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“Receiving and Sharing God’s Love”

It was HOT… but it was sure good to GATHER at the River!

It’s a beautiful thing for a Pastor to watch a church COME TOGETHER and IN CHRIST make such things as GATHER AT THE RIVER happen. I continue to be blown away at how YOU, as a Church, COME TOGETHER to pull such things off. The list is long for the people to THANK and I’ll probably miss a few, but let me try anyway.

  1. There were people who ORGANIZED and made phone calls.
  2. People who set up and prepared the food.
  3. Those that helped MOVE all the tables and chairs.
  4. The musicians/singers who got up EARLY on Sunday morning to move Sound Equipment.
  5. Those that helped people in and out of their cars and organized traffic.
  6. Those that set up the outdoor EVAPORATIVE COOLERS! Thanks Deer Creek Camp.
  7. Those who served as Ushers and Greeters.
  8. Those who prayed and invited people.
  9. Most of all the HOLY SPIRIT who empowers and equips us to do HIS WORK. To God be the GLORY great things HE HAS DONE!

Thank you also for the HUGE POUNDING you gave us on our return. When we finally got all the stuff home, Kaitlin kept saying over and over again, “LOOK AT ALL THIS STUFF… we’ll NEVER have to go to the grocery store again!” It is SO GOOD to be back and I feel so THANKFUL to be your Pastor. I feel totally RENEWED, REFRESHED, and READY to tackle ministry full force with you!

It was an honor and a privilege to recognize and pray for our school workers. Let’s keep them in our prayers all year long and pray especially as they start out a NEW SCHOOL YEAR.

I also want to introduce our NEWEST MEMBERS who joined the church this Sunday: Donna and Jim Jones. I know you will go out of your way to make them feel welcome.

Here’s the PODCAST Link for this morning’s message and here’s the link to our website Medina UMC

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Logos Bible Software 4 Mac Is Shipping Soon!

Logos Bible Software 4 Mac Is Shipping Soon!

I cannot wait! Actually it’s already out (in the Beta), but I’m SO looking forward to it’s full release.

I have been a faithful user of Logos Bible Software for YEARS (Most recently the iPhone app) and believe there isn’t a better Bible Software. I’ve tried Biblesoft, WORDsearch, and others… nothing beats the RESOURCES available through Logos. Available in Windows and now APPLE! Check it out for yourself and get into the Word or more accurately let It GET INTO YOU!

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Well, its our last night in Arizona. After three AWESOME days at the Grand Canyon were headed back to TEXAS in the morning. (Please pray for our trip back!) The experience at the Canyon was MESMERIZING! I could’ve just sat there for hours and just stared at the view. It reminded my of what the Psalmist said…

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” – Psalm 8:3-4

Overall, we spent the last couple of weeks at the McDonald Observatory, Ruidoso, Angel Fire, Taos, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon.

As I reflect on the last seven weeks, my Study Sabbatical has been TOTALLY successful. By God’s grace, I’ve met all three of my goals: (1) I am set to finish reading through the OT and NT way ahead of schedule and have drawn closer to the Lord. (2) I have definitely taken my physical fitness to the next level. (3) I have spent some special and priceless time with my family.

Now I’ll be transitioning back into the Pastorate. My family will be back in just a couple of days and I’ll be driving out to spend some time with my parents and will be working on a preaching schedule for the Fall. I look forward to being being back in the pulpit on August 22nd at the GATHER AT THE RIVER CELEBRATION.

Thank you again for all your support and prayers during my Sabbatical. We look forward to seeing you all!

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