Wow, I have so much that I want to say, and so little time in which to say it! We’re leaving for Korea early tomorrow morning and I’ve got a lot to do today to get ready for the trip…haven’t packed or anything…but if I find some time later today I’ll write a little more.
But I do want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone for the incredible birthday gifts, cards, money, checks, etc. Your generosity is very humbling and greatly appreciated!
All day yesterday was an amazing day in my life. I loved every part of the service…the worship (especially Let the River Run)…the video birthday greetings from Dr. Mark Chironna, Pastors Carey and Vannie Harrell, Bishop Johnathan Alvarado, Pastor Jentezen Franklin, and my son Jared, who is in Prague...the kids’ production (sort of a mini-Alvin Ailey dance troupe)...Taps, who was so anointed (when I first heard that he was going to dance to Now Behold the Lamb, I didn’t think that it was going to work, but as soon as he started, I totally got it, and it really ministered to me...and it was also great to celebrate with the other 1958 babies.
Judah’s rap and song just totally blew me away. In that one piece he completely captured every part of the message that I preach, and then combined it with a great cover of a 60’s classic (What the World Needs Now), and then ended with the Beatles (All You Need is Love)! Are you kidding me? That’s as good as it gets! And Jonah’s accompanying video translated it and communicated it to perfection (and he slammed on the drums). Dish and Dane (Daniel) were awesome, also, in a very Jimi Hendrix kind of way. I loved it, and was so proud of my boys. And my baby girl made me cry…the things she said are what every dad dreams of hearing his kids say.
And what can I say about Curtis’ “It’s a Wonderful Life” video? It may quite possibly be the greatest gift that I have ever received. I can’t even talk about it yet.
And my Mom was great, and Dad threw down with his too cool, old school preaching style. He did exactly what I wanted him to do.
And Debye was her usual gorgeous and wonderful self. She did a great job pulling all of my birthday celebration together. I loved every part of the service, and absolutely realize how blesed I am!
She and I will be out of the country tomorrow through Saturday. Assuming that everything goes according to schedule, I plan on being back in the pulpit (I need a better, less-religious-sounding term for preaching!) for the April 6th, 10AM service.
I’m taking my laptop with me, but it’s quite likely that I won’t be able to moderate the blog while I’m in Asia. So, if you want to post something, go ahead and send it…just know that you probably won’t see your contribution online until sometime late next Sunday afternoon. You can check back later in the week to see if I was able to post anything from over there.
In case you don't know, I’m turning 50 on Thursday, and I’ll be speaking that day at a leadership conference in Seoul.
Thanks for your beautiful feedback, and thanks again for giving me such a memorable birthday.
I really and truly love you all!