The Geek Squad still has my computer, and they’re still trying to fix it. I’m praying!
Yesterday I took my computer to the Geek Squad at Best Buy in Salisbury. The first guy who looked at it said he’d seen the problem a couple times before. Apparently the computer thinks it has about two dozen network cards. The Geek Squad dude said it could be caused by a virus, and said he’d been able to fix the other two cases. I left the computer with them to run a full diagnostic deal, so hopefully it’ll be all fixed up and ready today. Unfortunately it went down about a month after the warranty expired, although this might end up being less expensive than an extended warranty.
Anyway, hopefully it will work again and I’ll be able to get back to daily blogging and keep up with email, the podcast, and all that stuff.
A couple weeks ago at CrossWay we had our conference minister, Merv Stoltzfus, as our guest preacher. Last week one of our elders, LJ Timmons, shared the sermon. As soon as I can I’ll get those messages up on the podcast site.
This past Sunday we kicked off a four-week series called “Freedom.” It’s about the freedom that Jesus Christ gives us from so many things, even those that have trapped us for years and continue to bind us.
In fact, freedom was one of the most important themes of Jesus’ ministry. Early on, in His first sermon in His hometown, He read a passage from Isaiah 61, sat down, and told eveyone in church that the Bible passage He’d just read was about Him. What a shock that must have been! The Scripture text He read said that God had chosen Him and sent Him out to bring freedom. Freedom! You can read about it in Luke 4:16-21.
The word Jesus used twice for “freedom” literally means to be forgiven. When He talked about giving us freedom, He wasn’t spouting empty words. He would give us freedom at great cost to Himself–His own life. Because of what He did for us on the cross, we can be free–free from everything that has held us in chains! Whether it’s fear, addiction, anxiety, loneliness, or whatever… we can find freedom in Christ.
We then looked at John 8:31-36 where Jesus teaches how we find this freedom. But I’m not going to repreach the whole sermon here. You’ll just have to check out the podcast! It should be up in a day or two.
One of the frustrations of being a blogger with a broken laptop is having an exciting summer and not being able to blog about it. Since my computer went down and I’ve hardly been able to blog at all, Carolyn and I celebrated our fourth anniversary, went to the Baltimore Zoo, went to a Nationals game with the whole Hyde clan, attended my niece’s dance recital, wrapped up the “Play Ball!” series with a four-church event at a Shorebirds game, had an amazing week of Vacation Bible School, went to a Yankees game in New York, and got drenched in a massive storm on the Fourth of July. Oh yeah, and Cinderella the tadpole died. And of course we have pictures of all these things. Oh, the hindered writer’s agony! Hopefully I’ll be able to get the computer online again before summer’s end.