Minister Blog

Let’s Go

As I write this blog the New Year is upon us. My daily reading started at Luke 8:22 where I see Jesus saying to his disciples, “Lets go over to the other side of the Lake.” How appropriate for me in my position at Singing Oaks! I was reminded of a sermon I heard on this text many years ago, one that I really liked, took notes on and stuck in my Bible. I wondered if I still had them. I pulled out a thick stack of old notes from the pocket of my Bible, and there it was right on the top (pretty amazing for me). This text applies so much to me personally, my job at Singing Oaks and what I would like 2020 to be about for us.

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One of Us

I have a new neighbor. My neighbor is very different from me, and as much as I don’t want to admit it, he makes me uncomfortable…not uncomfortable in a predatory or criminal sense, yet in a sense of I don’t know how to love this neighbor. He seems to be kind and after every conversation, he “blesses my day.” I’ve been informed by a friend of his that he has been struck by lightning, which evidently has made him a little different. I’m annoyed with myself for being annoyed by his presence. He has disrupted my quiet and tidy building with the chaos of stuff and chattiness. There are other characteristics that are causing discomfort, yet if I reveal all of them, you will all see how shallow I am. I know this neighbor is accustomed to strange looks, and has probably lived on the margins most of his life.

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“Raise A Hallelujah”

I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies
I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief
I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody
I raise a hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me

I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm
Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar
Up from the ashes, hope will arise
Death is defeated, the King is alive!

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The Little Drummer Boy

According to my wife, it’s a guy thing. I’ll be standing in front of the pantry asking her “are we out of Nutella already?” She’ll reply, “No, it’s right there in the pantry, middle shelf”. “No it’s not” I reply. She then makes her frustrated way to the pantry, grabs the jar of Nutella that was literally right in front of me and places it firmly in my hand as her eyes roll. It was right there in front of me, but somehow I didn’t see it. Sound familiar to you?

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Craving

Have you ever missed someone so much that it hurts? A few weeks ago Jazmin and the girls went to visit the family in Costa Rica. And I haven’t stopped missing them from the moment I left the airport the day they traveled. Many times I’ve had the opportunity to travel to attend conferences, retreats and other activities for several days away from home. And although I missed my family at that time, being involved in the activity my mind was distracted and the absence looked less. Many times my wife told me how much they missed me at home. For the absence was more noticeable in the daily routine. This time was my turn to experience for the first time to stay at home, and not to be the one who is missed but to be the one who misses. And I really appreciate what my wife and daughters have felt when I am away from home. I really want them to come back and be together again. I feel sadness and I look forward for them to return. Well, I really miss them.

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Location
McKinney at Cardinal

101 Cardinal Drive
Denton, TX 76209

940.387.4355

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Sunday Worship Schedule
8:30 - Worship (1st Service)
Attended Nursery (0-2yr). Children (3yr-4th grade) are dismissed during the sermon to attend children's church.
9:40 - Focused Fellowship
This is a time of fellowship and refreshments throughout the building. Children pickup before or after Kids Praise.
10:00 - Adult Bible Classes & Kids Discipleship
Adult Bible Classes - locations vary. High School & Middle School Discipleship Groups in the Youth area. Kids Praise for 3yr-4th grade. Nursery 0-2yr.
11:00 - Worship (2nd Service) & Kids Bible Class
Attended Nursery (0-2yr). Children (3yr - 8th grade) are dismissed during the sermon to attend Bible classes.

Wednesday Evening Schedule
5:30 - Fellowship Meal
Adults - $4 and Students/Children $3 (during the school year)
6:30 - Passion Worship
Praise and worship time in the Worship Center.
6:30 - Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery group that provides a safe place to address and deal with life's hurts, habits and hang-ups.
7:00 - Bible Classes & Small Groups
Classes for children and adults of all ages and other ministry groups meet at various locations throughout the building.

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