Saturday, February 20, 2010

Food Bank Calls and Cancels

Hey Gang:

Hoosier Hills Food Bank called to cancel.
They won't have enough food to do the packing project Wednesday. They are expecting some big truckload in March and rescheduled for March 24, so mark your calendars. Thanks for the willingness to do this. I hope as many of you or more are able to do it in March.

Fearless Leader

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

We're on for tonight!

I know you all want to  WE"RE ON FOR TONIGHT! MCCSC had school today, so we can meet. Please bring a list of people or issues you'd like to pray about for our activity tonight. Also, remind your folks that next week is the food bank. I will be calling to confirm that soon. If there are changes, I'll let you know tonight. See you soon!
Fearless Leader

Monday, February 15, 2010

Shoveling Global Warming

Hey Gang:
   I had another snowday today and right after I received my text message from WISH-TV I received one from Austin. My wife and I laughed and fired one back that said "Go back to bed, Austin!" I spent a majority of my day shoveling the effects of global warming off my driveway (I'm kiddin') In fact, yesterday one of the architects of the IPCC documents telling the world that it's melting admits it hasn't warmed since 1995 and that he cannot lay hands on any documentation that Al Gore used for his famous "Hockey Stick" graphic. In fact we are as close as we've been to knowing for sure that we may have been hoaxed into believing we caused the climate to change (a point the same scientist now admits he could never prove). What else has the climate ever done but change? We have also learned that polar bears are on the increase, not the decrease, that the ice sheet at the south pole has 30 percent more ice than before and that north pole ice is at 1978 levels (when many of the same scientists warned of "global cooling").
   The jig is up.
   There's a great lesson here for the world, but I'll settle for young, good-looking Christians. God is in control. He controls everything. E V E R Y T H I N G... there is no SAVE THE PLANET. If it is to be saved, God will save it.  Check out Isaiah 45:5-8

Isa 45:5 "I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; 6 That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other, 7 The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these. 8 "Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD, have created it.

God is not some helpless bystander biting his nails whimpering, "Gee Whiz, I hope no one forgets to recycle!"   The fact is, we are to be good stewards of the earth, taking care of it and trying to make the best of the blessings God created in it. We are not, however, to worship it. We do not favor snowy owls over people, we do not take people's land because an insect lives there, we do not put God's most favored creation for which His blessed son died second to a critter. It's wrong no matter what your politics are. Man is to have dominion over animals (Gen. 1:28), not the other way around. Don't get caught up in the politics of earth worship. God made the earth for man not man for the earth. We are not polluting the world with our exhalation unless we exhale blasphemy against the Holy One and His word. We sweeten the atmosphere when we speak kindness, encouragement, and the love of Christ. When we melt the coldness of rejection, and lead those who are lost to the light of Jesus Christ, however, that's the kind of global warming we could all use.
In Christ,
Fearless Leader

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow cancellations wired

 Hey Gang:
I applied for access to the WISH-TV 8, WRTV-TV 6 and WTIU 5 weather notification centers. At this point WTIU and WISH have approved my request. I expect WRTV to follow suit. If you have questions about whether we'll be meeting for Next Level Minstries, tune in and watch the bottom of your screen. The announcement will say NEXT LEVEL MINISTRIES. I know, cool, right? So...if the weather gets nasty, check the blog, check your e-mail or just grab the remote and tune in to 5, 6, or 8 and watch the bottom of your screen. You can also go to their website and see a list there or (I love this part) you can sign up on their automatic texting notification and get a text that Next Level is cancelled! Ha. I'm still geeking out over it. Ahem, anyway. I hope that helps.

