Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bill Loveless (Rick's buddy) wrote:

Dear Friends of Rick Stanley,

Rick will be on Huckabee this Saturday, January 3 at 8:00 PM EST on the Fox News Channel. This should be an interesting evening and I didnít want you to miss it!

Have a Happy and very blessed New Year.


   BellRoad Revival: Night 1 (of 4)
   BellRoad Revival: Night 2 (of 4)
   BellRoad Revival: Night 3 (of 4)
   BellRoad Revival: Night 4 (of 4)


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Its a sunny day here in California. Cathy came to the office with me today. We're cleaning, organizing, and pitching the excess.

Our Lottie Moon Offering and Year-End gifts toward our mortgage-principal both have done well. That is encouraging news.

A report came back from Pastor Wesley that the last survivor of the studio fire in Liberia also died.

Check out 'Gift for Richard Chamberlin' on the sermonplayer. Three simple riffs from a guy on youtube.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Our internet has been running I haven't bothered to try to write much. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service was a blessing to me.

Cathy and I were also blessed to be able to have all three sons and our daughter with us to close out Christmas Day. Joe and Sharon had spent a couple days with us. Jeremiah and Kristen came up in the afternoon. I drove to the airport later in the night to pick up Daniel and Cerissa (from their trip to Oklahoma). We watched some old family videos from our seminary days.

This morning I drove to the morning prayer site and stayed until 7am. Later, I read through the book of Jeremiah. Then, 1 and 2 Timothy.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rick Warren has been asked to lead in public prayer at the Inauguration of our new presidency: click here

I plan to edit my sermon of Sunday's Message. My friend, Richard, plans to listen online since he couldn't be in the church service.

Monday, December 22, 2008

We were pleased with the entire presentation of the Christmas Story (directed by Patrice Rosenau). I am personally thankful for the contribution of each person toward helping us tell the story of the birth of Christ in a creatively refreshing manner.

After the Christmas program, Cathy and I were blessed to have Mary, Jeremiah, Kristen, Joe, and Sharon around the table for pizza and fun. We watched a DVD-movie about the ministry of Jeremiah.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I am enjoying the evening rehearsals for this year's Christmas program. Our first performance is tomorrow night at 7pm.

It is a blessing to watching the little ones sing and recite lines. Our choir includes ages 17-81. So, that's the church.

Pastor Matt has been working hard on a seamless DVD track that has given me hope for what God might do next via BellRoad RadioVision.

  The Christmas Story

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pastor Wesley called me this morning at 4:30am (our time). He informed me that two more men have died due to the fire they experienced. The last of the five carpenters is still in critical condition.

I am burdened with my friend's loss and for the families of these breadwinners in Liberia (see Pastor Wesley's story below--Monday).

I received a e-newsletter from Rodney Edwards just now. He had also heard from Pastor Wesley a few days ago but from his newsletter, he didn't know that the other two had died. Rodney is heading to Liberia with his daughter, Elizabeth, over Christmas. Some college students from Georgia will be meeting him there to do some work for various ministries.

Service to Servants has offered to help get funds to minister in this situation. That blesses me immensely. I hope that God will put it upon somebody's heart. I have the desire to give but don't seem to be able to see the resources today.

Therefore, if anyone would be willing to help with the funerals for these four men (or to repair the radio station--which had been scheduled to open in January), you may send funds to:

Service to Servants
217 Hillard Drive
Murfreesboro, TN  37129

*designate "for funerals" or "for radio station" in the memo line of your check.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Today marks our 24th wedding anniversary.

Important G.R.O.W. meeting last night. I didn't leave the office until 10:40pm.

I deleted the two proto-type videos for our invitation to this year's Christmas program.

So, would you watch my final invitation for Friday night?

The Christmas Story

If you didn't read Monday's entry, please scroll down. It is quite important to me to remember Pastor Wesley and the families of the deceased in prayer today...

Monday, December 15, 2008

I was so saddened last week to hear through a contact that Pastor Wesley's ministry in Liberia had experienced a fire. The report that had gotten to me was that it was the Medical Center in Monrovia. However, I just received this note from Pastor Wesley and learned that it was the radio station next to the clinic.

Sadder still, lives have been lost:

Dear Pastor Rob,

This incident happened last week Wednesday and I have been so down to even write has been so difficult for me, Pastor Rob. Technicians from another radio station were hired to fix up our radio station studio by making it sound proof. Five of them came to work around 11: 00AM on Wednesday to do the job. By 6:15PM, they were still working.

After our Wednesday Bible Study, I went upstairs where they were working and told them that it was late and they should go home and come the next day to continue the work. They insisted on finishing the job that night. I left the church compound with my family for home.

At about 8:15PM, Deacon George Togbeh called me on the phone and said the studio was on fire. What the technicians did is that they bought gasoline and mixed the gasoline with the glue they were applying to the acoustic materials they were mounting on the wall and floor of the studio. When it got dark and they could see clearly, they bought a candle, light the candle and forgot they had gasoline near at hand and they put the candle near the gasoline trying to see what they were doing.

The candle put the gasoline on fire and the five technicians were caught up in the fire and got burned severely. They were taken to the hospital that night. Yesterday, one of them died and this morning another died. The other three are on critical list. Iím really in distress and our church mourning right now. I need your prayers and help to help the bereaved family for burial of the two dead and to redo our radio station studio.

