Jesus loves me this I know. Debra Wants me this I know. My kids appreciate me this I know. My church encourages me this I know. My Life Group cares for me this I know. Everything else I know, I will share with you.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

48 and Counting

Maybe its a Crisis, Maybe its a Cry, Maybe its Cool, all I know is that the older I get.....

The less I care about...........

What others think about me, my church, my family. This is especially true for judgemental Christians.

The harder it is to..........

Watch families suffer because of sin. This is especially true for families raised in church.

The easier it is to..........

Want to quit. This is especially true as the older I get, the less patience I seem to have.

The More I Wish...........

I could go back and do things different. This is especially true as I watch young men make the same mistakes I have made.

The Greater God has Become..........

To Me. This is especially true as age only shows us how weak and unwise we truly are revealing a Greater need for God everyday.

The More Valuable the Church is........

To Young People. This is especially true for those 20-30 year olds who wonder if anyone cares, loves them, believes in them as they are making the same mistakes we made.

The More Important the Bible Becomes.......

To a Pastor. This is especially true when my wisdom fails, my strength is gone, my understanding wanes and I need to know what to do.

The More I want to surround myself......

With Good People. Now don't be offended but they don't even have to be God people. But that is a bonus. I love the people of this church. They are good people. The best I have ever been associated with. EVER. But I also love being with my Brother and His amazing Wife. Though they are not church people, they are good people.
I have no time or energy for people who take, tear down, complain, whine, argue, drain me.

I love knowing what I know.
I love my church family.
I love being 48 and Counting.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Big Question for the Day

What do you Honestly Expect God to do Today in Your Life?

Comment an Answer Please

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hymn # 106 Verse 3

There is no other way to describe my heart today, but as heavy with hope.
I feel this way because I have no other choice.
Something I am praying for is totally out of my hands.
If God does not move on our behalf there is no other way the thing that I as well as others are desiring will happen.
Some might say this is only a lack of faith. I say just the opposite.

I believe that God is at work on this issue right now.
And I know what Gods word says about this situation.
But my heart hurts for those who hurt, and its heavy because of the pain of Sin.
And more than that, when choices are made, they will be eternal.

As the old Hymn says, "Someone is Sinking Today"
and we stand in the gap with the Life Line.
We've thrown it out, will they grab a hold?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Letter to newLife from P Rob

Hey newLife there are a few things I want to share with you today...

#1 Thank you for the wonderful Birthday Song. I love the children of this church and am thankful that I am loved by them.

#2 This Sunday marks the end of the 14th year I have spent as a Pastor, but it also marks the start of year 15. While its been a long road, I believe that my best years are ahead of me!

#3 Because of this anniversary, this Thursday I am going to bring several things I have learned about people. Things I believe will encourage you.

#4 Starting Sunday and next Thursday I will be started two new message series. Both of them will address weaknesses, Sunday's in our lives, and Thursdays in the life of the Church. Start Praying Now.

#5 Please continue to pray for Nathanial Smith as he is on his missions trip. I believe that God is going to do a great work in Him.

#6 Debra and I will be spending some time with my Georgia Daughter today as she is visiting family in Eugene and I can't wait to see her! She's Everything a Father would want for his son. Beautiful, Smart, Funny, Loving, and a Christian and she loves me too. (I love getting old)

#7 Thank you all for being faithful to newLife. I realize we are not the biggest Church in town, but God looks on the heart and in His eyes we are huge!

Have an Awesome Day

Pastor A

Thursday, June 16, 2011

"__________________________________ "

Is there anything worse than being blank.
There is just nothing there.

Its not that my mind is on Vacation.
Nor is it troubled.

Its just blank.

I can't write.
I can't read.
I even went home early yesterday to try and revive my mind.
Yet I am Blank.

Usually this is a sign of overload for me.
TMI (To Much Information)
TLR (To Little Rest)
TMP (To Much Pain)

and the worst one.
TLJ (To Little Jesus)

I think I'll go pray, I just hope I don't blank out on God.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Its just a piece of wood..............

