We started our Wednesday night service tonight at 7:00 pm. I will be teaching through the book of Philippians and the theme will be “being joyful in times of trial”. We started tonight by going through Acts 16 that describes the start of the church in Philipi by Paul on his 2nd missionary journey. He and Silas were arrested by the Romans and beaten with rods, thrown into prison, and put in a torture device. The normal practice when a criminal was beaten with rods is that all the skin would be gone off of their back, muscles would be torn and often bones exposed. At midnight while they were in the torture device after being beaten with rods they began to sing hymns. There was an earthquake and all the prisoners chains fell off and the prison doors flew open, and Paul led the jailer and all his friends and family to faith in Jesus. The power of singing and worshiping God after being beaten an inch from death. A church that begins like that is started on a good foundation of rejoicing in spite of trials. Teaching the Bible is my favorite thing to do, it is the most rewarding thing I do, it pushes my joy button like nothing else. If you don’t have anything else to do come on down and learn from the book of Philippians. Even if have something else to do, skip it and come on down and learn the power of a rejoicing life. So many people skip going to church because they work all week and want to do something on the weekend or have to work on the weekends. Gathering together with other believers is Gods will, He commands it in Hebrews 10:24, so it ought not to be an option for us. So Wednesday night at 7:00 to 8:00 pm is a solution, come on down and worship and learn and grow.