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119 Year Celebration – Time Change – Parenting Your Parents

Thank you so much to Zac for preaching on Sunday! Tammy and I had the opportunity to go to the Greenbrier and Smithfield campuses and worship with the Liberty family across Hampton Roads. We love it when we get to experience being one church in many locations.

This Sunday is going to be such a special day at Liberty. We will be celebrating 119 years as a church, looking back at God’s faithfulness, rejoicing in what God is doing now, and looking forward to where He is leading us into the future. At Liberty, we are part of a work that is so much bigger than us. It started long before us and will continue long after us. You don’t want to miss this special time of worship and celebration. I’ll also be sharing with you the door that God has opened for the next Liberty campus.

The following Sunday, November 3, is time change Sunday. Not just a time to change the clocks back (and get an extra hour of sleep!), but the date that all of our services at all locations are moving to 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Don’t forget to mark your calendars!

In the meantime, have you heard this story about the 80-year-old couple? They were having a hard time remembering things, so their doctor encouraged them to start writing things down.

That night, as they were watching television, the husband got up to go to the kitchen. The wife asked him to bring her a bowl of ice cream. She also suggested that he write down her request so he wouldn’t forget what she wanted.

“I’ve got it,” he said. “You want a bowl of ice cream.”

“Yes, but I want strawberries on top. You should write that down so you don’t forget.”

He assured her he understood and repeated the order to her.

“Yes, but I want whipped cream on top of my strawberries,” she said. “You’d better write that down or you’re going to forget.”

The husband, agitated at this point, repeated everything to her again and then left the room.

Thirty minutes later, he came out of the kitchen and handed his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stared at it for a moment, and then she looked at him and said, “I told you. You needed to write it down. You forgot my toast!”

This story is so funny. What an illustration of the things that can happen as we get older!

Maybe you’re not there yet, but maybe you’re finding more and more that your parents are. Change in any form is often difficult, but when your parent is aging and your role is changing, it’s hard!

Tammy and I have been there, and we know the challenges and pain that can come with caring for an aging parent. That’s why we wrote our new book, Parenting Your Parents. If you are caring for your parent, or know someone who is, just a reminder that you can find the book at It’s our prayer that this book will be a great encouragement to you.

It is a joy to be your Pastor!

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