Sunday Recap: Samson and Delilah edition


Today was part 2 of the “My life is a Circus” sermon series.  This may be our most appropriately named “theme” ever…sounds like lots of people had a “circusy” week.  ‘Talked about being a “strong man” today…emphasizing your strengths..hiding your weaknesses.   Samson was a man with an incredible strenth, who was also plagued by a serious weakness.  Like so many of us still do today, Samson trusted his ability…and deluded himself into thinking that his weakness for hot philistine honeys would not catch up to him…”this time”.   Wonder why politicians, preachers, entertainers, athletes…people with great potential of all kinds… still get caught up in seemingly senseless scandals?  The answer is found in the life of Samson.  There isn’t a more vulnerable position to be in than to “trust” in your strengths…and deny your weakness.  When we admit our weaknesses…trust the one who gave us our abilities…and don’t trust in “our” strengths is truly when we become strong.

Today was a day that pointed to the strength and depth of the actionchurch crew. You guys are my heroes..thanks to you all.    There were lot’s of reasons why today could have been a disaster…but instead everyone pulled together and put together a great service.

LOTS of kids in actionkidz…the “big top” was swamped today.  I can’t say enough good things about the whole ‘kidz crew.

Great to see even more new folks this week.  Thanks for admitting to your friends that you go to church  :-)    Great crowd…things are definitely heating up for our summer season.

Sunsets North from Allentown on stage…thanks to Terry and the 315 crew for making sure Sunday mornings Rock @actionchurch!

Thanks to all the folks that stayed after to as Josiah so delicately put it “Help us move our crap”.  The bus is loaded for the week.  We will need extra help setting up next Sunday Morning.  Don’t worry…I’ll remind you later in the week…because we will definitely need some extra help.

Special “purple heart” shout out to Steven Grow…hope your head feels better soon.  Steve is one of the fearless morning set up crew…and is also a really big guy…who managed to connect with the not so tall hatch of the “vw bus entertainment center” in actionkidz.  OUCH!

Loved the “Office” clips this morning.  Thanks Josiah for editing Michael and Dwight so they could join us this morning.

Truly “when we are weak…then we are strong”.   Felt very weak coming into this Sunday…left church knowing that we truly serve an amazing God…didn’t just “talk about it”…saw it in action.

4 thoughts on “Sunday Recap: Samson and Delilah edition

  1. Hey Don, can you post the actual verse that you used from II Corinthians? I found another version of it, but I liked the way it was worded in the service. Thanks for the “My life is a Circus” Series. Mine is right now and todays weakness and strength talk hit home. Have a great week!!

  2. I use the New Living Translation on Sunday morning. Here it is:

    8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

  3. Thanks for the “purple heart” shout! I should probably get slapped on the head (on the left side please) for lying to Michelle, when I told her that I was ok. How appropriate was it that Don, would talk about how we want to project that we are strong, at times when we are weak. This was the first service that I did not enjoy for two reasons:
    1. my head hurt
    2. I was swallowing my pride the whole time, and by the end of the service I actually allowed Mary, to drive me home, and she came back and got my car later.

    Just a big shout to everyone that helped put things away this week! Members of the regular crew can’t always stay after the service, for various reasons, and sometimes we can’t make it at all on Sunday. Having fellow “actionchurchonians” help on just a brief mention at the end of the service is real cool, and shows the heart of our people, you really can’t fake action, you either do it or you don’t, and in the words of a famous American, we “git-r-done!”