We are still here… no blogs of late. My apologies. Too many hours away from home as it is.
God is doing an amazing work in my heart, in the lives my children, in the eyes of my wife, and in the congregation that God has called us to serve. Times they are a changing and they are a crazy.
Sunday we had more folks at WVPC than ever before, and we are praying for wisdom. We are cramming people into a space that doesn’t fit us. We are seeking wisdom on facility mayhem. We are praying for small groups that are forming, for discipleship relationships that are beginning, for broken people who are hurting, and for both the comforting and exposing AFFECT of the saturating Word of God -in all whom we engage! I am preaching through Colossians. We are having membership classes. We have transitioned into year numero two – budgeting, leadership training, etc. We are out hosting community events. I think the buzz is contageous. Acts 2 tells us so!
O God have mercy. We are in over our head.
As I told our congregation at our annual meeting on Sunday – I believe they are crazy for following a 31 year old. Someone said: Jesus was only 33. To which I replied: no one here actually knows how badly I need Jesus.
I do. Jesus Christ, thank you for rescuing me from sin. Covering me with righteousness. Giving me your Word. Implanting your Spirit. Being my Wisdom from God that appears foolish to the world. For letting me fail time and again so that I can meet my need for you face to face. thought to thought.
O God, draw people into your midst in all churches that declare your gospel for the glory of Christ. Do it at West Valley. Bring your kingdom to earth as it is in heaven – by your people declaring your Word and embodying your resurrection power in a spirit of humility and weakness. The powerful work, then, is all yours for your namesake. Amen.