During campmeeting not long ago, I was blessed to spend some time on our porch at our cottage at Indian Springs Holiness Camp Meeting in conversation with a friend. In response to his questions, I recounted some of the difficult things God has seen me through across the years. Some of you are familiar with a few; a handful of you, with most (if not all). After our chat, I found myself thinking:
The question is a reference to the occasion when Joshua led God's people across the river and into the Promised Land. Once on the other side, God told them to go get river rocks from the now-dry riverbed as a memorial to "what God has done," so that when their children and grandchildren asked, "Why are these stones here?" they would have an occasion to tell the story.
Those reflections of mine have prompted these questions I want to ask you: What are you doing so that you'll have the chance to brag on God before your children and grandchildren? What stories of yours need to be told? These are sincere questions. Call me. Tell me in person. I'd love the chance to talk about your stories with you. But honestly, the MOST helpful thing you could do is write them out, briefly, and send them to me. Mail it or bring it to the church office. Email it. Send it via facebook (or carrier pigeon). Whatever! I'd love to read them, I'd love to know them. I'd love to pray for/about/over them. And -- only with your permission -- I'd love to share some of them! So . . . in the next couple of days (or next couple of weeks) . . . could you take a few minutes and share some of your stories with me? Seriously!!!
This Sunday, August 2, we will begin a new sermon series -- "HomeBuilders" -- that will carry on through the months of August. We will be exploring the significance that our most intimate relationships can have in our lives and seeking God's wisdom and plan for those relationships:
08/02 - Marriage
08/09 - Children: Obey Your Parents
08/16 - Parents: Teach Your Children
08/23 - Siblings: Love One Another
08/30 - Grace: Making Forgiveness Work at Home
Dan has been the Pastor of Salem UMC since June, 2017. He loves preaching, the Atlanta Braves, beach vacations, and precious time with his wife Brenda and their grown sons. Read More . . .