Monday, April 20, 2009

Blessed because of my Dad. Prov.20.7

Today I read, Prov. 20:7, "The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him."

This was the verse I wrote Dad on his 70th birthday tribute in 1996. It made me think of him again today. From the time he was saved in 1966 till the day he graduated in 2005, he sought to live a righteous and blameless life. We, as his children and grandchildren, are blessed after him.

Giving thanks for my Dad, Oscar M. Woodall, today. Blessed

Friday, April 17, 2009

Why did Jesus fold the napkin? John 20.7

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? 
I never noticed this....

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

John 20:6 Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there,  7 as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 

Was that important? Absolutely! 
Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'.

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because...The folded napkin meant... 'I'm coming back!'

I am sooooo glad Jesus is coming back.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Today I am 55.

So... today I am 55. The 55 mile marker on the road and race of life. Double nickel. AARP. 35 cent coffee at Burger King. 25 lbs heavier than my high school weight of 194 lbs. Instead of 34x36 pants from college, I am wearing 36x34. Hmmm… But…

I am sitting on my front porch giving thanks to the most amazing, loving, generous, kind heavenly Father for all the way He has led us these past 55 years. I am indeed counting my blessings. Let me name a few…

1. I was thought of before the world began. Eph.1.4
2. I was fearfully and wonderfully made in my mother’s womb. Ps.139
3. I was born in Miami, FL in 1954 to Oscar and Dorothy Woodall. Acts 17.26
4. I am 2nd born male between two awesome sisters.
5. I moved to London, England in 1965-1972.
6. I became a Christian in 1968. Discipled by Bud Hinkson, Charlie Powell and John Riggs.
7. I went to Florida Bible College from 1972-1976. Loved it. My love for God and His Word has just increased over time.
8. I met and married the love of my life, Debbie Farthing, in 1975.
9. I started some “friends for life” in John MacMurray, Phil and Sue Engleman, Mike Minter and Leon Tucker.
10. I became a Dad on 7.7.77 with David Monroe. I was blessed with Michael, Rebekah and Stephen in 1978, 1979 and 1981.
11. I was led and grew through different work and ministry assignments…Reston Bible Church, Heavener Ogier Services, Circle Community Church and now North Point Community Church.
12. We met one of the wisest counselors we know in 1997, Denise Hirschlein, who helped us see the truth and set us free.
13. All of our children married amazing and wonderful spouses in 2003-2007. Danae, Leann, Priscilla and Andrej.
14. We built a beautiful home in 2005 in celebration of 30 years of marriage.
15. We received 3 beautiful grandsons in 2008…Oscar John David, Haden Price and Eden Jozef.
16. I am enjoying some of the most amazing people and friends a man could ever want.
17. I wake up every day and thank God for a very good work to do at and from North Point Church. I love the place of ministry and influence the Lord has given us.
18. I love living a life on purpose in balance.
19. More than all of these things, I am blessed to be known and loved by God my Father, Jesus my Savior, and the Holy Spirit my Counselor.

These are just a few reasons that I say, I am a man, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, pastor and friend who is…