Even as I type this, Jeff and Leslie are in the hospital, awaiting the arrival of little Cadence.Â If you’re reading this, please pray for them all to get some rest and for Cadence to come on out.Â We’re all waiting to meet you, little one…
She’s not even here yet, but Cadence has been blogging for months now: http://cadenceolivia.wordpress.com/.Â Check it out!
I love Mondays.
First of all, Sundays are my favorite days of the week.Â Yesterday, we had a decent crowd (57) at ICCÂ in spite of a bunch of folks out for the weekend.Â The “Catalytic One” (my dad, Lamar Duke, and our Catalytic Pastor) preached for us and talked about “A Lifestyle of Generosity.”Â The band did a great job — started off the day with a pretty sweet version of “Give a Little Bit.”Â It was a good one all around.
On top of the “good exhausted” feeling of coming off of Sunday, Mondays are great because Monday night is Date Night around here.Â Amber and I didn’t really date at all before we got married.Â We “hung out” a lot.Â Spent a lot of time with friends.Â But not much dating before or after we got married for the first couple of years.Â We really made Date Night a priority when we moved to Pittsburgh and it’s been awesome.
Why date night?Â BecauseÂ as life gets (and stays) busy, it’s amazing how easy it is to go all week and not have much — or any — meaningful, one-on-one conversation with each other.Â Marriage is work.Â
Hey married guys out there — get off it and put together a Date Night.Â You have to take the lead.Â Give your wife a couple of days notice, pay for a babysitter, and take her out on a date.Â Just the two of you.Â You’ll be amazed…
It was another awesome weekend around here.Â Again (my new theme), it was busy, but good.Â
Saturday, we had a baby shower for Jeff & Leslie.Â Little Cadence is coming really soon.Â Yes, it was a co-ed baby shower and no, it didn’t make me feel weird like I thought it would.Â It was pretty cool to just hang out with everyone a little bit.Â Feels like there’s been so much going on lately that I haven’t had much “hang out” time.
Then Sunday was amazing.Â I’m amazed each and every week by all that the men and women of Iron get done to make things happen at ICC.Â The setup (complete with outdoor baptistry and everything) went surprisingly smooth, the Cafe was stocked and staffed, Iron City Kids was running at full speed, and the band set the tone big time.Â I wrapped up our “Release” series, and then we moved the service outside and celebrated 4 baptisms!
WOW!Â There’s a lot going on around here as God continues to work in a lot of our people to bring about their release from whatever junk is holding them back.Â Â Our numbers are up, the energy level is off the charts, and God is blessing in some unbelievable ways.Â
With all this good stuff comes a lot of spiritual warfare, so keep praying for God’s protection and direction as we keep pressing forward to see the Pittsburgh metro area transformed with the love of Jesus!