Monday Download: One Ugly Turkey

I showed up to the Fall Carnival in a suit and tie about 1 hour late…maybe a little later.  You would of thought I was wearing parachute pants, a fishnet shirt, and a long blonde mullet (oh, that was me in 1983) by the amount of comments I received about my Jos. A Banks.  I had the honor of officiating the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Brain Edward Sutton.  BTW, they are off to Hawaii for their honeymoon.  Hawaii…I’m jealous.

So, I literally left the wedding by extending my recessional into the parking lot and straight to my car.  I cleared my departure with the groom ahead of time, because he knew we had the Fall Carnival at Graystone.  And when I showed up, the place was packed.  Some estimates are around 800 people.  I’m really not sure.  But it was so great seeing all the families and kids having so much fun.  Katie, Lesli and their Children’s Ministry Team of volunteers did a tremendous job hosting the church-wide event.  THANK YOU!

Jessie spent her two hours in the petting zoo.  Man, that was the ugliest turkey that I have even seen.  Come to think of it, I have not seen any beautiful ones, except when they are the center of attention on my Thanksgiving Day table.

BTW, if you want to be the center of attention, then wear a suit and tie to Graystone Church.  I now have the “vision” of starting a traditional service at Graystone.  You know… kind of like the opposite of a traditional church starting a contemporary service.  I do love the old hymns.

Speaking of services, yesterday was one of the best at Graystone.  Seeing dozens of people crash the waters of baptism never gets old.  If it does not move your heart when see people of all ages make public professions of their faith in Jesus and signify their covenant relationship with God through the sign of baptism, then you might want to check your spiritual pulse.

I am so proud of each person who was baptized, and I am praying that they stay true to their commitment to walk with God for a lifetime.  We had people spontaneously baptized in the clothes they wore to church.  We had husbands and wives get baptized together.  We had a father baptized with his daughters.  We had a 7 year old kid get baptized and a beautiful lady who is a LITTLE older than me (It’s not polite to share a woman’s age.)  We had people get baptized who have been Christians for years (simply being obedient to be baptized as believers by immersion), and we had someone baptized who committed his life to Christ last Sunday.  Our student pastor, children’s pastor, and executive pastor all baptized people along with one of our small group leaders…5 people in his small group were baptized yesterday.  I would say God is moving in their community group!

I could go on and on, but baptisms never get old.  I love the stories.  Jesus is changing lives at Graystone, and He is allowing us to be a part of it.  May God have ALL the glory.  Every time I see someone baptized, it reminds me of my own salvation.  I still cannot get over the fact that God loved me so much that He sent His son to die for me.  How can I not live for Him?  Everything else in life is rubbish compared to knowing Jesus!

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:7-11

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