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VBS Week – a Great Week!

Revelation 3:2

Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.

June 2019During the week of VBS – each year – my dad would wake us up (we had morning VBS) with a song I believe he made up. At the top of his singing voice – which was considerable – he would sing his Vacation Bible School song. I can still remember him singing it today. It woke us up for this day long – week-long event. I fondly remember it now – but at the time I was not too happy.

Dad wasn’t the subtle type. He didn’t come up and lovingly whisper in our ears that it was time to get up and gradually allow us to deal with the early hour. He allowed us to stay asleep as long as possible – I assume – and then he WOKE US UP!

How do you like to be awakened? Is there really a good way? In the past – about 15 minutes before my alarm goes BUZZ – I would have my radio timed to come on and begin to air my favorite sports channel. By listening to the DJ’s talk (105.7 The Fan) about the latest talking point about the Orioles or Ravens – I would slowly wake – usually before the BUZZ sounded off. Yesterday – because I was up till close to 1 am – I turned off the alarm and slept an additional 45 minutes – just saying! It was a blessing. Being VBS week I have been coming into the office later. Continue reading

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July 10, 2019 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wake Up And Be Counted!

Revelation 3:2

Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.

During the week of VBS – each year – my dad would wake us up with a song I believe he made up. At the top of his singing voice – which was considerable – he would sing his Vacation Bible School song. I can still remember him singing it today. It woke us up for this day long – week-long event. I fondly remember it now – but at the time I was not too happy.

Dad wasn’t the subtle type. He didn’t come up and lovingly whisper in our ears that it was time to get up and gradually allow us to deal with the early hour. He allowed us to stay asleep as long as possible – I assume – and then he WOKE US UP! Continue reading

January 18, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wake Up Church

Revelation 3:2

Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.

profileDuring the week of VBS my dad would wake us up with a song I believe he made up.  At the top of his singing voice – which was considerable – he would sing this Vacation Bible School song.  I can still remember him singing it today.  It woke us up for this day long – week-long event.

Dad wasn’t the subtle type.  He didn’t come up and lovingly whisper in our ears that it was time to get up and gradually allow us to deal with the early hour.  He allowed us to stay asleep as long as possible – I assume – and then he WOKE US UP!

How do you like to be awakened?  Is there really a good way?  About 15 minutes before my alarm goes BUZZ I have a radio timed to come on and it begins to air my favorite sports channel.  By listening to the DJs talk (105.7 The Fan) about the latest talking point about the Orioles or Ravens – I slowly wake – usually before the BUZZ sounds off.  Yesterday – because I was sore from a Kettlebell workout at the gym – I turned both the sport news and the buzzer off and slept an additional 45 minutes – just saying! Continue reading

January 29, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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