Well, it looks as though the “Coastal Stomach Bug” has come and gone for the most part. Although it did finally decide to bite Wes earlier this week. The weekend was kind of busy after being sick most of the week. I was basically holed up in the office Friday and Saturday getting ready for Sunday.
Sunday’s attendance remained solid even though several were out sick. We continue to have 1st Time Guests each week. We closed out our “txt” series on Sunday. My sermon was on having a quiet time. It was kind of “seminar-ish” in nature – very how to. I said that our whole series on the Bible was a total waste of time if it did not lead more of us to spending time in God’s word. I didn’t want people walking out of Sunday only saying, “I ought to have a quiet time.” I wanted them walking out saying, “I can and I will have a quiet time.”
And that’s how I know that Sunday’s sermon was a success. Sunday afternoon I got a call from a couple of guys at the bookstore buying a Bible. They wanted some direction. And that was just the beginning. Sunday night we had 13 adults in our 201 Class and all week I’ve heard reports of people getting into the Word and spending time with God – that’s success!
Monday was my wife’s birthday. Birthday’s are a big deal in our house. We like celebrating and birthday’s are as good a reason as any. Honestly, the kids and I were feeling kind of guilty because we were not as prepared for Janet’s birthday as we usually are. The stomach flu kind of took care of that for us. But we made up for it on Monday. Because of the previous week Janet needed to do a little bit of school in the morning, but the rest of the day was all about her birthday. We got her the usual fare of flowers and cards and then we went out for lunch. After lunch we went to the Town Center in Mount Pleasant for a day of shopping and a movie. Evidently, they had a big sale at Anne Taylor Loft and we got Janet some great stuff. We then went to see, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” It wasn’t a GREAT movie, but it was cute and somewhat funny. We picked up some steaks on the way home and I grilled out. The shopping day might become a birthday tradition for the girls.
Tuesday morning I was up early and off to Oakland for my Monday morning Prayer Group. I had missed the Tuesday before being sick. It was the first time I missed the group all year. Boy was I missed. Now I’m not sure if it was me they missed or the coffee and doughnuts, but either way they all asked about me and were glad to see me back. Truthfully, I missed them. I love our group, but I love walking the halls, telling everyone, “Good Morning,” passing out coffee & doughnuts, and talking with the teachers and students.
This week we begin a new series entitled, “One Month To Live.” It’s based on the book of the same title by Kerry & Chris Shook. On Sunday we’ll have copies of the book for everyone to purchase ($15). Much like The Purpose Driven Life, the book is broken down into 30 chapters of daily reading. More about that later.