Posts by Brian Rainwater

Posts by Brian Rainwater

Restoration: Turning the Old into New

Often on the internet I read about classic cars being “found.” Recently at Shelby Mustang prototype was found deteriorating in a field in Texas. There were only two prototypes made and the other one, which has been completely restored is now valued at over one million dollars. The one they recently found needs a lot of work. The front panels are missing, the interior will need to be redone and there’s no telling how much work it will take to…

Baptism & Reaffirmation of Baptism

On July 22, following the 11:15am worship service, we celebrated three baptisms and four reaffirmations of baptisms at Lake Murray. Lawrence Ray, Chris Johnson, and Alita Jolley were baptized and Marie A. Johnson, Connie Johnson, Will Morse and Victoria Shealy reaffirmed their baptism. It is exciting to see how God is working and moving in the lives of the people at Wightman!

To the Ends of the Earth

I recently visited the Holy Land and stood on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea at a place called Caesarea Maritima. As I looked out over the waves coming in, the sea looked endless.

What If We Were Permanently Shipwrecked?

The last week of June was filled with 5 exciting nights of Vacation Bible School. People of all ages gathered at Wight- man to learn the truth that “Jesus rescues.” There was a lot of laughter, fun, singing, worship, learning and renewed com- mitment to follow Jesus. Vacation Bible School was a great week. I have often wondered why every week at church can’t be like Vacation Bible School. I don’t mean we should have activities every night, but VBS…

God-Sightings and Vacation Bible School

Cassie and I get excited when Vacation Bible School rolls around. Yes, it is a busy week and it’s not just the hours put in the week of VBS, it’s the hours, days, and weeks prior to VBS that can wear you out. But when you see what happens in the lives of the children and the life of our church it makes it all worthwhile. This year’s theme is “Shipwrecked,” and each day will focus on how Jesus rescues…

The Blind Side of Generosity

The 2009 movie The Blind Side seems to be on television quite a bit. It is based on the true story of professional football player, Michael Oher, who was raised in a broken home before being welcomed into the home of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. It is an up- lifting story to see how an “at-risk” young man comes into a loving, caring environment which allows him to flourish as an athlete, as a student and more importantly as…

Not the End of the Book

Our Bible journaling has been a great success. Around 120 people at Wightman began the challenge to read through the gospel of John during the season of Lent. I have enjoyed the feedback of people who are reading an entire book of the Bible for the first time, of couples who are talking about Scripture at the breakfast table, of small groups that started and are going to continue to meet after finishing the gospel of John. At the beginning…

Bible Journaling Begins

Our Bible Journaling plan begins tomorrow, February 14th.   There have been request for journals from other pastors and churches and we have sent out journals to seven different states.  The reading plan for John is posted on our website.  Over 100 people at Wightman have journals in their hands.  Transformation, however, is not measured by how many journals are sold, but will be dependent upon how many journals are utilized.  If you need a journal we still have about…

The Bible Journals are Here!

Our Bible Journals arrived today and are available in the office.  We will also have them available on Sunday.  The cost is $5.00.  Our Gospel of John reading plan start on February 14th.  Let’s make sure and invite others to join us in this journey. Pastor Brian