Sunday Rewind :: 2.27.11

Cell Phone Picture by Jordan Rippy

Today was a special day. Lots of amazing things happened. I’ll try to give a great run-down of it all. Today was just “on.” The band was rocking. Baptisms always blow me away. Overall a GREAT day! Here are some thoughts:

  • First, and most importantly, we baptized two kids today. I LOVE THAT! That’s why we do what we do! It was extra special because both boys were baptized by family members. That makes it special and unforgettable!
  • Had my good friend Jason Betler visiting today from Singapore – so don’t try to tell me you drive a long way to come to church 🙂 Jason is an evangelist with an incredible ministry in Singapore and surrounding countries! Loved my time with him.
  • Got to meet the new President of my alma mater, Southeastern University, Dr. Kent Ingle. I’ve heard great things about him and look forward to getting to know him better!
  • We continued our “Money Where Your Mouth Is” message series today by redefining blessing.
  • I got to eat, and pour out a ton of Cheeseballs today. You’ll have to watch online this week (available Tuesday) if you missed it!
  • Blessing is a word that has been so abused by churches and Christian leaders. But here is the truth. God wants to bless you. Period.
  • In Malachi 3, God says to Malachi that we’re robbing Him by withholding our tithes and offerings. He promises that if we return (give) our tithe, that He’ll bless. The phrases He uses are that He’ll throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe.” What it means is that God will be our provider.
  • Then we looked at Luke 9, where Jesus feeds the 5,000 (there were 5,000 men – probably around 20,000 people total). What is so interesting about the story is that Jesus blessed the boy’s lunch, and gives it back to the disciples. The miracle happens in their hands – not Jesus’ hands. The principle is this. Our finances must first be blessed (honoring God by tithing), then for it to multiply, it must be given away!
  • What would it look like for us to walk in the blessing of God?
  • When God blesses us as He promises, we must learn to not just increase our standard of living, but increase our standard of giving!
  • We showed this video from the Dominican Republic. As we’re blessed, we want to increase our giving to make a difference in the world! (Note: This was produced in the Dominican Republic, hence the spelling errors in translation)
  • Finally – we are SO STINKING EXCITED ABOUT EASTER!!! It’s going to be great. More details in the coming weeks. Who are you bringing???