....but its heavy. The Cross that some Christians bear.
You know, the one they pick up so that others may know Christ.

Like the singers who give up Tuesday night every week.
Leaving their families at home so that they can encourage yours on Sunday.

Like the Pianists who work so hard several days a week so that they don't miss a note to throw off your worship of God with a discordant sound.

Like the Sound Guys, who even though they just got out of the dentist, still high on life yet hurting in mouth, come to practice so that they would not let others down.

Like the guy who works graveyard yet drags his tired body to practice without complaint to fill the monitors with his deeply moved voice.

Its just a piece of wood, a piece of wood that bore their Savior.
and they bear it so that the whole world may know Him.

Its just a piece of wood, but to them, its all they have

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Why is it............?

.....That just when you think you got things figured out, you realize you don't.
.....That just when you really understand, you realize you don't.
.....That just when you believe your old enough, you realize your not.
.....That just when you know what to do, you realize its wrong.
.....That just when things are going well, you realize their not.

No matter how old I get, why is it that no matter how hard I try to live my life in my own power and wisdom, I realize how much I need God to live the best life possible.

I NEED His Word.
I NEED to Pray.
I NEED the Church.

Why do I need to do these things?
Because God knows something that we don't want to admit.
We need Him and that there will never be a time or place to where we will not need Him.

I guess the better question would be why is it that I fight Him being in my life so much?

Why do I make it so hard to hear His word?
Why do I struggle so much in prayer?
Why do I make the church a problem and not a solution?

Why is it........?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Another Baby WOW

Misty (Cave) Gainey delivered Timberleigh Grace Marie at 8:59 Thursday Night.
8 lbs 7 oz!
This makes like twenty for Misty Right?
Mom and Baby are doing well.

Friday, June 3, 2011

A New Baby!!!

Luke and Melissa Ness are now the Proud Parents of Baby Emma.
She came into the world at 5 pounds 9 ounces Just like Daddy!
Does that mean she's gonna be a scrapper too!

Mom and baby are doing excellent!

Could God have given us a greater gift for Today?!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I was wrong again

This makes twice in my life that I was wrong. lol

I was not bummed from Sunday, but troubled as I felt that I didn't get the point across well. That maybe instead of God using my personality and person to share His truth, that my personality and person got in the way.

and so I blogged about it on Tuesday. And I was wrong

On Tuesday night I was talking to one of our church members whose been struggling in his faith life and has missed some church and he told me that he ran into one of the people who attended our services on Sunday.

This woman, who barely knows this family was a great encouragement. And her joy, and her excitement, and her love, came shining through so much that this man recognized that to have that type of loving person attend our church, that our church had become what he believed we were trying to become.

This woman, who is going through great difficulties herself, was sent on a mission by God, "for such a time as this"!

I love this Church!

I love that your proving my feelings wrong with your facts of faith.
I love that your living the word of God not being hearers only.
I love that Jesus is being shared by those who attend newLife.

I love being wrong!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Oh what a wonderful wonderful day!!!!!!

Just heard the news. A young woman by the name of Hanna trusted Christ as her savior Sunday!
How did it happen you ask?

Well, it was quite the process.

20 years ago Tim Clark Sr and His wife trusted Christ as their savior.
Their young son Tim came to church with them and learned about Christ and somewhere along the way Tim trusted Christ as His savior.

Yet Tim Jr like many of us fell away from God, then Tim Jr almost died in a car accident that turned Him around and brought Him back to God.

This he learned from His parents whose lives have been one trial after another yet never totally giving up on God either.

Because of this faithfulness to God, when Tim started dating Hanna it was just natural for her to come to Church because that's who the Clarks are.

After several weeks of coming to church and being moved by the testimony of the Clark's, the Love of newLife, and the word of God, Hanna trusted Christ as her savior.

Hanna's salvation was twenty years in the making.
and what makes this so significant is that she wasn't even born yet.

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Who else is out there waiting to feel our love to see His love to know His love who wasn't even born when you became a Christian?