August 24, 2008

Sermon Notes

Filed under: Sermon Notes — Neil @ 9:10 pm

Due to the lack of power in today’s worship services the sermon will not be posted in our sermon archives.

Here are my notes from today:

Sermon topic:  Ingratitude
Text: Deuteronomy 8

Romans 1:21
Ephesians 5:20

1. Unusual provision – last year we complained about the drought, this year we complain about too much rain.  We major on the negative.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in every circunstance
If God doesn’t provide, we won’t have

Deuteronomy 8

1. His supply is assured
Every good gift is from God.
My problem is my wants exceed my needs.
2. His supply is abundant.
He gives according to His abbundance
3. His supply is
Discipline is a result of love.

The arch ememy of joy is complaining.
Psalm 77:3
Job 2:10
Philippians 2:14

John 15:12

We have been delivered.

We are different because of God.


August 22, 2008

SON Valley

Filed under: Parkway — Neil @ 4:13 pm

I’ve just returned from visiting SON Valley. It is a home for mentally retarded adults. Parkway will be at Son Valley on Saturday, September for a work day. We’ll be doing a variety of work projects (clearing a nature trail, working on some flowerbeds, cleaning out a trailer that will be their new activity center) plus we’ll be playing games w/ the residents.

Its been over 2 years since I’ve been to Son Valley. The youth ministry went there during Spring Break of ’06 for a work day. At that time none of the homes were completed. We swept, painted, cleaned, burned debris (the favorite of the guys). It was really cool to go back & meet the residents who are now living in those homes.

If you are interested in serving w/ us on Sept. 6 please email me.

August 21, 2008

Wednesday Reflections

Jr. High

  • Crowd: 43; Great crowd considering the weather last night.  We had 5 1st time guest!  If not for the weather we would have reached 50, hopefully we do so next week.  It was a very lively crowd.  Lots & lots of energy.
  • Game: Probably the best game we’ve done since we started this service last year.  We did the Jr. High Olympics & it was hysterical.  Now I’m feeling the pressure to come up w/ another equally good game.
  • Music:  I thought the band did as good of job as ever in the jr. high service.  Good song selection & the group was really into it.  We did have a few 7th grade guys line dancing to Salvation is Here which was really odd.
  • Teaching: I thought I really connected w/ the group.  There was a lot of energy during the game & music but they really focused while I was speaking.

Sr. High

  • Crowd: 25, which is less than our goal for last night, but still not bad for our group.
  • Music: Josh did a great job as usual.  I’ve become so accustomed to him doing a great job, I almost forget how blessed we are to have him lead each week.
  • Teaching:  Depends on who you ask.  I felt better about the jr. high service, Amanda disagreed.  I did video this service & posted it here.

August 20, 2008

Afternoon Video Break

Filed under: Videos — Neil @ 2:33 pm

Wednesday Preview

Tonight is week 2 of Quest. Click here for my outline.

My attendance goal for tonight is 70. However, its been raining all morning & the forecast is for more of the same for the rest of today. So, being that we are Baptist I’m thinking that we won’t meet our goal.

August 19, 2008

Decision ’08

Filed under: Decision 08,Polls — Neil @ 10:10 am

I just updated the Decision 08 poll to include the paper ballots that were turned in on Sunday. The results are not what I expected when the poll began. If I had my pick the 4 decisions that would be a part of the series are:

  • What did Jesus say His church should look like? I’m called to serve His church & I want to be as productive as possible in being a part of His kingdom.
  • Should I limit myself to friendships w/ believers? I believe this issue is central to spreading the Gospel. I also think its a major part of why we aren’t effective in spreading the Gospel.
  • What movies/tv shows/music is appropriate for Christians? I’m reading Pop Goes the Church right now, so that is likely influencing my thinking. How we view & leverage culture is a big question for believers.
  • Who should I date? Who should I marry? Pre-marital sex? Dating/marriage/sex has become a very gray area not only in the world but also within the church.

I’m preaching on Oct. 26 so I’m anxious to see which topic Ken gives me.

