Loved being with my friend, Jason Lang, at South End Baptist Church in Frederick, MD yesterday for the first Sunday of the new year. Jason is the Associate Pastor of Family Ministries and he and I grew up together in the same church in Roanoke, VA where my Dad pastored for 15 years. It was awesome to reconnect with him. At one point in his sermon yesterday he quoted J.I. Packer from his book Knowing God. It one for the journal, to be sure. His text was 1 Corinthians 10:31 and he made the point that, by our very nature, we (people/humanity) like to receive glory. But we do a horrible job at bringing glory to God. Packer says,

“We are a modern people. And though we have, as a rule, great thoughts about ourselves, we have small thoughts about God.”

On the way home from church we passed this hotel sign and I stared looking puzzled, trying to make sense of it. Zoom in and see if you can make some sense of it. Are the church and the love chapel one in the same? Hmmm….what kinda church is this???!!

We kicked an old-school set, but had a blast doing it:
1. Holy is the Lord (Tomlin)
2. The Solid Rock (Hall version)
3. When I Survey (Passion
4. Mighty to Save

we also did a few of our own:
5. Altar Call (Keith Green)
6. God Be Praised (Via’s)
7. Grace Greater Than Our Sin (Via’s version)