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Preaching at Bethlehem

I was blessed with the opportunity to preach at Bethlehem during all three services on February 13th & 14th. Here’s the video. If it happens to stop occasionally, pause it for a few minutes and let it buffer. That should fix it

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We Have Some Wonderful News…

After enduring 37 hours of labor, my incredible wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Judson Michael Louis was born at 6:22 pm on Monday, February 22nd. He weighed 8 pounds and measured 20 3/4 inches in length. Here’s a photo of him just moments after his birth. We think he favors Molly’s side of the family and looks a little bit like his oldest sister, Olivia. What do you think?

We know that many of you were praying for Molly and Judson during the long labor and delivery. Thank you so much. Your prayers mean more to us than you will ever know. Neither of us ever expected she would labor that long with her 4th child. I wasn’t sure she was gonna make it near the end. She was absolutely wiped out. But God graced her with some amazing strength and endurance and…in due time…blessed us with another healthy child. We are overwhelmed at His kindness toward us in Christ. Thank you for praying for us and rejoicing with us during this season of our lives.

Here are a few more photos…

Now all he needs to do is figure out a way to survive the smothering love and affection of his three older siblings…

Just couldn’t resist adding this one. Gotta love those teeth…

Treasuring Christ in Raleigh

The Treasuring Christ Together Church Planting Network consists of former and current church planting residents from Bethlehem Baptist Church and the Bethlehem church planting staff. Four times a year, the network gathers in some part of the country for a couple days of prayer, planning, training, and mutual encouragement. We met last week in Raleigh, NC, where Sean Cordell, former BBC resident, planted Treasuring Christ Church in 2005. It was so encouraging to see all that the Lord is doing in and through this young church plant in downtown Raleigh. If you would like to get a feel for a few of the former BBC residents and their church plants, look here…

Treasuring Christ Church, Raleigh, NC (Sean Cordell): http://www.treasuringchristchurch.com/   

Grace Church Memphis, Memphis, TN (Jordan Thomas): http://www.gracechurchmemphis.com/ 

Glory of Christ Church, Elk River, MN (Charlie Handren): http://gloryofchristbaptistchurch.org/

Kaleo San Diego Church, El Cajon, CA (Tim Cain): http://www.kaleochurch.com/el-cajon/       

Minnesota Children’s Museum

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My father, aka “Pops,” came to visit last week. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. He loved on the children, sent Molly and me out on several dates, and treated us all to a trip to the Minnesota Children’s Museum in downtown St. Paul. What an amazing museum! I think I enjoyed it as much as the children did. The photos below were all taken there.

Thanks for everything, Pops.  We love you!   

The crossing guard

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Isabelle

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Turtleman!

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Mommy's little masterpiece

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Olivia, Joshua, and Isabelle

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My beautiful wife with St. Paul in the background

Communion

I had the privilege of giving the devotion before communion during both of the Sunday morning services last weekend. It was a tremendous blessing for me. I had no idea it was being filmed. You can view it above.

Snow…already?!!

My children only saw snow once or twice in Mississippi. They hardly knew what to do with it when they saw it this morning (on October 10th!). Olivia figured it out pretty quickly, however. What do you do with snow? You eat it!

Commissioning Service

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I was commissioned last weekend, along with Jason Vaden, as a pastoral resident of Bethlehem Baptist Church. I cannot describe what a blessing this was for Molly and me. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness of God during this season of our lives. He has graciously provided us with a tremendous opportunity to serve and grow in an amazingly joyful, God-glorifying, Christ-exalting church. We are very, very thankful. 

Pastor John Piper praying during our commisioning service

Pastor John Piper praying during our commissioning service