New Sermon – "Real Church Family"

Kassidy, my friend…

Here’s Sunday’s sermon you asked for. You’ll be proud, I’ve finally learned to post them myself. Thanks for all you’ve done to help. You’re the best!

PS – Make sure you have a pillow close by while listening to it … it’ll make you sleepy :)

TAGGED

Well, it happened. I’ve been tagged by a couple of new “blogger” friends. Actually, I wasn’t sure what that meant at first, but from what I’ve now been told, that means I’ve got to reveal 5 things about myself that others in the “blogger world” might not know about me. So I guess I’ll play along, but I must warn you, prepare to be bored out of your mind.

  • ONE – I grew up in a family of nine. I was one of the youngest of 7 children. We grew up in a three bedroom / two bath home. I recently asked my dad how much money he brought home from his job in the early 1970′s to support the family. He said, “$114 a week.” Wow, now I understand why I wore hand-me-downs and didn’t have all the latest and greatest toys.

  • TWO – My first real job was at Wendy’s Hamburgers. That lasted a grand total of 3 weeks because they found out that I was only 15 and not 16. Other early jobs included: working at a pharmacy, sacking groceries, serving soft-serve yogurt and mowing lawns.

  • THREE – Twice I’ve had cancer. The first was back in 1989. We had just moved to Childress to work as the youth minister. I decided to go in for a routine physical. The doctor found a spot on my back that was cancer. After a couple of surgeries and a bunch of follow up, I was declared “cancer free.” A differnet type was found in 2003. We’d just moved back to Childress for a second time. This time to serve as the minister for the church. I again went in for a routine physical, and the very same doctor as before found cancer again. Go figure. This time it required a very large surgery followed by a weeks stay in the hospital. Today I continue to do follow-ups and continue to be cancer free. (I have decided no more routine physicals from Dr. Green – kidding).

  • FOUR – I come from a long line of church goers. In fact, a very large amount of my family has either served as elders or ministers at one time or another. If I counted correctly, I have had 10 family members that have served as ministers at one time or another in the past few years. My dad was an elder for years. My brother preaches in Juneau, Alaska. My brother-in-law preaches in New Mexico. I got in to preaching because one of my stinking uncles told me when I was a kid, that if I’d be a preacher I’d only have to work “one day a week.” I recently reminded him, “We all know where liars go.” :)

  • FIVE – I met the love of my life, Lea, on accident. I was 4 years older than her, and she asked me if I could help her out by pretending to be her boyfriend. There was another boy chasing her that she didn’t like, and she thought if she pretended to go out with a much older guy, he’d leave her alone. I told her I’d be a nice guy and pretend as long as she needed me to. Now, after 4 years of dating, eighteen years of marriage and four children later, it just hit me that I may need to go ask Lea, “We’re not still pretending are we?”

There you go! I have fulfilled my “tagged” duty with these 5 things. I’m sure by now your head is laid over on your computer keyboard, and you’re drooling all over the place from being asleep. I guess to make this tagged game fair, I’ll tag my friend “Monica,” who is a wonder wife, mom and Christian lady. And despite me being her youth minister many years ago, she somehow still turned out alright.

Just Call Me Jax

I’d like you to meet Jax (or “Jaxion” if you ask his mom). Jax , is the 11 month old, only son, of our youth minister Nate and his wife, Kristin.

Jax likes to talk. In fact Jax likes to talk a lot. He doesn’t really use any words, but he can babble with the best. Sometimes Jax does his best to out preach me on Sundays. The louder I get … the louder he gets. I think he’s trying to tell me it’s time to finish the lesson :)

The cool thing about Jax is how he reminds me of God’s love. Here are some examples…

  • Jax’s mom and dad think he “hung the moon.” They love him with all their hearts. They take millions (no exaggeration) of pictures and send them to everyone. They are proud, proud parents. In the same way, God thinks you “hung the moon.” He loves you with all of His heart. He’s proud of you. And if He carried a wallet, your picture would be in it (Romans 8:37-39).

