Monthly Archives: November 2009

Those Kind Of Days!

Do you ever have those kind of days when you wake up and you feel you do not have enough strength to take on the world?

On these days you feel you just want to turn over in your bed and go back to sleep. You do not have the energy to take on that big project that is pressing or you have a fear of opening the mail just in case there is a big bill to pay that you forgot about.

Well, today I think I’m having one of those days. It is a weird feeling but you go to bed thinking you can take on the world and you wake up feeling like a complete loser! Nothing has happened in between, just a rush of thoughts going through your head that conjure up the feelings of being overwhelmed.

Since starting the journey to becomingĀ  a church planter, I have been amazed at how many battles I have had to fight. Whether inner battles or battles with other people. However, I feel like God has given me an injection of some extra strength faith. I have had the feelings that I can take on any mountain that maybe in my way. I think I am getting a glimpse of what the little shepherd boy David felt when he faced the giant Goliath. I think inside of him he must have said, ‘Bring it on!’ I can relate!

So it is on days like these when no obstacle has been put in my way, no big huge giant has tried to fight me, not even a bill has come in the mail that I can’t pay, in which I realize my humanity. There is no reason for me to feel overwhelmed yet I do. There is no reason for me wanting to bury my head in the sand, yet I do and there is no reason to feel weak, yet I do!

I think God allows days like this so we realize who we really are. We are just insignificant people who have been given the priviledge to serve and love a GREAT God. It’s days like these that I realize I can not walk this journey alone, I can not take on a giant alone, I can not conquer a mountain alone. It’s days like these that I realize I am not equipped for the challenges ahead, but I know a friend that sticks closer than a brother who is equipped and stands by me when the biggest mountains or the biggest giants are right in front of me.

My prayer today is the message found in Proverbs 3:5-6. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.’

 

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Very Thankful

So for those of you who don’t know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving! As a non-American Thanksgiving was never part of my life. This will be the fifth time I will celebrate Thanksgiving. So today I wanted to blog a list of 10 things I’m thankful for! So here goes:

1. That I’m a man! – Would hate to be a woman. Couldn’t imagine putting make up on, wearing dresses, having to walk in high heels, giving birth, wearing a bra! No thank you!

2. That Manchester United rules! – Yes they are the best ‘football’ team in the world and I support them!

3. That I live in 2009! – I would have hated living in another century. Imagine no phone, computer, internet, TV, deodorant, hair wax or ‘The Office’.

4. That I have a rich heritage! – I come from a long line of preachers, pastors and men and women of God. That is something no-one can ever take away from me.

5. My Mom and Dad! – The old proverb is true, direct your children in the way they should go and they will not turn from it when they get older. This has been true for my parents. I’m thankful for their guidance, direction, friendship and that they are mentors to me.

6. My extended family! – My siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews. I am blessed that I do not only know these people. but that I’m related to them.

7. The call of God! – I am thankful that God chose me and called me to do things that I could not even imagine. I don’t deserve the call God has put on my life, but for some reason he gave it to me.

8. That I haveĀ  a dream! – No I’m not Martin Luther King, but I do have a dream. I realize I have purpose in this life and that purpose will never be fulfilled until I pursue the God-given dream inside of me! I’m ready to see a dream become a reality.

And I saved the best two for last!

9. My beautiful, hot, loving wife! – Yes, I did it. In the words of ‘Elf’, I did it! The worlds best wife. Congratulations. With her I’d be nothing! She is more than I could ever dream! I’ll be honest words can’t describe how I feel for her and how thankful I am for her. I love you Rocky!

10. The Lover of my Soul! – The one whose name is above all names, Jesus Christ! Because of the unconditional love of this man I am able to have life and life to the full. I am so thankful that a sinner like me has now been adopted into the very family of God! What a savior!


The Big Announcement!

So yesterday the big announcement was made that I will be transitioning out of my position at Grace Assembly in two weeks!

This is something that has been in the works for a while, but God has been working in my heart about a journey he wants my wife and I to go on and we’re excited about the path this journey will take.

So some of you may have a few questions, here are some I’m ready to answer, over the next few months I will probably be able to answer a few more:

What are you going to do? – We are going to be planting a church. If you don’t know what that means, it is basically starting a new church with the goal of reaching people with the hope of Christ Jesus

Where are you going? – Nowhere! We feel God has called us to the east coast and to the Baltimore area. Even though we feel our assignment at Grace Assembly has come to an end, we feel very much called by God to work in our present geographical location

When will you start? – We have no timeline as of yet. However, planting a church takes time, money, manpower and a whole lot of prayer! We are looking at establishing weekly services by Fall/Autumn 2010

Why leave Grace? – We love Grace! It is very hard to leave, but we believe that the hope of the world is the local church. This is the avenue that God created to bring hope to a hurting world. Statistically, historically and most important biblically, starting new churches (which partner and complement existing churches) is the most effective way to reach people with this message of hope.

Are you scared? – Oh yes!!!! This is very scary, but we know that God has called us to this journey and task and we have realized that if Jesus called 12 ordinary men to change the world, then with him being front a center, we have a chance of reaching the people he has called us to reach with his message of hope.

Is there anything I can do to help? – Yes! Pray for us. Pray that God will open the hearts of the people we are going on this journey to reach.

I hope this answers some inital questions. We are excited about this new chapter in our lives and can not wait to see how God causes the growth as we step out in faith to do some watering and planting!