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Reflecting Back…

Five years ago today I packed up my wife (Michelle) and two kids (Nollie 2 years & Ella 2 months) and all that we could take with us. I had no idea what was going to take place over the next five years, but I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was being called to take a step of faith.

Here was my first office as a pastor - now I have a desk!

Here was my first office as a pastor – now I have a desk!

I wish with all my heart that I would have had a five year ministry plan and could assure my wife that I would be able to pay the bills, she would be able to supernaturally learn the language and that there would be a Starbucks in Salzburg one day, but no I knew nothing. I had no clue how to go about planting a church and I still don’t; I was struggling to be a good husband and father (still am) and I was supposed to plant a church?

Here is what i do know…

God is faithful to carry those who step out in faith… “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

– I am called to faithfully teach God’s Word and abide in God’s Word… “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

God answers pray… “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15)

– It is all about Jesus!! “And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:17)

Looking back and seeing His faithfulness, spurs me on to continue on even stronger!

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Spurgeon

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, etc.”
Matthew 6:9

This prayer begins where all true prayer must commence, with the spirit of adoption, “Our Father.” There is no acceptable prayer until we can say, “I will arise, and go unto my Father.” This child-like spirit soon perceives the grandeur of the Father “in heaven,” and ascends to devout adoration, “Hallowed be thy name.” The child lisping, “Abba, Father,” grows into the cherub crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” There is but a step from rapturous worship to the glowing missionary spirit, which is a sure outgrowth of filial love and reverent adoration-“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Next follows the heartfelt expression of dependence upon God-“Give us this day our daily bread.” Being further illuminated by the Spirit, he discovers that he is not only dependent, but sinful, hence he entreats for mercy, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors:” and being pardoned, having the righteousness of Christ imputed, and knowing his acceptance with God, he humbly supplicates for holy perseverance, “Lead us not into temptation.” The man who is really forgiven, is anxious not to offend again; the possession of justification leads to an anxious desire for sanctification. “Forgive us our debts,” that is justification; “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” that is sanctification in its negative and positive forms. As the result of all this, there follows a triumphant ascription of praise, “Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.” We rejoice that our King reigns in providence and shall reign in grace, from the river even to the ends of the earth, and of his dominion there shall be no end. Thus from a sense of adoption, up to fellowship with our reigning Lord, this short model of prayer conducts the soul. Lord, teach us thus to pray.

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
Aside

God———————–the greatest Giver
so loved—————–the greatest motive
the world—————-the greatest need
that He gave———–the greatest act
His only Son———–the greatest gift
that whosoever——-the greatest invitation
believes in Him——-the greatest opportunity
should not perish—–the greatest deliverance
but have eternal life–the greatest joy

John 3:16

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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