Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Reflections

It’s been a great Sunday for me at GSJ today. When I arrived, I was determined to impact the worship experience with renewed determination. It took a minute for some to go with me, but after a while, we were off and running. Seeing that it was a holiday weekend, the crowd was somewhat down but we were delighted to have people in town visiting their families from Dallas, California and Cleveland just to name a few.

The first Sunday is always a special day for me. It affords an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate Christ, and all He did for us on the cross through the observance of The Lord’s Supper. Although we only had one candidate for baptism, I will take that over no candidates any day.
I preached a message from James 1:3-4. It was entitled “The Truth about Trials.” I had no idea it would be so encouraging to so many. God deserves all praise and credit for all that transpired.
I am excited as I plan to attend Frank Ray’s Expository Preaching and Church Growth Conference this week in Memphis, Tenn. The last time I attended was 2005, so you know it’s been a while. As a pastor it’s important to get away and allow others to pour into your life. Please pray for us this week and enjoy your 4th of July.


Pastor Kraig L. Pullam said...

Pastor...Not only do I thank you for writing an encouraging note on my page, I am also glad to know your services and message were uplifting and encouraging this day. Man, I used to really enjoy the EK Bailey Preaching Conference, but haven't been since the passing of Dr. Bailey. I'm told that Dr. Ray's conference is very on point and cutting edge. I'll have to make plans to attend in the future. God Bless, my brother!

Pastor Rev. Ray E. Owens said...

Enjoy yourself at the conference.