Here’s the final poll results:

Death; Is life support ok? What happens after death? 76 10%
What is appropriate worship? Is it an event or an experience? 71 9%
Is it ok for a Christian to drink alcohol? 64 9%
What did Jesus say His church should look like? 60 8%
What is God’s will for my life? 58 8%
How should I spend my money? 54 7%
What is the proper lens to interpret the Old Testament? 53 7%
Are all religions equal? 51 7%
What is my role in the church? 50 7%
What movies/t.v. shows/music is appropriate for Christians? 39 5%
I’m saved, what’s next? 37 5%
How to choose a career? How do I know if I should change jobs/careers? 37 5%
Is there an age limit on honoring and obeying my parents? 27 4%
Should I limit myself to friendships with believers? 26 3%
Who should I date? Who should I marry? Pre-marital sex? 19 3%
Is homosexuality an acceptable alternative lifestyle? 19 3%
To have kids or not and when is the best time? 11 1%

What Would You Do?

Filed under: Personal — Neil @ 8:26 am

Yesterday, some friends shared w/ me the story of the church, FBC Orange Park,  in Florida who turned down a $600,000 gift because it was won through the lottery.  Its an interesting dilemma.  You can read about the story here.  You can also visit the pastor’s blog here.

What would you do if you had to make the decision?

If you would not accept the $:

  • what would be your basis?
  • how would you decided which $ to receive?
  • would you consider how each giver in your church earned the $ that they are giving to the church? (would be ok to receive $ from folks who work for casino? what about bartenders or guys/gals who make a living taking advantage of the poor?)
  • what if it had only been a $60 0r $600 dollar donation?

If you would accept the $:

  • is that giving your support to the gambling industry?
  • have you sacrificed your moral convictions for $
  • is it an example that the love of $ is the root of all evil?

Its an interesting situation.  In all honesty I’m not sure where I fall on the issue.  There are biblical examples of God rejected man’s offering.  However, there are also examples of God taking something that wasn’t intended for good & using it for His glory.  I do think its much more complicated than deciding rather or not its ok for a church to receive $ from a lottery winner.

What would you do in this situation?

As always the thoughts I express on Neil’s Blog are my own & I don’t speak for any organization or anyone else.

August 18, 2008

Decision ’08

Filed under: Decision 08 — Neil @ 6:43 am

The Decision ’08 poll closes today at noon. So, far 175 people have voted. My goal was to have 200 vote in the poll.

If you haven’t voted please do so now! Click here to vote.

August 17, 2008

Parents Update

Filed under: Parents,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 6:38 pm

I’m having problems w/ the church website, so I’m having to post the weekly parents newsletter, Parent’s Update (very creative title, I know) here.  Click here to view if you’d like.

Ain’t it sad that free software from wordpress works better than expensive software.

Sermon Notes

Filed under: Sermon Notes — Neil @ 6:15 pm

Sermon Notes 8.17.08
Ken Anderson
Philippians 3:3-11

  • Pride is the only disease that makes everyone sick but the one who has it.
  • Pride is easy to see in others.

Sins of pride that we struggle with:

1. Moral Self-Righteousness
The only sins that we talk about are the ones we don’t struggle with.
We enjoy talking about how bad society is, while we sit in our Bible
studies classes.
2. Correct Doctrine
We need to hold our doctrine in humility.
1 Corinthians 8:1
3. Achievement.
Zeal was the greatest religous priority to a Jew.
Busyness isn’t spirituality.
1 Corinthians 4:7
Luke 17:10
4. Independent Spirit
When you stop learning you stop living.

Paul moved from pride to power.

Freely live.
1. Loss is gain.
2. Death Is life. We have to deny self.

Fight the good fight of faith.
1 Timothy 6:12
1. All believers suffer
Grow up & get over it. None of us suffer like Jesus did.
The fight is not in the church but in the world. We are to be the salt
of the earth not the sugar.
2. We all serve.

Focus on Christ
1  He emptied himself.
1 Peter 5
2. God exalted Him

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