After a fast trip to Nashville and back, Missy and I are finally home. Micah is officially moved into the freshman dorm at Lipscomb University. As you can image, we are very proud of him. The easy part was getting everything unloaded – the difficult part was watching my melancholy son organize everything. Everything has to be “symmetrical.” As a sanguine, I don’t understand things like this (Missy does). We were able to get the things he would need and settled in. A big shout out to the Otter Creek Church who sent several members to help unload vehicles into dorm rooms. It saved my back much pain, as well as time. That night Micah texted Missy to let her know he was headed out to get ice cream with some of the guys. This was music to our ears. Micah arrived on campus not really knowing anyone. The next morning we were going to bring more supplies he needed for his room, but he was getting ready to go play racquetball with some folks. The last night we asked him if he wanted to go out with us one more time before heading out early the next morning – he wanted to stay on campus and be involved with some of the stuff going on. We are going to miss Micah at home, including the weekly visits of his girlfriend Mollie (headed to Ole Miss), but this is what we have been preparing him to do for years. Our little bird is ready to fly the nest. Things are “symmetrical.” Now we pray Lipscomb will give him the other tools he needs for life. However, we are looking forward to Thanksgiving!
While in Nashville I became famous. Missy and I heard about this great pizza place and went there for lunch. As we walk in, we find out they are taping the “Ben and Kellie Show” that comes on television. I remember Kellie more for American Idol a few years back, but now she has her own talk show. They taped me doing what I do best – eating. I’m guessing I will be on an upcoming show. Please no autographs during worship.
On a more serious note, I have heard so many positives about Payton’s first sermon. He just moved in and I had to ask him to speak. I told him he didn’t have to do the current sermon series, but he was happy to do it. I cannot tell you how excited I am that he and Darian are here. Payton brings a unique and creative aspect to the ministry staff. He is grounded in Scripture and loves God. More to come…
Speaking of sermon series, I want to tell you about something I have wanted to do for years. Beginning September 9th, I will be teaching and preaching through the same book of the Bible – Galatians. In the morning class I can give more details to the text and the sermon more application. This, in my opinion, will really open up a clearer understanding of God’s Word contextually and for our lives.
However, we have another week of our “I Am Jesus” series. This Sunday is the final lesson – “I Am the Vine.” I began studying last week, and can attest that what Jesus says here has the potential to change your life!