  • Also, there is absolutely nothing that Jax’s parents wouldn’t do for him. If he is sick, they do everything they can to help him get well. If he’s hurt, they comfort him. If he’s happy, they are happy with him. They are great parents. Just like any parents, they’d go anywhere for him and do anything for him. But did you know the Bible tells us that no matter how good the parents are, we just can’t compare to how good God is as a parent. Jesus said that as parents we don’t even compare to God as a parent. Basically, He’s out of our league (Luke 11:11-13). I like that, because I know that even the greatest parents in the world, can’t compare with how good God is as a Father. And when I see how deeply Jax’s parents love him, it helps me to remember that God loves me even more than that. Way more.

  • I also know that Jax’s parents would never let anyone or anything hurt him. They’d lay down their own lives before they’d let something hurt Jax. How much love did your Heavenly Father have for you to offer His one and only Son for you? For God so loved “the world” (that’s you) that He gave His one and only Son… (John 3:16). Jax’s parents might offer themselves, but like any parent, they’d never offer their own child (Romans 5:8). But God did. That’s love. That’s supreme love.

  • Finally, there’s not anything Jax will ever do that will make his parents stop loving him. Nothing. Just like in Luke 15 when the prodigal son left home, the father never stopped loving him. Never. Everyday the father looked for the boy. Everyday the father longed for the boy to come home. And everyday the father loved the boy. Never, ever doubt God’s love.

If we look we can see God’s love through so many things. We can even learn some lessons from a “little one.” Thanks Jax for helping me out on my blog today.

FREE PORN OR PORN FREE

“I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me.” ~Psalm 103:3

Today 68 million people will use Yahoo, Google and other search engines to search for “free porn.” Unfortunately a very small number of people will search for something that will help them to become “Porn Free.”

Pornography has become a powerful addiction that Satan uses to lead men, women and young people astray. And unfortunately, too many churches, families and parents have turned a blind eye to the dangers of pornography in their very own homes. Whatever you do, don’t ignore the following statistics.

Pornography Industry Statistics

  • Size of the Industry
    $57.0 billion world-wide – $12.0 billion US
    Adult Videos – $20.0 billion
    Escort Services – $11.0 billion
    Magazines – $ 7.5 billion
    Sex Clubs – $ 5.0 billion
    Phone Sex – $ 4.5 billion
    Cable & Pay Per View – $ 2.5 billion
    Internet – $ 2.5 billion
  • Porn revenue is larger than all combined revenues of all professional football, baseball and basketball franchises.
  • US porn revenue exceeds the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC (6.2 billion)

  • Internet Porn Statistics
    Pornographic websites – 4.2 million (12% of total websites)
    Pornographic pages – 372 million
    Daily pornographic search engine requests – 68 million (25% of total search engine requests)
    Daily pornographic emails – 2.5 billion (8% of total emails)
    Average daily pornographic emails/user – 4.5 per Internet user
    Monthly Pornographic downloads (Peer-to-peer) – 1.5 billion (35% of all downloads)
    Worldwide visitors to pornographic web sites – 72 million annually
  • Children’s Exposure to Pornography
    Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography – 11 years old
    Largest consumer of Internet pornography – 12-17 age group
    15-17 year-olds having multiple hard-core exposures – 80%
    8-16 year-olds having viewed porn online – 90% (most while doing homework)
    7-17 year-olds who would freely give out home address – 29%
    7-17 year-olds who would freely give out email address – 14%
  • Adult Internet Porn Statistics
    Men admitting to accessing pornography at work – 20%
    US adults who regularly visit Internet pornography websites – 40 million
    Christians who said pornography is a major problem in the home – 47%
    Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction – 10%
    Breakdown of male/female visitors to pornography sites – 72% male – 28% female

Suggestions for Safe Internet Viewing:

  • Teach your children to never give personal information over the Internet, such as real name, birthday, address, telephone number, password, parents’ names, the name of any club or team he/she is involved in, name of his/her school, or after school job.

  • Supervise Computer Use: Keep your house computer in an open area of your home. Placing the computer in an area, such as the kitchen or family room, gives spouse, parents and guardians the ability to supervise one another. My boys and I hold one another accountable by allowing each of us to look at the others “browsing history.” It’s a good idea to check the history of your home computer often to see where people have been looking.

