“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:42-47).
I find lots of humor in this video, but I also find lots of questions and reality. Are we willing to promise literally anything, just to attract new people? Is that good? And how far is too far? Do you see any differences in the church in the video and the church from the verses above?
And what about self-centered members who think it’s all about them? Is it all about my wants, my needs and my desires? It is about the songs I like the best and the worship the way I want it? Maybe, it’s not all about me. Maybe it’s about Him. Maybe it’s about others. And maybe if I’ll just look in His book, I’ll rediscover what real church is all about.
I’m an early riser. It’s my favorite part of the day. It’s still dark outside, I’m finishing up my 3rd cup of coffee and my quiet time has ended. I need to start dragging boys out of bed for school. I’ve a few things I need to tell you about and then, as promised, I’ll give you Lea’s list of “things she’d like me to whisper in her ear.”
NEW DOMAIN NAME: I’ve got a new domain name www.treymorgan.net. What it will do is take you to this blog. My mom, and a couple of others, who don’t know how to save websites in their favorites were having a hard time typing in the blog address. So I got the www.treymorgan.net and had it forwarded here. It’s easier to remember and much less typing. Feel free to use either link to reach this blog now.
WEEKEND POSTS: Last weekend, for the first time, I posted on both Saturday and Sunday. Usually I’ve only posted Monday through Fridays. I thought I’d give the weekend posting thing a try. I’d like some of your opinions on “do you have time to read weekend posts?” I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’ll post if you’re willing to read. Also, I know some of you have emailed me and asked if you could email this site (Rediscovering Church) to your friends … please feel free to do so.
GOOD PREACHING: I’ve told you in the past, that one of my favorite preachers is Billy Wilson. Billy is a Scottish man that is currently preaching in Australia. Billy has a new website where you can order his sermons on CD. Last year I purchased every set of CD’s. I enjoy listening to them while driving on trips and while running with my mp3 player. I highly recommend this Billy’s material. And if you want a sample of Billy’s sermons then you can click here and windows media player should play one of his old sermons.
LEA’S LIST: Tuesday I had fun with a post called, “10 Things I Wish My Wife Would Whisper in my Ear.” I asked Lea if she’d like to follow up with few “whispers” of her own and she said sure. I was anxious to see what was on her list. I found it this morning … here is “10 Things I Wish Trey Would Whisper in my Ear”
Let’s go out to dinner and a movie tonight.
How about a back rub?
Let’s get some ice cream and go watch the sunset out in the country.
Give me a list of chores.
Pack your bags! We’re going on a cruise!
Let’s use our tax return to by a new refrigerator.
I’m cooking and cleaning up the kitchen tonight.
Let’s paint something.
I love you.
I’ve got us tickets to the night race at Bristol, baby!
PS: Trey does great with most all of these, but I’m still waiting for 5, 6 & 10 (Maybe we should start playing the lottery or something)
We’ve been needing to remodel our church auditorium for some time now. As of Thursday morning, the remodeling project has begun, like it or not. You see sometime during the night Wednesday, a water valve broke in the balcony above the auditorium and flooded the balcony, auditorium and basement of the church building. Major water damage took place to the floors, ceiling, carpet and pews of the auditorium.
Friday we decided that we’d be unable to meet in the auditorium for services, so we’ll be having services in the fellowship hall for the next few weeks while things are being repaired. We’ve got 325 chairs set up for services. It’s a tight fit, but it did fit. I’m also anxious to see 300 plus people fit in the fellowship hall. I’m not sure we’ll need the heater going.
I’m actually excited about worship in the fellowship hall for a couple of reasons. I think the singing will be fantastic and as tight as it is, the service will be up close and personal. Since everything was still wet up in the auditorium, I thought it would be neat if I showed up to preach this Sunday morning in my fishing waders or rubber boots.
I’m anxious to see how things go over the next few weeks. There will be no PowerPoint for my sermon, no overhead music for the singing and no tape recordings of the sermons. I’ll try to update the sermon site each week with a sermon from last year that you haven’t heard.
So for my Childress family, we’ll have to adjust a little over the next few weeks, but we can handle it. So, let the remodeling project begin.
NASCAR SEASON kicks off today with the Dayton 500. Yee Haw. I love NASCAR. If you watch it and don’t know who to pull for, try Jeff Gordon in the number 24 car or Jimmy Johnson in the 48 car. I’m not going to have time to watch the 500 live, so I’ll have to TiVo it and watch it when I get in Sunday evening. DO NOT tell me who won before I watch it.
