Today was a very good day. It was very chilly this morning (winter is on the way), however, it was very warm atmosphere in worship in both our 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. We are grateful for the people of God who came to worship today and we had a very good worship experience in both settings.
At 8:00 a.m., the Men of Praise Choir (which I also double as their choir director) sang one of my favorite Patrick Bradley songs, “I’m Standing In The Need of a Blessing,” which is a song that he taught us at Gospel Music Workshop of America several years ago. It was led by one of the best voices at FBC, Bro. Michael Carter. I don’t know why Michael hasn’t been recording music – he has a melodious voice – I’m going to encourage him to do so by auditioning for Sunday’s Best in 2013. The world needs to hear him. After preaching and serving the Lord’s Supper, Minister Tyrone Roberts taught our Mass Sunday School.
At 11:00 a.m. we have been in transition since going to a shortened service. We’re attempting to be completed (unless the Holy Spirit says otherwise) around 12:30 p.m. It’s been a pleasant adjustment. This morning the Magnificent Mass Choir really let God use them this morning. Among the songs they sung was Charles Jenkins’ “Awesome.” They really praised God and honestly, I was broken when I got up to preach in that service.
The sermon today, “Called to Do Impossible Things” gleaned from Genesis 6:6-8, 14-17. This sermon was actually birthed during a discussion of our Tuesday Night Teaching (Bible Study) about Noah’s lack of training and experience to do God’s will (building of the Ark). The main point was to demonstrate that God is not always looking for proficiency but for availability. I believe they received this word warmly.
Tonight at 5 p.m. I met with the Sons and Daughters of this ministry. We haven’t had an opportunity to meet for a while due to activities at the church and it was a very fruitful meeting. Matter of fact, it was about two hours long and it didn’t feel like it. I appreciate all of our sons and daughters in the Lord.
THE NFL TODAY: The quality of games were not as high as last week, but I still have some observations:
– St. Louis 17, Arizona 3 – Arizona is going to have a very painful season.
– Baltimore 9, Kansas 6 – No surprise here, other than just a 3 point spread.
– Miami 17, Cincinnati 13 – I turned this game off, I thought Cincy had it in the bag.
– Indianapolis 30, Green Bay 27 – My nephew Alex Green got significant p.t. and Indy got significant luck.
– NY Giants 41, Cleveland 27 – Cleveland popped the champagne too early. Did they really think that Eli was going to lay down?
– Pittsburgh 16, Philadelphia 14 – The battle of Pennsylvania was a great game. Great coaching strategies.
– Atlanta 24, Washington 17 – Praying for RG3 but I think it’s going to be a long season in DC. Atlanta is the real deal.
– Chicago 41, Jacksonville 3 – Zzzzzzzzzzz
– Seattle 16, Carolina 12 – How does Seattle keep on winning?
– New England 31, Denver 21 – Mr. Manning vs. Mr. Brady and Mr. Brady wins again.
– Minnesota 30, Tennessee 7 – This was a great game of two persons not going anywhere.
– San Francisco 45, Buffalo 3 – Someone should call the SPCA and put these Buffaloes out of their misery
– San Diego vs. New Orleans – In Progress
– Houston vs. NY Jets – Tomorrow night
I’ll be watching football tonight along with the remake of Steel Magnolias, Dexter, and Boardwalk Empire to call it a night.