Baby Steps

We’re getting there!  I ask God each day for strength and wisdom as we continue our preparation for starting the new church.  I am finding that one of the most important qualities for a church planter to possess is persistance.  I am facing the challenge of locating resources (people, money, facilites, equipment) that don’t come easily.  I am grateful for Westood as our sponsor church.  They are providing much needed assistance through finances and guidance.  It’s the other thousand details that keep us looking to God for help.

We have been meeting with our core group for the last several weeks to pray and prepare.  We are working on a name, vision statement, core values, and mission statement that will guide the church as we grow.  I am searching for a place to meet and someone to lead our music.  These are two critical items that must be resolved.  Please pray that God will meet those needs soon.

I’m excited that Westwood will hold an Ordination Council for me this Sunday, October 15th.  I know that this will be a special time of evaluation and encouragement.  I look forward to being challenged as I take the next step toward being a pastor.  My ordination service will be held on Wednesday, October 18th at Westwood in our 6:30 pm evening service.

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Let the Little Children Come to Me ~ Jesus

"Then Jesus said, "Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this."" (Matthew 19:14, HCSB)

Both of our girls prayed to accept Jesus as their Savior today!!!  I am so thankful that our girls love God and want to have a relationship with Him.  They both understand that God loves them and wants them to spend eternity with Him.  They also understand that sin separates us from God and that we must ask Him for forgiveness.

This has been a long time in the making.  Each of the girls have both been saying that they asked Jesus into their heart.  We have wanted to be sure that they understand the concepts of sin, forgiveness, salvation, and heaven before they took the next step.  April asked both girls questions to be sure they understood what they were doing.  She prayed with each of them at our home.

It’s amazing that we make knowing Jesus Christ so difficult sometimes.  Jesus said we must have a childlike faith.  I’m thankful that our girls have entrusted their lives to the Lord.  I hope that you have done the same.  If you’d like to know more about how to have peace with God, follow this link.

 


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