Fearless Leader

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

No Next Level Meeting tonight

Sorry, Levelheads. Tonight's meeting is cancelled as per Emmanuel Baptist Church policy on weather cancellations. When MCCSC cancels classes because of weather, Next Level Ministries as well a s AWANA are cancelled. I know that some of you are in other school districts and home or private schools. It doesn't matter. Them's the breaks. I am glad that you miss it and are disappointed. That says a lot. I look forward to seeing you.
   Also, I have been thinking, would you like to meet online at times like this for group discussions? Through MSN Live Messenger (a free program), we can set up a "room" where we could all talk or share devotional time. What do you think?

Fearless Leader

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday

   Well, once again we have been taken to the edge and dropped. The Super Bowl had us all so up in arms that we were talking about it this morning before church, during church, and I dare say after church. Our beloved Colts would take us to another world championship. A championship that would overshadow the day set aside for the Lord.
     Oh yeah, I watched it. Every minute, every play right to the part when Peyton Manning reran the hapless error that cost Brett Favre and the Packers their shot at the Vince Lombardi Trophy. I was unreasonably upset and undoubtedly disappointed in something that in the scheme of life didn't amount to a hill of beans (frankly, I'd rather have a hill of beans).
   Now I rembember why I stopped watching IU basketball. It was another disappointing evening for the Hoosiers and I had shouted and griped my way through another frustrating 40 minutes of basketball which made my children wonder who this crazy man was in their living room and what had he done with their father. As I lay in my bed, losing sleep and looking up at the ceiling, the still, small voice we all know we will hear (after having behaved badly) inquired as to why I would allow anything but the Holy Spirit to move me so dramatically. In fact, did the Holy Spirit move me so dramatically? I pretty much gave it up. I'd guess I haven't watched six halves of IU basketball in 10 years. This season I watched a record three whole Colts games. Apparently, it was enough to lead me to believe they now owed me a Super Bowl Trophy. I felt those old familiar passions again. I felt the extreme disappointment and even anger at having been let down again when I had sat at the LCD altar and paid my tithe of three hours of my life.
   Now, it's all over. I have once again been let down. What did I expect?
   Let's remember that devotion to anything but the Lord is folly. It's okay to be a football fan, but to allow the devotion to team to stand in your way of dveotion to your Lord is a step onto the wrong path. Ask yourself, if we had scheduled church this evening, would you have come or skipped it for the game? Whatever you put before your God, becomes your god.
    I hope the people of New Orleans enjoy their victory and give God the glory for this bright spot in he midde of a world of troubles. I hope they thank Him for the restoration that has come from Him after he demonstrated his power in a windstorm. I hope they will use their moment in the sun to glorify him. What I truly hope is that all people tonight will realize that you must be a saint to truly be a winner.
     Don't take it so hard. Games come and go, but the Lord stands forever.

Fearless Leader

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Grandpa Walter

We note the passing of Andrea and Joseph's Grandpa Walter. Visitation will be at Day Funeral Home tomorrow from  1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and Monday 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.  followed by the funeral at 5:00 p.m. We have been praying for Grandpa Walter for a few weeks now and we are sad to report he has passed, but we can still be in prayer for Andrea, Joseph and their parents as they approach this difficult time. May God bless your family and care for you.

Fearless Leader

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Prayer request

Hey guys,
Amy Lidell's grandmother passed away last night. Please pray for Amy and her family!

~Andrea B

Monday, February 1, 2010

Renaissance Night

Don't forget that Wednesday is Renaissance Night!
Come in costume and we'll have fun trying to get across the bridge (None shall pass). Hopefully it won't end in a flesh wound. Certainly we don't want you to bring out your dead.
   Please wear appropriate costumes and use good judgment if you bring a "sword" as we don't want anyone else getting injured. Unless you're not quite dead yet.

Fearless Leader
(I'm 47, I'm not old")

Another Ministry Opportunity

AWANA needs you!

   Mr. McC. need help with the AWANA Quizzing and contests. He will need about six or eight of you for various jobs.
    It sounds like lots of fun. Please contact Adam's dad or mom if you can help. Do it soon! I was supposed to ask you Wednesday and it slipped my mind.
Fearless Leader