Monday Evening, June 22

We are finished with another week of revival meetings here at MPC. Is it going by way too fast, or is that just me??? I know we’re all weary in body and our throats are scratchy and barely get time to recover, but I hope we can get everything there is to get out of these times before they are gone forever… and may we, as a church, never be the same!

Monday Evening’s service was a perfect ending to one weekend and a great segue into the next… a reminder that “God is Not Surprised by the Endtime!” And the solution for the ailments that accompany these closing moments of time is simple… just preach the word!

The service ended with a reminder that we need to hear a word from God and a call for everyone of us to commit, not just to being a hearer of the Word, but a dedicated follower of that Word!

Now, let’s take advantage of our days off so we’ll be rested up for this coming weekend! God’s gonna finish just what he started…

Watch Carefully…

Watch your thoughts… they become words.
Watch your words… they become actions.
Watch your actions… they become habits.
Watch your habits… they become character.
Watch your character… it becomes your destiny.

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he…”

Sunday Evening, June 21

We came back to a wonderful sitting in the Holy Ghost tonight. Bro. Rex Lewis led the service and before very many minutes had passed, THE TOUCH came in the room and there was much weeping… and eventually, much rejoicing.

Bro. Channell preached to us about “The Finishing Touch of Sin” and it would not be an understatement to say that I will never read the story of Adam and Eve’s fall from favor the same again. As his self-described ‘hyperactive imagination’ kicked in, we got to listen in as they discussed the consequences of their actions… how long did it take to get a taste of that death that was promised???

But eventually, that final consequence of sin is going to be dealt with. John said that a day would come when ‘death and hell would be cast into the lake of fire.’ When “The Finishing Touch” is put on sin, I want to be there to see it’s demise!

After the message, the altars were again filled and we are looking forward to the service tomorrow night. If you’re in the area… we’d love to see you!

Sunday Morning, June 21

I know… it’s exactly what you’re expecting to hear… we had WONDERFUL church again today… but I can assure you, it is definitely true!

“If You Can See It, You Can Have It” was the theme for this morning’s service and the evangelist described for us our first step towards God. If we are to grow and find roots in a relationship with Jesus, we must be able to have a hope, a vision, of what we believe is possible. If you need salvation, you’ve got to have the faith to see yourself walking the aisle and receiving everything that He wants you to have. He has the gift you’re needing… and He doesn’t have to be begged to give it to you! He is sitting on the edge of his throne, just wishing we would ask!! Got something you need from Jesus… if you can ‘SEE’ it, you can have it!

The response to the message had both visitors and saints in the altar and several of the men danced and worshipped and some wanderers took some further steps in their returning journey!! A real note of victory was sounded and yes… dinner was served late in every church home today!!!

Happy Father’s Day 2009

To every dad at MPC, and to every dad who reads this post, we wish you a very happy and fulfilling Father’s Day! May God bless you with many years of watching your children grow to serve Him as you lead them weekly to a house of worship and daily into a relationship with the greatest Father of all! Happy Father’s Day!

A father carries pictures where his money used to be.
~ Author Unknown

Henry James once defined life as that predicament which precedes death, and certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for getting him into that predicament. But a child does owe his father a debt, if Dad, having gotten him into this peck of trouble, takes off his coat and buckles down to the job of showing his son how best to crash through it.
~ Clarence Budington Kelland

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.
~ Enid Bagnold

He didn’t tell me how to live;
He lived, and let me watch him do it.

~ Clarence Budington Kelland

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.”
~ Harmon Killebrew

The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God; I call him Dad!

~ Author Unknown

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Saturday Evening, June 20

I am posting late because church was a major event tonight. We never even arrived at the house until after midnight! Jesus was extra specially good to us tonight.

We had a half-dozen visitors, three of them first-timers and two of them were in the altar praying, heavily moved on by the Holy Ghost. A backslider visited with us and prayed through… another guest who has been attending for several weeks was the first in the altar and definitely moved on! Isn’t Jesus wonderful!!

There was a great move in the service itself and the signing team blessed us with “Only Jesus” and “I Have a Friend”. Bro. Channell sang some old hymns, starting with “Power in the Blood” and finishing with “Nothing But the Blood”! The message he delivered was one of conviction, and everyone was challenged to win “The Conflict that Just Won’t Quit.” He described how Jesus death was merely the act that brought eternal conflict into the open. Since that day, even up to tonight, the conflict rages on… and you and I get to decide which side emerges victorious! The devil and all his imps are wondering, just as the angels in heaven are, what are you and I going to do with the message that we’ve been given. Victory goes to the side that WE CHOOSE!

