Monday, September 28, 2009

From Chapel to the Rodeo

It was a fun week to be alive and living for the Lord.  Last Wedneday, I spoke at chapel for the Chino Valley Christian School for both (separately) the K-5th grade assembly and then the Preschoolers.  It is always interesting and encouraging to share with the grade school kids, but it sure is a challenge to speak to the preschoolers.  They have such a short attention span and need words that are on a very basic level.  Kind of like regular church.....ha ha.  Just kidding.  (You know I have a wonderful church fellowship, and this is a joke about other churches.....ha ha.)

That night I led a program by use of a DVD in our Wednesday church service.  It was a message by David Barton, president of WallBuilders.  His organization has thousands of original documents that preserve our history and show an undisputed depth of Christian influence and basis for the formation of America.  We are so blessed with such a heritage and it is being debunked and hidden in our history books in these modern times.

I was reading a friend's blog who challenges my belief system and perspective of American history.  This friend quotes Mark Twain, who wrote:  "Faith is believing what you know ain't so."  Well, who do you believe in the final analysis, Mark Twain or the God of the Bible?  That's the real test of faith.  Has Christianity shown full obedience and faithfulness to the God of the ages?  Surely not.  Just like I have not been perfect all of my life.  But the imperfection of my Christian walk (or of any other Christian) does not deny the reality of faith and perfection we know through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It's that simple.

Well, on Friday Sondra and I went out for a date night.  We went to see the movie "The Informant."  Long and boring to me.  If you see it, let me know what you think.  On Saturday morning, I went to an Alumni Board meeting at California Baptist University in nearby Riverside.  I was asked to give an update on our Homecoming Committee plans for next February.  Saturday night we went out and had dinner at Appleby's.  Afterwards, on the first corner we came to, heading for home, we saw a lady with a flat tire.  We followed her as she pulled over and helped change her tire.  It took about an hour because she had the wrong jack and we had to make adjustments to use it to make the car go higher.  Anyway, a friend was with us and he managed to get it all done.

Yesterday was a good day at church.  We are planning for some special events in October, specifically looking at Pastor Appreciation Day.  That is such a blessing and encouragement.  We have a great fellowship and congregation full of loving people.  Last night, a couple took me and Sondra (and a few others) to a nearby rodeo in San Bernardino.  The Sunday afternoon of dust and roping and riding and entertainment was such a great way to end the day.  I am blessed beyond measure.

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