Homecoming 2006

We had a great day yesterday at Homecoming. Our special guests for the day were the Calvary Quartet from Greenville, SC. These men were a wonderful blessing to each of us.

We began the day with a combined Sunday School in the auditorium. The Calvary Quartet sang a couple of songs at the beginning which prepared us for the day. I spoke about “Precious Memories,” choosing Deuteronomy 6:20-25. The simple outline was…

1. We need to look back at God’s providence over our life. (v.21)
2. We need to look back at God’s presence in our life. (v.22)
3. We need to look back at God’s provision for our life. (v.23)
4. We need to look back at God’s protection in our life. (v.24)

We began our morning worship service right at 11:00 a.m. when we went on the air live. Our church broadcasts our morning worship services live over WLLY 1350 AM. We began with the Calvary Quartet. Our choir sang a stirring arrangement of “Worship the Lord.” The Calvary Quartet sang a couple of more times. I preached a message on David’s confession after his affair with Bathsheba that I entitled “The Great Homecoming.

We then went to the gym for a lunch that can only be appreciated if you have ever been to Tabernacle. What I mean by that is that I’ve never been to a church that pulls out all of the stops when it comes to our meals. The gym was decorated beautifully. The meal as promised was absolutely incredible. Almost everyone pitched in at the end to help us put everything back and then we headed back to the auditorium.

For our afternoon service we spent about thirty minutes singing hymn favorites and taking testimonies from the floor. The Calvary Quartet then blessed us with a concert of wonderful conservative gospel music. All in all it was a wonderful day.


Primetimers to NC State Fair

statefair.jpgLast Tuesday, I took our Primetimer group from Tabernacle Baptist Church to the NC State Fair. My daughters Abigail (9) and Hannah (6) were privileged to skip school for the day to go with Dad to the fair. Caleb and Bethany had tests so I didn’t want them to miss school. Bethany had gone to the fair on Saturday with several friends from her class to celebrate one of the girl’s birtdays. We had a great time. The weather was miserable (cloudy and rainy), but that meant that the crowds were down. The fair this year attracted a total 785,956 people. We talked with a group of Gideons who were handing out Bibles. We also took the quiz to see if we are going to heaven that was given by an area Baptist church. C.E.F. also had a trailer set up at the fair. With that many people attending it seems to me that there are some incredible evangelism opportunities. I’ve heard of Amazing Grace Missions which has seen a lot of people trust Christ through their fair evangelism.

Before we left on Tuesday morning, I turned to Bethany and said, “You know what I like about the fair? The smells.” She looked at me with a quizical face. She was imagining the smells of the horse barn. I was talking about the smells of the food on the midway, which makes me hungry even to think about it. I guess there is a sermon on perspective in that little conversation. Maybe there is even a sermon on miscommunication when one person means one thing and another takes it totally the opposite.

Doctor, doctor…

Well, I’m getting very familiar with the doctor’s offices around Wilson. Listed below are some of our recent experiences.

  • We had to take Caleb to the doctor yesterday. He had been complaining about a sore throat for the past week. Yesterday morning, Joanna looked at his throat and it was still red, but this time she saw some white patches. He hasn’t had any fever, but we decided we should take him to the doctor. We didn’t want to take a chance with strep. I picked Caleb up at school at 2:30 p.m. for his 2:45 p.m. appointment. We finally left the doctor’s office at 4:30 p.m. We were both miserable waiting.
  • We were at the doctor last week with Abigail, who has been having a difficult time breathing. She may have a slight case of asthma. The doctor gave us a prescription for her.
  • A few weeks ago, we were at the doctor for Caleb’s foot. She sent him to the orthopedist. The diagnosis was sesamoiditis, which is very painful. He has been taking Aleve and icing his foot.
  • A week or so before that we were at the emergency room with Hannah for a dislocated thumb. She fell on our neighbor’s slip-n-slide.
  • We were at the emergency room and then the orthopedist several times this past summer with Caleb after he broke his wrist at camp.

So I’m getting very familiar with doctor’s offices and how things are done. I came across a humorous explanation for what they say and what they really mean. I hope this will at least give you a good laugh today.

What They Say and What They Mean

  • What they say: “It could be one of several things.”
    What they mean: “I haven’t the foggiest idea what’s wrong with you.”
  • What they say: “Are you sure you haven’t had this before?”
    What they mean: “Because you’ve got it again.”
  • What they say: “I’d like to run that test again.”
    What they mean: “The lab lost your blood sample.”
  • What they say: “Insurance should cover most of this.”
    What they mean: “You’ll have to sell your house to cover the rest.”
  • What they say: “These pills have very few side effects.”
    What they mean: “You may experience sudden hair growth on your palms.”
  • What they say: “Why don’t you go over your symptoms with me one more time.”
    What they mean: “I don’t remember who you are.”
  • What they say: “There’s a lot of this going around.”
    What they mean: “And we’ll give it a name as soon as we figure out what it is.”

David Grimes in Sarasota Herald-Tribune,
quoted in Reader’s Digest, May, 1994, p. 112

Fishing at the Outer Banks

On Friday, September 29, 3:40 A.M., Ned Jordan picked me up at my house and we made our way to Richard Flood’s house east of Wilson on Hwy. 42, where we met Paul Lewis. The four of us drove to the Outer Banks where we put Richard Floods boat in at Oregon Inlet. We had a full day of fishing. I had never been out on boat fishing in the salt water so it was a new experience for me. We caught around 70 fish between the four of us. I even caught two little ones at one time.