When super-wife and I woke up this morning, it was butt-ugly cold outside and the snow plow filled our driveway on its two runs down our street.
So we decided to create our own church right at our house with the two of us. For a sermon, we used two preachers who archive their efforts on the web. For music we had the Family Life Radio station in Midland, MI.
With a little more web research, we probably could have found, a church that streamed live video of its services. In lieu of that, we found two stellar sermons, one from Dr. Michael Lawrence of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and the other from Father Jack Lumanog of Christ the King Anglican Church in DeWitt, MI.
The sermons of Capitol Hill Baptist came recommended to me by my friend David Porter of Boomer in the Pew.
We listened to Dr. Lawrence's sermon from Philipians 3: 17-4:1 about how joy can be sucked out of your life and how to make sure that doesn't happen. I remember Philipians 3:8:
What 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
The second sermon from Father Jack was equally relevant with the story about Jesus walking on the water and about Peter's response. From Matthew 14:25 to the end of the story, he talks about dealing with those times when personal storms enter our lives.
Both were extreme relevant. Next time, I'll invite neighbors outside blowing snow.