Today we continued in our series on financial stewardship. Leading up to Easter and the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, I’m trusting that God will resurrect the finances of people in our church as we apply his principles to our money.
The series is called Cashin’ Out. You could probably imagine how much fun I’ve been having with that title.
Today’s message was on Defeating Debt. I was astounded by the information I learned about consumer debt in preparation for this message. The average American household has about $15,000 in just credit card debt.
During the message I challenged our members to cut up and cancel their credit cards. One person took me up on that offer so far.
Wednesday at Bible Study, we’ll dialogue more about this credit issue, cut up more credit cards, and pray God’s supernatural blessing on our credit and finances.
One of our new members approached me after service last week to express how much his life has changed since coming to our church. These are the types of conversations that make my job the best job in the world!
A lady who has been attending our church for the last few weeks with her sons came up to me after service with one complaint: The service is too… SHORT! She said that even her 10 year old asked, “It’s over already!?!” I told her that I’d rather him ask that than, “When is it going to be over!?!” LOL.
This past week I submitted Chapter 4 of my doctoral dissertation for review by my committee at Regent School of Divinity. I only have one more chapter to write! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I’ve been really enjoying The Bible movie that has been airing Sunday evenings on the History Channel. You should check it out!
This coming Saturday, I will be honored among 20 Impactful Pastors in our area at the Praise 104 Prayer Breakfast. This is an overwhelming honor for myself and our church.
I don’t just throw that term around. I have a handful of men that I call,”Big Brother.” These men pour into my life and encourage me like crazy. I’m so grateful for them.
Pastor G’s message was “Giving God Your Best” from Psalm 116. What a timely message after we just finished the “All Aboard” series. The audio is available on our website. Click here to take a listen.
Having Pastor G step in for me today was an amazing blessing. I needed this week to concentrate on my dissertation work for Regent University. I cleared a major hurdle Saturday by turning in Chapter 3 of my dissertation to my committee chair after a week of hard work.
Chapter 3 is the longest and most grueling chapter. It took me much longer than I thought to complete it, but I’m so glad to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Our Men’s Praise Team was on fire today! First time I’ve EVER seen the congregation call for an encore! LOL.
I’m so proud of how our band has come together. I don’t know of any church in the DMV who has a band as talented and committed without breaking the bank to pay for it. All of our musicians play because they love God and they love The Heights… without expecting a check!
I heard that we had an incredible turnout for our Homeless Feeding Outreach on Saturday. We had several people sign up during the All Aboard series. I’m proud to see that they followed through.
Thanks for your prayers for Levi. He had a successful surgery this past Monday. Hopefully this procedure will help him to walk better. He has a cast on his lower leg that will stay on for 6 weeks, and a brace that goes above his knee that will stay for 2 weeks. Please continue to pray for my big guy.
I’m excited about next month’s WYCB Praise Breakfast where I will be honored among 20 Impactful Pastors in the DC area. What an amazing honor! I’d love for you to grab a ticket and spend the morning of March 16th hanging out with me!
I never get tired of seeing people come to Christ through the ministry of our church. Every week it’s like a brand new experience for me as people make decisions for Christ at the Heights.
One of the immediate responses from this message was for people to get connected with our outreach ministries. We had a great response with people signing up for our homeless outreach as well as our Easter Community Outreach. Our people are ready to change the world!
Although the series is over, we’re holding on to this “All Aboard” concept as our theme for the year. Our church will only make significant strides forward as we get everyone connected. We’ll revisit this theme often throughout the year.
This week we baptized 7 new believers this past Wednesday. Once again, seeing the joy on someone’s face as they declare to the world their new life in Christ NEVER gets old.
My plate has been very full lately. Along with my pastoral responsibilities, I’m also teaching a class at Bethel Seminary and working on my doctoral dissertation at Regent University. I must admit that I’m a bit overwhelmed right now.
As much as I love all that I’m doing, I’ll be glad to transition from this season and remove some some of these high-level responsibilities from my plate.
My temperament is one that allows me to put my head down and push through. This means I’m normally oblivious to how hard I’m working. The fact that I notice it means that First Lady LaVera must be VERY overwhelmed with my non-stop schedule. I’m grateful for her patience with me. She is worthy of triple-honor.
This week I learned that I was selected to be honored among 20 impactful pastors in the DC area by WYCB and Praise 104. I’m so overwhelmed and appreciative of the incredible church that I serve. I’m only as impactful as the great people I’m blessed to lead.
