Sunday morning was a boarder line sweater vest day, but hey, how often do we get that close to cooler weather in Vero? Today, though, is definitely a sweater vest day. I almost had to wear a jacket…almost. For all you freezing Floridians, go to you your favorite coffee shop and get a hot pumpkin flavored beverage. You will thank me later.
Back to Sunday. It was a good day. Ladell did a fantastic job in our auditorium class on the family. If you are a family with young children, and didn’t come, you missed out on a great study. You definitely should come to the rest of these classes.
In worship, we finished our series on the Reformation Movement. Tomorrow marks the 500th year of its beginning. Hopefully you have been able to understand the importance of this movement and its focus on the Scriptures. They didn’t have all the answers, but many died so we could continue to search for ourselves. Much of my series was based on the research of two books – God’s Bestseller by Brain Moynahan and Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe. There are other great resources out there if you want to learn more about its history.
Sermons in November will be a hodgepodge of topics. This Sunday’s lesson will simply be called “Double Down the Line.” Right now we are in the midst of one of the best World Series (even though the Cubs are not in it). So a spiritual lesson from a great sport is just what we need. Actually it is inspired by one of the girls who plays on Bella’s softball team and visits with us at times.
On November 12th, we will bring back Baptism Sunday. Of course, any day is a good day for a baptizing, but we will focus on the Biblical subject that day. Some people are on the verge of making this decision. The hope is it will help answer those lingering questions and encourage others to partake in one of the great rituals given to us by God. That afternoon, I will be at the building praying, and available for anyone who is ready to make this decision or want further study. Some may choose to be baptized right after the sermon, which would be great! I ask you to pray about it over the next two weeks.
On November 19th, we will be studying the first time the word thanksgiving is mentioned in Scripture and how it should continue to enhance our lives today. It is a beautiful word and centered around a powerful sacrifice and feast. Make plans to join us and invite others in the community attend.
Speaking of feasts, this Sunday we are having dinner on the grounds. There will be some friendly competition between the Care Groups – games for all ages – card games, corn hole, and maybe some volleyball and basketball. Most importantly, we are spending time with each other in a social setting. Look for follow up emails on what each group is responsible for bringing. Also, this will be in place of our regular Sunday night meeting for the month.
Everyone should be well rested for the picnic since we turn our clocks backward (Fall back) on Saturday night. That’s right, we will get an extra hour of sleep!
IN THE NEWS: Here are a few pictures I caught this weekend.
The teens had an 80’s Halloween Party last night. The 1980’s was my generation. Great music, big hair, banana bicycle seats, parachute pants, Pac Man, E.T., Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back, Back to the Future, cassette tapes, Rubik cube, and the last time the Dodgers won the World Series. Our teens looked great, but man, would they have enjoyed the 80’s.
Saturday Missy and I went to the Jaguars car wash. One of our young people, Walker Soop, participated with his football team in raising money. Despite having a cast on one hand, he was in the mix. It was the most organized car wash I have ever witness with a group. They had an assembly line with those who washed, rinsed, and dried with blowers and towels. Well done guys.
Last, but certainly not least, were the winners of a costume contest. Yes, that is David in the chicken suit. Even more amazing, is they made everything, with the exception of the hook. Very impressive…weird…but impressive. Seriously, congratulations.
THE WRAP UP: Rather than go into all the reasons God’s Word should inspire us each day, I will leave you with its own message from Psalm 119:129-131,
Your decrees are wonderful;
therefore I obey them.
The revelation of Your words brings light
and gives understanding to the inexperienced.
I pant with open mouth
because I long for Your commands. (HCSB)