Scott said this picture was appropriate with me in it because of the slogan and/or web address. Is he saying I'm wild? I think he meant that as a compliment. ;-)
So, back to the church thing. Like I said. I'm always there. Except for yesterday. And even though it is one of the most consistent things I do always and forever, I did not miss it one single bit yesterday. I was even a little giddy as we drove past church after church with cars in the parking lot, thinking to myself "nanny nanny boo boo, y'all are at church and I'm not!"
I think that's a good sign that it was time to take a break from it.
But I made up for it today.
I heard several wonderful men of God speak today. One of them was Michael Catt. He's the pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. They are the ones that made the Fireproof movie (and Facing the Giants and Flywheel).
Oh, oh, oh, what a message.
Here are some highlights:
- Everybody either knows Christ or needs Christ
- Carnal people won't care about lost people. Only spirit filled people will care about lost people
- There is a difference between being just welcomed and truly wanted
- If you're slinging mud, you're losing ground
- A great problem in our churches today is the presence of an absence - the absence of the Holy Spirit.
- Whatever your choice is regarding living in the spirit or not, either way there are consequences.
I'm not going to want to go home.
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:1-6