Wednesday, December 19, 2007

REAL Men do dishes, laundry, cook..........

For many years, I thought that my role in my marriage was to provide a stable, loving home for Charlene and our children. Although those things are true, it took me several years to realize that my duties as husband, friend, and partner didn't stop there.
It wasn't Charlene that helped me realize that there was more to my roles as husband and father.

I was perfectly content with patting myself on the back, because of the contributions I was making to our family. Charlene and the kids have a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs and a little "jingle" in their pockets to go to the movies or buy that special toy (Man, am I the greatest or what!). After a few years of going to the orthopedic doctor to help with the soreness in my arm from patting myself on the back so much, that Great Physician helped me to realize it had nothing to do with me, and had everything to do with Him! You see, what I had had interpreted as great selflessness was revealed to me to be the epitome of selfishness.

I was reminded of the great example Jesus displayed for His disciples in the gospels, before His death. Take a little journey with me and see if you can see yourself taking part in one of the greatest examples of extravagant love.

Jesus and His disciples just finished the last supper He would have with them, and He stood up and removed His garments. As He stands up, He takes a towel and pours water into a basin. At this time Jesus does something quite unexpected, at least from His disciples' standpoint, He begins to wash their feet. Think for a moment and perhaps you and I would have the same reaction as Peter. Here is the Messiah, the Lord, the Christ, and He stoops down to begin to wash Peter's feet. Peter says, "Are You washing my feet?" Our Lord, in true greatness replies, "Unless I wash you, you can have no part of Me." This example of servanthood is what I think of every single day!

Now back to The Road of discovery I was telling you about.

After the Lord revealed Himself through His Word, I realized my role as husband didn't stop where I previously thought. Those roles are where the Road begins. I must make sure my towel is always damp! If your towel is damp, it is an indication that Christ is living through you. The greatest among us is the least among us. If we want to be great in the kingdom, we must be a servant to all. Real men wash dishes, clothes, cook, clean etc. because it has nothing to do with me, and has everything to do with Him--Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

God Bless and Merry Christmas,
Steve W.

Friday, December 14, 2007


Hey Guys!

I was so glad that many of you came last night to watch the Peter Loth video. I believe it brought a new vision of how important it is for us to forgive others.

The Road will be meeting December 20th & December 27th as usual. I know some of you may be traveling, however if you are in town, bring some family and/or friends!

Please check the blog on a regular basis for updates and changes with regard to The Road.

God bless and I will see you all next week (if the Lord wills), and if not.. someone else will need to carry the torch!!!!!


Monday, December 10, 2007

A Few More Things

I would like for us to start offering some snacks and drinks for after our time together each week. Sharlan has been GREAT in this service so far, however, if we could start some type of rotation for snacks that would be awesome!!!

It doesn't need to be anything grand, just maybe cookies or things like that. This will provide an opportunity to engage in conversation with those that are coming.

Also, we are looking for people to help with childcare. Currently, we do not have the need, but I would like to have things in place so we can offer it. This person(s) would come in each Thursday and wait until about 7:30 p.m., and if there aren't any kids, they can join us! Let me know how you would be willing to help in this regard (I know of one couple that would like to come on Thursday but is in need of childcare).

Thank you.


This Week

Hello All!

I wanted to take just a few moments and remind everyone about this weeks "Healing Through Forgiveness" during The Road this Thursday evening. Our time (as usual) is scheduled to meet in the annex, however, in the event we have lots of people show up we have the auditorium on "hold" if we need to move in there. The reason for the start time of 6:30pm is to determine what room we need before we get started.

For those of you that may have missed last week, we discovered how many times our thoughts, motivations and overall purpose in life looks something like a life that is "Hanging by a Thread!"

I look forward to seeing all of you Thursday, please remember to share this time with someone. Remember to check here for any updates that relate to The Road ministry.

I also wanted to let you guys know that we have a few Shallowater High School students that are wanting to join us on Thursday's. We are looking at providing the church bus to go and pick-up these students and take them back again. Please continue in prayer that God would enlarge our territory to serve Him!!

God Bless,