Levi has surgery on his foot on Monday. This simple tendon lengthening surgery will hopefully allow him to plant his right foot better and have more stability in walking. We appreciate your prayers for our little guy.
If you missed it, audio of today message is up on our site. This is something that everyone connected to (or interested in) our church needs to hear! Click here to listen.
The purpose of this series is to rally our members around God’s vision for The Heights in 2013. I believe He has great things in store for us this year, but we must have all our members connected and engaged in ministry in order to accomplish His plan!
I started this series last week with a video of our 2012 Year in Review. What an amazing representation of God’s power flowing through our church this year. Check it out! Let me know what you think.
Our band was on fire today! I’m amazed at how God has blessed our music ministry and where we are now compared to 2 years ago! If you haven’t experienced us in a while, you’re missing out!
After church, I had one of the most frustrating and exhausting conversations I’ve had in my short time as a Pastor. When you see people you love so deeply make unwise moves, it truly affects you as a pastor.
The tough week in the Manning household all started Monday morning when Levi sprained his foot going downstairs to catch the school bus. My poor buddy hasn’t walked or been to school since.
If that weren’t enough, severe colds hit the house this week. Mine hit Wednesday and put me out for 2 days. First Lady’s hit Thursday morning, and we found out about Reuben’s double ear infection on Friday! Geez.
I missed Bible Study this week because I was sick, and God showed up mightily! I’m so proud and excited about how people stepped up, we didn’t miss a beat and God was glorified. Some members even stepped into some new roles and used gifts we didn’t know they had! That’s what “All Aboard” is all about.
I’m blessed to be accomplishing on of my life goals this year. I was approached several months ago by Bethel Seminary of the East to teach a class on The Gospels. I’m three weeks into my class and this is an exciting challenge! It has also added a great deal to an already full plate, so I appreciate your prayers.
Although my beloved Skins got bounced from the playoffs, it’s great to see the Ravens secure their spot in the Super Bowl today. I’ve had the honor of speaking at their chapel services and building with some of their players. Bernard Pollard came out to the Heights before the season started. Proud to cheer for my 2nd favorite team in the Super Bowl!
I had the honor of preaching at my home church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, this morning at 10am. What a great honor to share God’s Word at the church that shaped me into the Christian I am today.
When Pastor Jenkins isn’t at FBCG, he brings some of the best preachers in the country. To think that he trusted us with the FBCG pulpit is overwhelming.
As always, I had a blast preaching! I did a message called “Unleashed,” discussing the importance of overcoming the pain of your past. This message was challenging, convicting, encouraging and fun all at the same time!
The highlight of the message was an illustration I did with cake ingredients. Trying to explain what happened and how hilarious it was wouldn’t do it justice… you had to be there! LOL.
Twitter, Instagram and Facebook went crazy after the cake illustration.
After I got done at FBCG, First Lady LaVera and I hustled over to the Heights just in time for me to walk into the pulpit and continue our “Equipped” series.
This week we talked about how the gospel is our footgear. The audio of “It’s Gotta Be the Shoes” will be available soon. Stay tuned.
It’s always fun when our kids lead us in worship. They bring so much energy to the room! I think most of the adults had gotten tired by the 4th song though!
As our church is growing rapidly, we are beginning to max out space and volunteers in KIDZone. We’re praying for a solution to that, so…
I’m challenging all of the parents who benefit from KIDZone to give back. If you have kids go to KIDZone, I’m asking that you volunteer one Sunday per month for 3 months. That’s only three times with no obligations after that. Would you take me up on it?
We had representatives from Regent University at the Heights today. I’m a student at Regent and LOVE IT! Because of our affiliation with Project Bridges, any member of our church can receive a tuition discount at Regent if they attend. If you’re looking to extend your education, I recommend you check it out.
Our Anniversary Team is working hard to prepare for our Anniversary Celebration in a couple weeks. Although I’m not big on church anniversaries and such, I must admit that I’m very excited about this celebration.
I’m so excited to have started Bible Study back! Last Wednesday, we had an awesome worship experience led by Enduring Praise and began a series that will equip us with Biblical truth leading up to this years election. Join us Wednesday as we continue our “Your Bible and Your Ballot” discussion.
We celebrated Levi’s 4th Birthday this past week. He had a blast and you could tell he felt special. That is the BEST feeling as a dad to see your son enjoying his birthday.
Busy week ahead. Must catch up on work for school and church, but I’m most excited about officiating the wedding of two friends.