My dearly loved PEPpers and far flung family and friends,
I’m really frustrated with myself and I’m going to do something about it today! Of all things, I’ve allowed myself to get hooked on old reruns of the Newly Wed Game. It comes on each evening at 9:00 p.m. and that’s the time that I’m usually turning in for the evening. So every evening this week, I’ve found myself sitting in bed watching this mindless entertainment. By 9:30 Sonja has turned in also and the last two nights we’ve spent the next 30 minutes watching an even more mindless game show.
Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with relaxing in the evening. But just like with food, there are good calories and there are empty calories. Last night when I turned the lights off I thought to myself, I have been imbibing in empty mind/soul calories! Usually I spend that last 30-60 minutes studying a little Spanish, reading a good fiction book and enjoying discussing our day with Sonja. But not this week:(!
It is so easy to drift. That is why a regular evaluation of our lives is so important. As we wrap up another week and look to tomorrow and a new week, let me encourage you to also take a moment and examine your life to determine the spiritual, emotional and physical calories you have been feeding on.
A good checklist should include:
- What is the quality of my dedicated time with God?
- What is the quality of my dedicated time with family?
- How healthy is the pace of my life?
- How healthy is the focus of my life?
- Am I really living?
- Am I really giving? (Living and giving are connected)
- Does my calendar really reflect my values?
- Does my financial statement really reflect my values?
Well there you have – homework. Just what you were looking for, right? I know a good time to work through the above list…at 9:00 p.m. each evening!
IMPORTANT DATES & ISSUES:
Staff Appreciation Month
- Each year in October I ask you to join with Sonja and me in especially expressing our love and appreciation to the wonderful staff we have in PEPperland. We are one of those rare churches that have a team that has been with us for many years. The level of security and integrity that these men and women bring to our lives is impossible to calculate. But I do encourage you to make the effort to do something special for our dedicated staff sometime this month. Honoring God’s servants is one of the ways we can honor Him.
October 10 & 17, 2010 – Shepherding Group training from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
- If you are interested in being a part of this ministry join me in the Center for Discipleship.
October 31, 2010 – Firm Foundations begins / Evening service – our annual Harvest Festival
- Just a reminder…in addition to the many wonderful activities that will be provided for our children, we will be conducting our annual auction. The proceeds will go to improving our Children’s ministries, especially providing a playground outside and for preparing our children’s area for a possible “Mother’s Day Out” program in 2011. If you have something that you would like to donate to the auction please contact Pastor Robin. Also, prepare to bring your checkbook and let’s have some fun on the 31st.
November 13, 2010 – Annual Mission’s Banquet
November 14, 2010- Annual Mission’s service
December 3-5, 2010 – Annual Fine Arts Christmas Production
December 11, 2010 – Annual Christmas Banquet, special guest Aaron Wilburn
December 12, 2010 – Special guest Aaron Wilburn in service
January 19, 2011 – Day 1 of 40-days
2850 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC – (803) 324-7762
- Sonja and I walked the trail this week and really enjoyed it. The scenic river trail is a paved four and a half mile trail (round trip) that follows the path of the Catawba River. Talk about good calories, you can exercise you body and also feed your soul walking along a trail beautified by God’s nature.
AFFIRMATIONS OF THE WEEK:
I am a good listener = understanding that everyone I meet is created by God and is to be valued and affirmed. In addition, they are my superior in someway and thus God can use them to teach me something.
I am grateful = remembering that I have achieved nothing by myself but rather that everything that I have and have accomplished is due to God’s mercy and those He has sent into my life to help me.
I am hardworking = giving my best to the task at hand realizing that my efforts are to be an adornment on Jesus Christ my Lord. (Titus 2:10)
I am health conscious = realizing that my body was given to me by God and that I will be held accountable to Him for how I take care of it. Furthermore, my body is a part of what I am (I will always have a body). Therefore, the condition of my body affects all of me. Finally, I must remember that others are counting on me (family, church, etc.) and the use of my body is one of the vital ways that I serve them.
I am honorable = conducting my life in a matter that is above approach
I am hopeful = living with the confident expectation that the outcome of my life is based on the character, promises and plan of God
I am humble = realizing that life does not center around me but that I have been uniquely gifted and blessed by God; not because I am superior to anyone but because I have a role to play in God’s plan which will include serving people and glorying God’s name in all the earth.
LIFE IN “KEMPSVILLE”:
Well, the dominating theme of life in Kempsville this week has been waiting. We are all waiting for the birth of Lee and Jennifer’s next child (baby girl). Here I am waiting for another female in my life to get ready and she’s not even born yet!
With each new addition to Kempsville I am learning. With baby granddaughter I’m reminded of the second coming of Jesus. I’ve never actually seen my granddaughter and yet her presence has been so real to me. She’s been in my daily prayers. I love her already and as her coming has drawn near, her arrival has impacted my schedule, planning, and priorities. To be honest, I’ve been a little convicted. It seems that I can hear Jesus asking, “Why are you not as eager for my coming?” So tonight I remind us all that there is soon to be a grand reunion – Jesus is coming!
So until HE or she comes,
I am patiently progressing with great joy,
david l. kemp