If you reprint a post on this site or repost it on your own blog or website you must include the following attribution: C. 2011, Richard E. Powell, used by permission. Originally posted at www.pastorrickypowell.com.
The posts on this weblog are provided "as is" with no warranties and confer no rights. The opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer.
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. (Ephesians 6:1-4 NLT)
I had a great time today at the Jacksonville Sheriff's office. A small group of staff members took their lunchtime to pray and study God's word. They do this every Thursday. Today was the fourth time I've had the privilege of bringing the devotional. The crowd was smaller than usual. I laughed and told them not to tell people when I'm coming if they want a big crowd! I shared from John 19:30 about how Jesus finished the work of the cross well. The notes were from the WorkTalk study we did a few weeks ago from the book called, "Jesus and the Racing Rat," by Geoff Shattock.
I went to encourage these dear people, but I left being the one encouraged. They gathered around me and laid hands on me and prayed for me. Wow! What a blessing!
I appreciate the prayerful advice and unanimous support for the classic worship service I received from the deacon body, the Board of Trustees, the pastoral staff, and key senior adult leaders. You were all a blessing to me as I prayed about the best way to lead our congregation. Your godly counsel was invaluable to me. I am truly excited about this opportunity to minister to our members as well as reach more people of all ages with the Gospel!