Welcome to the August 27th edition of The Monday Morning Mess!
We are back in full swing (almost, haha!) as our second week of school is upon us, and that means our second week of house parenting for the 2018-2019 school year! Praise the Lord! I am looking forward to the ministry opportunities that will be afforded us in working with such young children in a tight-knit environment in the home!
Yesterday’s pulpit supply went well, as it was week 9 of going through 1 Peter at the same church, and next Sunday will be week 10, and my final sermon as I preach through the entirety of 1 Peter 5. Preaching through this over such a length of time (just over two months) has been a new and exciting experience for me, especially with so many consecutive passages from 1 Peter on suffering! Today, after the sermon (On 1 Peter 4:12-19), I was approached by a man who said his brother had died of lung cancer and smoked all of his life. And that his sister, who also smoked, has lung cancer, and is suffering greatly. He asked how I would reconcile that suffering, though they know they brought it upon themselves, with always seeking to glorify God and to rejoice, pray, and give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)? I answered just as I have been preaching every Sunday for so many weeks: if they are Christians, to maintain a lifestyle that is a godly one, seeking to bring glory to God in all that they do (1 Corinthians 10:31) and to use their experiences in suffering and comfort to help those going through something similar (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). And, if she isn’t a believer, to ask God to, Lord willing, change her heart and draw her to Him. This was a nice, blessed conversation, as the talk was just one of a small handful that I have had with members of the congregation of Emmanuel Church in Sandwich, IL. It was a blessing to me, and I hope it was a blessing to him, as well.
Today brings the beginnings of a new week of working with the children we house parent, and also a new week of sermon prep (though I began last night after everyone was asleep!). In other news, I will be, Lord willing, getting ordained in a few weeks (September 16th) at our home church, Transformation Church, under pastor Autry Watkins. While I haven’t been there much this year due to pulpit supply, God has richly blessed myself and my family through Autry, his family, and the Transformation Church family in the time we have been going there.
Well, I am off to the daily grind of working with the kids.
Soli Deo Gloria, my friends!
And, as when I can, here is the audio from my sermon yesterday on 1 Peter 4:12-19: