Monday, October 19, 2009

It never gets old

Sara and I completed the half marathon together in Indy on Saturday. In spite of an injury to her left calf around 11 1/2 miles, she toughed it out. Crossing the finish line at the end of a long race never gets old.

First service yesterday three friends baptized another into Christ. One told her story, the other took her confession, the third baptized her (they fumbled through how they should hold their hands to do it, but it still counts :-). Watching friends baptize friends through tears never gets old.

Been studying the surprising book of Zechariah for about three weeks now....reading and re-reading passages and studying the prophetic parts. Lots of Jesus prophecies in this book written about 500 years before Jesus was born - like being sold for 30 pieces of silver, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and people looking on the one they had pierced. Obscure book - great stuff in the Word of God. The Bible never gets old.

Along those same lines, we're getting ready to dive into a year long study of the book of Luke November 1. We did Deuteronomy for a year and now we are going to see Jesus through the eyes of Luke for another. Again, the Bible never gets old.

Second service several respond to the invitation including a young man named Jake. He said to me, "I'm ready to take up my cross - I want to be baptized". After taking his confession and praying for him, I asked him if he wanted to talk about his baptism for a later date or do it right now. without hesitation he said, "Let's do it now". So we sang another verse while he got ready and as his girlfriend cried tears of joy, I was privileged to baptize him. That never gets old.

This coming Sunday is vision Sunday and it will be my privilege to recount how has sustained us throughout the years and what he will do through us if we are faithful with all he has entrusted to us. Talking about God and recounting the miracles that are happening among us never gets old.

Today some seriously planning for Christmas Eve and reading a Christmas book for some quotes. The story of God coming into the world never gets old.


marla said...

Reading your blog never gets old. Thank you for serving God and always making His stories so real and so applicable to today. God continues to bless me through you. It never gets old

Steve said...

Listening to you preach - never gets old!!

Singing along with Matt - never gets old!!

Serving in the church - never gets old!!

Cherie said...

Sunday's service was awesome! Fantastic worship and a very challenging message. Thanks Mike!

ChampaignChris said...

I'd like to solicit ideas on how to bring together two Bible passages that seem to contradict each other, at least on the surface.

On one hand, we've been called by Paul to take up our crosses. That's some heavy lifting there! On the other hand, though, Jesus himself says in Matthew 11 that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. See the confusion?

We tried to resolve this in our small group by looking at the word "yoke". Many times a yoke is meant to fit two animals. Maybe there's an implication that we're hitched with Jesus and, as a result, He'll be carrying a lot of the load for us. Yet, we still have do much of the walking and some the labor too.

I don't know.. anyone else have thoughts on this? Please share!