Clay went back to work.. I had to have him at the airport at 4:00 this morning.. He is pretty sure that he has everything he needs to get through customs this time.. I am seriously hoping he does..
He got to to the Houston airport and ran into his boss.. Turns out they are both on their way to work today so Clay will have company on the flight. This time he is taking the Houston Express straight through to Luanda without stopping off in Amsterdam..
He sent me a text this morning to tell me that his boss said that the entire cement department is in complete chaos so Clay has his work cut out for him.. I think it's sort of funny.. He was hired on as a tools specialist (huge things that go down into the well) as well as the guy in charge of training cementers, but the actual cement department wasn't really going to be his responsibility..
I told him that I didn't buy that for a second.. He may be the tools specialist, but he is known worldwide (not bragging, just calling a spade a spade) for his work in cement.. The last 3 countries he has worked in hired him because no one knows how to get a cement department up and running as well as he does; not to mention his skill in chemistry has brought major breakthroughs throughout Africa as far as developing new cement blends.. It's not cement like we think about cement, like a driveway or a sidewalk. He has developed flexible cement, foam cement, even cement that maintains a particular temperature.. So when he told me that he wouldn't be working in cement this time, I told him that was a load of bunk..
So he starts listening to his boss, and learns pretty quickly that not only will he be running the tools department, but he will also be rebuilding the cement department. But that's alright.. It's what he does. It's what he's good at, and he thrives in a chaotic environment.. He's a problem solver.. If everything ran smoothly, he's be bored to death. :)
We haven't found a church yet, but we expected it to take a while.. We went to the little Baptist church (West Omaha Baptist Church) twice, and although they were more comfortable with us the second time and seemed genuinely glad that we came back, we just don't feel like it's a good fit for us..
We have also visited Southwest Church of Christ twice.
It was ok too.. Everyone was welcoming, the sermons were kind of short, but came from the Bible, there were no instruments and the congregation sang choir style which was very nice, and I appreciated that they serve communion every week instead of once a month; but again, just not the right fit for us.
We don't have many requirements (for lack of a better word) for a new church, what we are looking for is pretty basic. We don't care what the music is like.. It doesn't matter to us if there are no instruments, a pipe organ, a full band, or a rickety, out of tune piano. We don't care if they offer songs sung from a hymn book, or lyrics from a screen.. As long as it's not a production or entertainment. We would love for it to be about worship to God, rather than something that the congregation gets from it. I'm not sure if that made sense, but it did to me :)
It is true, there are a couple of things we don't want in a church. Infant baptism, worship of angels, saints, or Mary. Or a church that would be described as charismatic. A church that doesn't teach from the Message Bible is kind of a must for me, but I don't know that I have ever heard of a church that does?
What we really want is a church that preaches from the Bible. That's it. Not a verse here and there, usually taken out of context, but actual biblical truth. A church that focuses on our need for a Savoir. One that teaches discipleship and cares more about repentance of sin and true conversion. A church that doesn't sugarcoat the gospel and is more concerned about our eternal life than living our
'best life now'..
'best life now'..
"The only way you can have your best life now, is if you are on your way to hell." - John MacArthur.
The best life we can hope to have is our life in Heaven, not here and now..
So.. Anyway.. I am going to try Omaha Bible Church this Sunday.. I gotta go by myself if Sky is working since Clay isn't home.. Kind of a bummer, but you gotta do what you gotta do right?
Their 'what we believe' page sounds promising :)
I guess that's all for now.. I have sooo much homework to do.. I should probably stop wasting time and get to it..