A year or so ago while on a trip, my family of six ate at a nice sit down restaurant. It was one of those “order off the menu” places. When the food came we all enjoyed a good tasting meal, but 3 of the 4 boys said, “We’re still hungry, is there anything else […]
Lea There she is. My valentine. The love of my life. I am rich in marriage. Money can’t buy what I have. I have a soul mate and someone I can trust. I am minutes away from open arms at anytime during my day. She is my confidant, friend and lover. I have what all […]
My 5 year-old son Cooper, climbed up in my lap last night with three books to read: The Giant Jam Sandwich, Owly and Great White Sharks. Usually included in his stack of books to read is “The Three Little Pigs.” I think he likes it because dad can do a pretty mean “Big Bad Wolf” […]
I really enjoyed preaching yesterday about memorial stones. In Joshua 3 and 4 we are told the story of when the Israelites were about to cross the Jordan River into their new promised land, Canaan. God stopped the flow of the Jordan so that the Israelites could cross the river on dry land. As they […]
Lea and I have always tried to attend marriage seminars, His Needs/Her Needs training and other things that build our relationship. I think every couple will agree, “We want the best marriages possible.” If my marriage is bad, I want to make it good. If my marriage is good, I want to make it great. […]
1. I Don’t Like Church 2. Trey, Tell Me God Won’t Take My Baby 3. Real Church 4. A Few Things I Think About Grace 5. Toilet Lids, A Male Bonding Weekend & God’s Will Tomorrow we’ll finish up some “family’ things as we look at marriage.
As I was leaving the cemetery yesterday following a funeral I had a man shake my hand and say, “Hell of a funeral, preacher, hell of a funeral.” Wow, that was a first. I really believe he was trying to pay me an honest compliment. One of these days I’ve got to write a book […]
Nothing is more important to me than raising my 4 boys. And as a dad, I don’t want to be “just a father,” I want to be an “unforgettable father.” So how can I become an unforgettable father? Where do I go to find an example of an unforgettable father? What can I say to […]
I’d like to focus some posts this week on families. We’ll be covering a few things like parenting, marriage, and traits of healthy families this week. I want to start the week off with a powerful video. Since we are such visual learners it makes videos, such as this, a great teaching tool. Watch, think […]
For the past two weeks the media has only focused on the fact that, for the first time ever, the two Super Bowl coaches are both black. The following is another story that I found about the similarities between the two coaches that you probably won’t see in the paper. I thought it was extremely […]
Many people are uncomfortable with the words change and church being in the same sentence. Some people are comfortable with the way things are, and don’t want anyone changing things up. Many Christians want things only done one way. Because of this many people have often come to blows over change in the church. Some […]
I love a good quote. I have a lot of favorite quotes … here are four of my most favorite: “Preach always, if necessary use words.” ~ Saint Francis The biggest difference between you and God is that God doesn’t think He’s you.” ~ Anne Lamott “Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with […]
I heard it again this week. Someone was speaking negatively about the church. Seems lately it’s the “in” thing to beat up on “church.” For example, recently a lady told me, “I love God. I love Jesus, but I don’t see any need for the church. Besides, the church is nothing but a bunch of […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
Wouldn’t it would be a lot easier to enjoy your life if there weren’t so many things trying to kill you every day? The problems start even before you’re fully awake. There’s the fall out of bed that kills 600 Americans each year. There’s the early-morning heart attack, which is 40% more common than those […]
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. […]
Wow, did we ever get hit with a major ice storm this weekend. Our usually busy town of Childress has been shut down for the weekend. School has already been cancelled for Monday. Church services were cancelled about an hour before they were supposed to start. Man, I had a great sermon prepared for this […]
The following is another video about “Team Hoyt.” An interview with both Dick and Rick. My favorite part is about 5 minutes into the video when they asked Rick, “what’s the first thing you’d do if you weren’t handicapped?” You know what he says? Sorry, you’ll have to watch it yourself. It’s much more powerful […]
If you’ve never heard of Dick Hoyt and his son Rick, you’ll be absolutely amazed at this father’s love. I was moved to tears the first time I saw it, and again last night getting this ready. It’s too good not to share with you. Together, Dick and Rick Hoyt (Team Hoyt) have run in […]
Just like it takes good ingredients to make good food, it also takes good ingredients to make good children. There are so many negative things battling for our children’s lives these days. Television, friends and negative things of this world are just a few things that are constantly influencing our children. I know not all […]
That’s my birthday cake. Yum. I turned 41 today! My good friend Becky made me a Jeff Gordon cake. She knows I’m a big NASCAR fan. Becky gave it to me Sunday, but I haven’t let anyone eat it yet. It’s too cool to cut into. Thanks Becky, you’re too good to me. Last month […]
I love email, and I hate email all at the same time. Let me tell you why … Here are the reasons I like email: It’s quick. No paper, no pen and no stamps. Hit the “send” button and it’s there! It’s amazing what I can accomplish with email, and it’s amazing how fast I […]
An AP poll was released last week that included these categories: Worst role models:1. Britney Spears (29%)2. Paris Hilton (18%)3. Mel Gibson (12%)4. Tom Cruise (9%)5. Michael Richards (6%) Best role models:1. Oprah (29%)2. Michael J. Fox (23%)3. George Clooney (12%)4. Angelina Jolie (8%) Biggest villains:1. George Bush (25%)2. Osama bin Laden (8%)3. Saddam Hussein […]
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 […]
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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