Please see attached photos of burnt studio.

Pastor Richard Wesley

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Inspired by the recent alignment of Venus and Jupiter in close proximity to November's crescent moon, Pastor Rob asked Pastor Matt to consider the unseen skyline over the current home of Bell Road Baptist Church.

The worlds around us declare His Glory and the sky's the limit when one searches the Word of God for the significance of the birth of Jesus. Remembering that the wonders of God's love are most profoundly discovered by repentant souls, we humbly invite you to share the warmth of a Christ-centered Christmas Season.

Pastor Rob Patterson

Monday, December 8, 2008

Up around 4am to try a techno-creative idea but got to sleep in until 7:30 when Brother Lou showed up for MondayBreakfast.

He hung around until 11am talking with Cathy and me while I did 'busy-work' to transfer the 'new' powerpoint format to an old format (the only one that the freebie pdf conversion will accept).

As Lou was reading one of the Scripture texts in the Genesis Class (where I subbed yesterday morning), he received a new thought that he shared with me today. I have received it as an answer to prayer.

     awat on the archer, the arrow, and the bow

Yesterday, Jorge, Elba, and Jesse shared lunch with us at our house before we returned for Choir Practice. I worked on preparing the SundayMessage for distribution until Truth Project (followed by the Evening Worship).

During the week ahead, we have work to do toward the Christmas project. Yesterday, we finished 40 Days of Prayer (click here for schedule) that Delynn referenced below. We plan to begin another 40 Day PrayerTime in January. May God grant us His perfect response to every petition, request, intercession, and thanksgiving.

Our Treasurer came in for a great discussion and prayer over our ongoing collection for Christmas 2008 special offerings:

 Lottie Moon (international) and Building Debt (local).

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Its 12:54 and the aftermath of Men's Breakfast has just come to a close on our campus. Several people showed up to help with the Christmas decorations.

Sunday School teachers are being given their materials for the next quarter today. Cathy and I need to make some home visits today in preparation for tomorrow's classes.

and Faye showed up to lead in the morning prayer as part of the 40 Days of Prayer.

Randy, Tim, Corey
and the SoundMan from God's Country Band also came to fellowship with us. They needed our trailer for a gig next weekend but their time among us fits with the Lord's underlying theme for the day.

Al Hendrix (from the Rockabilly Hall of Fame) hung out until noon. At Breakfast, he sat at the same table as Josh West (who happens to be his next door neighbor). Yours truly figured out the connection because of time spent pondering the Sunday morning yellow cards which are sometimes completed.

I've noticed a good amount of hits on this story I posted yesterday at

Do You Believe in Angels?
In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were upright Ö click here for more

Here's some other stories from recent weeks: click here

I still have a full day of work ahead of me so g2g. Hope to see one of you who will read this in church tomorrow. If time, space, or circumstance renders that possibility impossible, then whenever you are able, send me an email:

Friday, December 5, 2008

Up at 5am with the hope to run on full-speed ahead...

Cathy and I drove to the place where Deacons meet on Friday morning. She stayed in our car and worked BSF materials while I prayed with the other(s). Later, Cathy and I went up to the site of prior panoramic prayer meetings and recounted the blessings of our 360-prayer cycle.

Much to do today. Sunday School materials should be arriving for the new quarter. Christmas decorations need to go up. A photo to introduce others to the idea Advent was just posted at the Auburn Journal.

Fixing our Eyes on the Unseen
This Sunday, we will gather around the altar at 707 Bell Road in prayerful expectation. Watching and praying for signs and wonders, the upcoming Christmas Season has much in store for those who choose Ö more

Last Sunday night I stopped to consider the crescent moon with Jupiter and Venus in close proximity. Not even a google image search has afforded an opportunity for me to share the beauty of what I witnessed that night. Monday night's sight was also noteworthy (click here).

According to the AP story above, "the next time the three will be as close and visible as this week will be Nov. 18, 2052" (however Venus and the crescent moon can be seen together on New Year's Eve).

We'll keep watching from 707 Bell Road...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Just in from Scott and April:

  "All is well back here - but we do miss "our" church
   quite a bit.
While there is much to enjoy and adore
   about New England, Bell Road is one of the places
   that make us look forward to July.

       Take care and God bless ..."

Today, I uploaded Sunday's Message:

   "A Light for Today" on the sermonplayer
    or click here for the mp3 file.

Sunday's message opened with an introduction involving the story of what God did with a local church who wanted to change the world from Albany, Georgia.

Click here for more about how Sherwood Baptist Church moved from their first movie 'Flywheel', to 'Facing the Giants', and on to ('change the world' from Albany, Georgia) produce the film 'Fireproof'.
Yesterday, Pastor Matt, Cathy, and I made the rounds beginning at 707 Bell Road. We later attended the Christmas Party for the Genesis Class. Relative to the old-timey songs that were sung there is this video-link I have located for a by-popular-demand reprise that we all hope to see someday soon: click here

Today, Pastor Matt, Justine, Cathy, and I were invited to attend the Annual Christmas Party for the Golden Circle Class. That was a great time as well.

Cathy and I went to visit a patient at the hospital who had requested a chaplain. It was a very special connection in that this woman is a fervent Christian who was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (the town where Cathy and I began together in public ministry).