Here are some links that might provide help in overcoming pornography:

“With her many persuasions she entices him; with her flattering lips she seduces him. Suddenly he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter…” ~Proverbs 7:21-22

It’s your choice today … look for “free porn” or look to be “porn free.”

The Church Is Not A Fad

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42

(sermon link) Sunday I talked about how the early church was a “devoted” church. One of my points is that “church” to them was not a fad, it was a committment. Fads have come and gone for the past 100 years, but the church has always lasted.

As I began looking up pictures for my powerpoint of fads that had come and gone, I found myself laughing at some of the fads we’ve taken part in over the past 30 years. Fashion fads such as bellbottoms, bermuda shorts, mullet haircuts (I’m sure I’ve just offended a few rednecks with that one), go go boots, big hair, leisure suits, members only jackets, tie dye shirts and other fashion faux pas. Or how about 8 track tapes, hula hoops, pet rocks, goldfish swallowing or telephone booth stuffing. I remember some of them well, too well. Here are a few pictures. Remember any of these fads?


Fads come and go, but the church doesn’t. It will last forever. It was established upon the rock, Jesus Christ and if it’s anything like the church in Acts, then it’ll be full of devoted and committed children of God. Here are a few more verses about the devoted church (Acts 5:42, Matthew 6:24, 2 Corinthians 7:12).

What fads do you remember?

Bad Weather… Again & SUPER BOWL XLI

“Well It Finally Happened” That’s the way it’s been feeling around here. After a week of freezing temperatures and a huge ice storm that shut everything down, the weather men are now calling for a massive snow storm to hit this area Friday night and Saturday. Six to ten inches of snow is predicted. Don’t […]

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"Worry… Do You Not Trust God?"

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The Lights are on at Wrigley Field

Growing up, I remember my brother and I laying in the floor watching the Atlanta Braves play baseball on TBS. It was the only baseball that was on television at the time. We watched every game we could. I also remember whenever the Atlanta Braves played the Chicago Cubs it was always a day game. […]

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Ice Storm Shuts Down My World!

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A Father’s Love – PART 2

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A Father’s Love – PART 1

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5 Ingredients to Making Good Kids

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Birthday’s When I was a Kid

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"The Holy & Inspired E-Mail of God?"

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Single Mothers, Role Models, Heroes and Villians

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8 Signs You’re "Growing Up" Spiritually

Things that live, must grow. If a baby doesn’t grow we take it to the doctor to see what’s wrong with it. If a farmer plants seeds that don’t grow they are fertilized to stimulate growth because you must grow to live. How about spiritually? The Bible says you are supposed to be growing up […]

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Christian Maintenance

Here is a quick question for you to think about today. Is there such a thing as “Christian Maintenance?” Do we maintain our Christianity? Notice I didn’t say “maintain our salvation” because I know I don’t maintain my salvation … God does. But what about maintaining my spiritual growth? I preached this past Sunday about […]

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Toilet Lids, A Man’s Weekend & God’s Will

Due to a few accidents, problems and down right craziness in our home, we’ve often been told that the television show “Home Improvement” could have been based on the Morgan family. I believe God knew this, and that’s why He sent Lea into our lives. She does a “Superwoman” job of being both a mother […]

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New Year’s Resolutions and Poll for 2007

The New Year is upon us. Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Well, if you’re like most Americans (88 percent according to a recent poll), you have at least one resolution. And, if you are like the majority of these promise-makers, your resolution is probably related to health and fitness. But how about some […]

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The Dallas Cowboys, Disappointment & Heaven

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Night at the Museum, Dallas Cowboys and a Merry Christmas

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ROAD SIGNS OF LIFE

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Watch the Little Man Go

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TOP 10 REASONS I’M EXCITED ABOUT HEAVEN

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A Few Things that I Think about Grace

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CHRISTMAS WHEN I WAS A KID

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Blessed By Billy

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I DON’T LIKE CHURCH

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.

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