I was really behind in my work this weekend. So I was not able to the NFL preseason game Saturday night, as planned. Of course, Crystal and the kids went without me! And they were treated to a Jacksonville Jaguar defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In New Members Class, I taught on “Overcoming the Enemy,” Basically, I did an exposition of Ephesians 6:10-20.

As always, it was great to have our youth choir and young adult choir lead in the musical praise in our worship services.

Yesterday was designated as “Educators Appreciation Day.” We were glad to host local teachers and school administrators in our 10 AM service. Likewise, we spent a brief time in prayer to cover our children who are returning to school.

I am grateful for all the guests who were in worship with us yesterday.

I preached from Philippians 2:19-24, which records Paul’s commendation of Timothy to the church at Philippi. I entitled the message, “Is There No One Like Timothy?”

For some reason, I had a difficult time organizing this text for preaching. I finally decided to organize the message around the lessons in the text from the examples of both Paul and Timothy.

It has been well said: “Very few things are more irritating than the nuisance of a good example.” I feel that way as I work through the remarkable examples of humility and servanthood Paul gives in Philippians 2.

Next Week’s Text: Philippians 2:25-30.

Praise God for those who were saved and added to the church in yesterday’s services.

Thank you for praying for me. Your prayers are much needed. And much appreciated.