He recounted for us a statement by Napoleon that “every battle has a 15-20 minute period” that historians will refer to as the crucial moment when the battle was decided and the victor determined. Our choices in every service, even tonight for some of us, could determine the victory or loss of our eternal soul.

Thank God for preaching that convicts hearts, and for hearts that respond to that conviction! God bless you all and I’m already excited to see what God is going to do tomorrow!

If He did it for them… He can do it for you!!

Praying in the Altar
Praying in the Altar
The Warren Lewis Family... Is Jesus Good, or What?!
The Warren Lewis Family... Is Jesus Good, or What?!

Men’s Breakfast… Saturday AM

Hey… thanks to all who showed up for the breakfast and fellowship this morning. Unfortunately, because of the rain, we had to cancel our proposed fishing trip and the breakfast was a last minute (as in, last night) substitute plan, making it difficult for some to make it. However, thanks to each who came out at 7:30. It’s great to be among friends… especially friends who love Jesus!

The Lion’s Hair

The following Ethiopian folk tale reminds us that many times, our determination and focus can be the bellwether of our success. Over the past few months, I have found myself relating this story in several different settings and submit it here for your perusal.

May we determine to do all that we can to make our marriages, our parent/children relationships, and our relationship with Jesus the very best that they can be…

In a village in the mountains of Ethiopia, a young man and woman fell in love and were married. For a while they were perfectly happy, but then trouble started — they began to find fault with each other over the little things. He blamed her for spending too much at market… he was always late. Not a day passed without a squabble of some sort over money or friends or household chores. Sometimes these fights led to angry shouting which ended with each going to bed not speaking, making things even worse.

After a few months, when she thought she could stand it no more she visited a wise judge to ask for a divorce.
“Why?” asked the old man. “You’ve been married barely a year. Don’t you love your husband?”
“Yes, we love each other. But it’s just not working out. We fight a lot and he does things that bother me. He leaves his clothes lying around the house. Drops his toenails on the floor. When I want to do one thing, he wants to do another. We just can’t live together.”
“I see,” said the old man. “Perhaps I can help you. I know of a magic medicine that will make you get along much better. If I give it to you, will you put aside these thoughts of divorce?”
“Yes!” cried the woman. “Give it to me.”
“Wait,” replied the judge. “To make the medicine, I must have a single hair from the tail of a fierce lion that lives down by the river. You must bring it to me.”
“But how?” the woman cried. “The lion will surely kill me!”
“Then I cannot help you,” the old man shook his head.

The wife thought long and hard. She loved her husband very much and the magic medicine might save their marriage. She resolved to get it, no matter what it took!

The next morning she walked down to the river and hid behind some rocks. When the lion came by and she saw his claws as he got a drink, she froze with fear. When he bared his fangs she nearly passed out. When he roared… she turned and ran home.

But the next morning she was back – with a sack of fresh meat that she sat on the ground two hundred yards from the lion. She hid behind the rocks while he ate.
The next day she came back, setting the meat down one hundred yards from the lion. And the next morning, only fifty yards. She stood nearby while he gulped it down.
Each day she drew closer to the fierce lion and finally stood near enough to thrown him the food, and eventually, she fed him right from her hand!
She trembled as she watched the great teeth ripping and tearing the meat, but she loved her husband more than she feared the lion. Closing her eyes, she reached out and pulled a single hair from the tail!
Then she ran as fast as she could to the wise old judge.

“Look!” she cried. “I’ve brought a hair from the lion!”
The old man looked at it closely. “This is a brave thing you’ve done and it took much patience and resolve.”
“Yes,” said the woman. “Now give me the medicine to make my marriage better!”
The old man shook his head. “I have nothing else to give you.”
“But you promised!” the young wife cried.
“Don’t you see?” asked the old man gently. “I have already given you all the medicine you need. You were determined to do whatever it took, however long it took, to gain a magic remedy for your problems. But there is no magic remedy. There is only your determination. You say you and your husband love each other. if you both give your marriage the same patience and resolve and courage you showed in getting this hair, you will be happy together for a long time. Think about it!”
And so the women went home with new resolutions, determined to work even harder to make it a success.