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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
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SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
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11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
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New Life

New Life

Psalm 139:13-14 – “For You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Today was a birthday, a very special birthday, the birthday of our third son Lane Philip.  It has been an amazing journey.  We tired six years to have a child very unsuccessfully until God decided to bless us with Austin in 2005.  Shortly thereafter  he had heart surgery at 20 days old, so we decided he would be our only one.  Surprise! Out came Isaac in 2008.

We decided then that he would be our last one.  Then in June of this past year Leann said, “we may need to go get a pregnancy test.”  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  Then after taking the test I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, it was positive.

We were surprised, shocked, elated, scared, and in absolute amazement.  9 months later he’s here.  Last night I laid in bed and I did something that I normally don’t do, I worried.  I worried about everything from what today would be like, to how my wife would be, to how he would be, to what would happen 20  years down the road.  While I was laying there praying, I felt sinful.  Sinful because I was worrying.  After all Jesus’ most often repeated commandment was, “fear not”.

Then I had a revelation from God (and I do not say that lightly in fact I rarely say it), I was worrying because I had made an idol out of life.  I wanted life the way I wanted it.  I wanted to be able to plan out my wife 20 years from now, and my wife’s life 20 years from now, and my sons lives 20 years from now.  I had made it an idol.  Martin Luther says, “our hearts are idol factories,” and he’s right.  I had made an idol out of my own life and that was causing me to worry and to damage my life.

I went to sleep praying about today, and I woke up with as Paul says, “the peace of God that passes all understanding.”  We arrived at the hospital around 5:30 am and got prepped for Leann’s c-section.  They took her back to do the spinal and I had a few minutes by myself standing outside the door of the operating room.  It because a very holy time and a very holy place.  Again these are things that I don’t say lightly.

But during that time God brought several Scriptures to my mind, including Colossians 3:4, “for Christ who is your life appears…..”  Here I was getting ready to see my third son and the Scripture says, “when Christ who is your life appears.”  My prayer became Jesus be my son’s life.  Let him know you and follow you and walk with you.  Let him and all of my boys trust you.

Psalm 139 says they are fearfully and wonderfully made and I know that full well.  I am thankful for the amazing gift of life (I write this as my son cries beside me because he’s hungry).  And now that he is here and now that he is alive, I want him to know God’s gift of eternal life.  That is my main prayer as a father, for it is ultimately all that matters.

Birth is hard.  No matter how you come into this world birth is difficult, it is a shock to the system.  Being born again is difficult in a way as well.  Difficult because it is a hard realization.  It’s hard to realize that we are sinners in need of Savior, but that is what we all are.  We all are sinners in need of God’s forgiveness and His amazing grace.

Life is a beautiful and wonderful thing.  Eternal life is as well.  I pray today that all my boys know Jesus, that they know His forgiveness and His gift of eternal life.  I pray that they know Him in a deep and personal way.  I pray that they love Him and that they trust Him for that truly is all that matters.  And that is my number 1 responsibility as a parent.