Thursday, January 31, 2008

Great Meeting at The Hope Center

Tonight Beth and I had a chance to share the vision God has given me for a local chuch with the members of The Hope Center. The people seemed to receive us well. We felt so loved. I can't wait for my family at Sumner Life to connect with these great people.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Big Meeting Tonight

Tonight is my introduction meeting with the members of Hope Center Fellowship. I am so excited about this! I will miss being with my Sumner Life family, but I know they will have a great night with Kim Driver teaching. When I think about tonight's meeting, I am not really nervous. I am confident in God's vision He has shared with me, and to share that with a new group of people is quite an honor. There is genuine excitement and enthusiasm right now. This is such a special time.

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Merge

It has been an exciting few weeks as the leadership team and I have been working on a merger with The Hope Center Fellowship in Hendersonville. The Hope Center Fellowship is a wonderful church that has been without a pastor for 14 months. In this proposed merge, I would be the lead pastor of the combined congregations. We would establish a new name for the merged churches to present a fresh face to the community. There are many reasons to merge, but here are some things that come to the forefront of my mind:
1. It demonstrates unity to the community. People are tired of churches splitting. It would be great to see two churches come together.
2. This move would allow both churches to be in a stronger position to reach the dream God has given them to be a church of influence.
3. This makes the churches stronger financially.
4. It enlarges the family.
With any merger there are challenges, but I desire for the people of both of these congregations to enjoy the miracle of this new opportunity. There are some rare times in life that life we are part of moments that are bigger than life and unforgettable. I hope people recognize this moment as such an opportunity. I pray that the song recorded in Psalm 126 can echo the experience of this new beginning:

1 When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion,
we were like men who dreamed.
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
3 The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Welcome to 2008. We need a new year, but God doesn’t. Every year we look at a new calendar, and let the new year define our life, and create time boundaries. It’s so good to know that God isn’t limited by certain years; He is always doing a new and fresh work – daily.

Speaking of Jerusalem, Zephaniah described God within that city as:

The LORD within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail. – Zephaniah 3:5 (NIV)