Mayday

Lily of the Valley

I don’t know if it is the fact that I’m a May baby or that school got out in May when I was a kid, or the fact it was the easiest month to spell, but I always look forward to this month.  The above picture is the official flower of May – “the lily of the valley.”  (now that song is stuck in my head).

Corporate worship is a great way to start any month.  For me, the singing is what I look forward to the most.  Even better was our Circle-Up Singing last night.  I know I sound like a broken record, but we have something special with David Brooker and his ability to teach songs, plus leading sining.  Last night he taught our “song of the month”, which is a combination of Just As I Am and another I Come Broken.  A beautiful medley with a powerful message.  We will be singing it throughout the month of May.

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Yesterday finished our study of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts.  We have a few more lessons from the good doctor.  This week we will look into the name Luke uses exclusively to refer to this group of Spirit-filled followers of the exalted Messiah – “the Way.”  What did that mean, and why did he use it more than any other name, including “Christians”?  I have been digging and found some great treasures.

Daisy

I discovered another unique accomplishment by one of our teens.  Daisy Cabanas took first place, with this drawing, in an art contest.  Most people don’t know this about me, but I love art.  It is hard to believe this is a 9th grader.  Look at the reflection of the glasses and the details in the hair and sweater.  The fingers and eyes look real.  Ok, enough amateur art critic.  This church has been blessed with some artist.  A few months ago we featured another prize winning artist.  Congratulations Daisy.  She also moonlights in the sound room running the PowerPoint slides on Sunday morning.

For those interested, the Mount Dora Christian Academy softball team will be playing for the state championship at Dodgertown.  The game is set for Wednesday at 11:50 am.  I believe the admission fee is $9.  MDCA is one of our Christian high schools.  Bring sunscreen.

As we wrap up, I want to encourage you to think about those things we learned from Luke-Acts about the Holy Spirit.  As a Gentile (non-Jew), I have been blessed by being miraculously grafted into restored Israel (Rom. 11:11-24; Acts 10:44-48).  The promise of salvation is given to me, as well as being filled with the Spirit in my life.  There is nothing I can encounter today that is powerful enough to steal the joy I have when I reflect on this fact.  Live in tune with the Holy Spirit by reading His Word, meditating, and praying.  Empty yourself and allow the Spirit to direct you to be Jesus, to share Him, and even to a life of good deeds.

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