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Needless to say, I am hopelessly behind in giving you summaries of my preaching. I see that I have not updated you since back in February… lots of water under the bridge to be sure!

Well, two momentous things [to me] happened this week. First, I finished my duplex renovation. I now am trying to sell it, have had a few nibbles, but no bites yet. The project took twice as long as I expected, but only cost half again as much as I projected… and the market continues to rise, so I think I am ok!

The second momentous event was finishing the Study Guides for our Thru the NT series. That happened last night (well, really, early this morning). I have seven more sermons to preach in the series and then we are done. What an incredible journey!

The study guides are printed on 506 pages, comprise 306,897 words [by MS Word count], or 1,486,986 characters, not counting spaces. That worked out to an average of 16.3 pages per week, about 9900 words per week, and almost 48,000 characters per week. Is it any wonder that my fingers are sore? Not to mention carpal tunnel!!!

I propose to give you some one sentence sermon summaries to catch myself up. I am not sure when that will all happen, I will work on it some this week perhaps. Next week I head down to SC to officiate in the wedding of my number one son [Hi Dunky] and his lovely Meg. I will have computer with me, but…

During these last few months, some of my messages have been rather sparse note wise. One extremely pressure filled week, I was up until 5 am on Sunday morning, and only got one page for a message on 1 Tim 6. It was one of those ‘bare bones’ outlines, but the work on the study guides was a big help (and I did manage a couple of hours of sleep!) so the preaching of even my poorer outlines seemed to be fruitful inspite of the pressure.

Tonight I finished my mesages at 10:40 pm on Saturday night. That’s pretty early for me! So I decided to give you this little update and hope to be more active in the coming days.

BTW, if anyone would like to get a job up here and help us in the work, I have a lovely duplex you could buy…


A few summaries, to catch up February:

02/14/07 7:00p 8:00p
Humility and How to Attain It (Phil 1-2)

Humility is a state of mind produced by a commitment to self-sacrificial giving.

02/18/07 10:00a 11:00a
Press toward the mark (Phil 3-4)

Christian maturity comes by adopting a Christian mind.

02/18/07 11:30a 12:15p
The Preeminence of Christ (Col 1-3)

The preeminence of Christ demands complete devotion from the saints.

02/18/07 1:15p 2:15p
Transformed Relationships (Phile)

Salvation means everything changes, including relationships.

02/21/07 7:00p 8:00p
Priorities of Ministry (1 Tim 1-2)

The first priority for preserving the ministry in the face of false teaching is the prayers of holy people.

02/25/07 10:00a 11:00a
Christian Leadership (1 Ti 3, Tit 1)

The predominant issue concerning Christian leadership is character — everything else about Christian leadership only brings character into sharper focus.

02/25/07 11:30a 12:15p
Regulating Life (1 Ti 4-5, Tit 2-3)

By way of reminder to men well-trained for men who follow as new trainees – this is how Christian life should be regulated, by sober spirits and earnest effort.

02/25/07 1:15p 2:15p
Be Aware and Beware (1 Ti 6)

Preacher, guard your own heart.

02/28/07 7:00p 8:00p
Called to Holiness (1 Pt 1.1-3.7)

The call to holiness is based on the doctrine of the living hope.

Don Johnson
Jer 33.3