Phil and Carly are attending a church at Bentonville. Praise the Lord. Answered prayer. They appear to be happy there. Hopefully they will be absorbed and become a part of the family.
The service was good. The pastor was good and made some interesting points about leadership and the ease that sin can affect it. The text came from Samson and Delilah.
Just an interesting observation. This church spent some money quieting the auditorium. I did not hear a page turn, a chair move, or even an occasional cough or sneeze. Sound good? But I also did not hear the occasional amen, or hallelujah, or laughter at a joke. It reminded me of teaching. When I taught a very small class, the class was very quiet. But, the jokes did not go over very well, the question and answer sessions did not extend the lesson, the class just didn't run as smoothly. I had always attributed this to the smallness of the class. But, I think now it is the noise factor.
Lectures and sermons feed off the response of the audience. The occasional "Amen" encourages others to be more involved. Laughter is infectious and causes others to laugh. I think that the noise factor actually encourages the audience to listen more intently, just to see what they are actually missing. If the sound deadening in the room is so well done, the laughter is not there, the "amens" are not evident, and the quietness allows our minds to drift off subject. There needs to be a balance between noise and quietness, but I personally did not like "not hearing" those Bible pages turning.
Arkansas is hot. So, the kids put on their suits and filled the pools. That gave Grandpa a chance to man the hose. I am a deadly shot. Heh, heh, heh…
We had deep fried fish for supper, cooked in one of those outdoor turkey fryers. No sweat, except for the thunderstorm that suddenly materialized over the back yard. We finished inside while discussing the size of the fireball above the fryer when a sudden downpour dumped on the hot grease.
After everything was said and done, all I could say was, "It was a great day." Thank you Lord.