here are three reasons:

1) Share information: This is one of the primary reasons to blog. There is a lot of information out there, and I appreciate the bloggers who have tracked down pertinent information for me and presented it in an organized and readable format. Information sharing goes both ways. Blogging allows me to share information with you, and you to share information back with me. This way we learn from each other.

2) Connect with people: That is – connect with old friends and meet new people as well. Blogging is a public forum and so any number of people may stop by and eventually become a regular reader/contributor at a particular site. I look forward to meeting new people through this site and hope you do too.

3) Capture and organize ideas: As a pastor I do a lot of reading – not just blogs, but books and magazine articles too. I often have lots of ideas while reading, but unless I write those ideas down someplace, I am bound to lose them. Blogging gives me a place to write down and share some of those ideas along the way.

Why blog? Those are three reasons that have motivated me to get started. What do you think? What are some other benefits of reading or writing blogs?

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