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Obedience, peace and risk

October 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

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The true follower of Christ will not ask, “If I embrace this truth, what will it cost me?” Rather he will say, “This is truth. God help me to walk in it, let come what may!”   A. W. Tozer

Over the last 7 years many people have asked me why I write on this blog. My answer is always the same: Many times when God did something in the bible, people set up an altar as a reminder of God’s faithfulness. They were Monuments to mark the thin places in life where heaven meets earth. That is what my blog is. It is a digital rehearsal of the faithfulness of God in my life. May this post serve as an altar and reminder of the great things God has done:

God took me on an amazing journey last year when he asked our family to leave the church we were in for 6 years to take a position as Worship Pastor at another church in the same town. I have been the worship pastor of EFC Newport for the last year and have seen God do such amazing things.

Today the church will be announcing my resignation from my position. God spoke to myself and a few friends to step out in faith in this decision. Our family will not be attending another church at this time, but instead will be stepping into the dimly lit path set before us. We are very excited about the risks we are taking in being obedient to God’s call. We have such a “wild peace” with this decision. Sometimes obedience makes no sense. Sometimes it costs greatly, but I think the risk and cost is greater when not doing what God says. Right now we are walking in that thin place and waiting on the leading of the Lord.

Kelly and I are going to really miss this church and the wonderful people in it. I have been honored to serve as one of the pastors in the church and be able to teach and lead worship. We feel privileged to have made so many friends and to be able to watch God change peoples lives. Our kids have been mentored by fantastic teachers in the children’s ministry and we are very thankful for them.

This isn’t easy on us, but God was clear. This isn’t safe, but there is peace. There is nothing more excitingly dangerous than knowing you are directly in the center of God’s will.

Our family is praying that God will unleash His anointing on EFC and that the church will always be a place where the lost can encounter the living God.

 

Mancation: day 1

August 11, 2008 — 2 Comments

Mancation begins Sunday morning.  I didn’t have to wake up and get myself ready to lead worship at church. I didn’t have to get my gear together or…well I didn’t have to do anything.

I got to have Dunkin Donuts with my family. YUM! and then play with the boys. I had some loose ends to clear up before I left on this Infamous trip. Let me interject real quick here. I want everybody to know how this mancation even came to be.

It was my wife’s idea. She told me to “get out”. Well it wasn’t really that way. She told me to get out and take some time to have a break from life. Let me go on the record and just say how amazing my wife is. I know I’m driving her nuts and she is still thinking about my sanity. I love my wife Kelly more than anything. Interestingly enough there was an amazing thing that happened yesterday. Kelly made a comment on my blog. INSANE! She gets better and better.

Ok back to mancation; so I’m tying up the loose ends. One of the loose ends is my jungle of a lawn. It needed to be mowed something fierce. So I started mowing. I was making great strides and then took a break. Bad mistake. When I came back to it and pulled the rip cord. SNAP! the chord broke in half. Are you freakin kidding me. UGH!

I was going to try another church that morning, but I had to fix lawn equipment. I tried fixing the chord and I gues I am not good at lawn equipt. repair.

Well my wife and kids really wanted to play in the yard and the jungle was hampering that. I pulled out the weed wacker and got started on a tedious venture of trying to cut the lawn with it. It was working. Then I took a break. Sputter sputter. That’s the sound of the weedwacker not starting again. ARG!

After that I gave up and packed. I got ready to go and said goodbye to my wife and kids. My 7 year old Tristan wrote me a really nice note and told me he was gonna miss me. I left with him crying. I didn’t like that. I love that little boy. I hope the 3 of my guys have a great time with mommy.

I jumped in the car with Rich (husband to Lori) and Matt.

Now we are off. Heading to the free Phil Wickham show. The place had a pretty good crowd. Phil as usual was brilliant. Why could I not have pipes like him. He had some interesting chord fingerings. And played everysong with his guitar tuned down a whole step. It was amazing and he played all his best stuff. True love of course being the standout to me.

Ok then off to the hotel. Residence inn. Nice suite with 3 beds. Perfect. We brought our laptops of course. NO WIRELESS! What the heck. Only in the lobby. (I’m sitting in the lobby with Matt – rich went to bed)

We are going to attempt to play golf tomorrow and go the the fondue joint “the melting pot” for dinner. The forecast is for rain. I’m hoping it doesn’t It’s kind of dangerous to have metal gold clubs in a thunder storm, but honestly there is nothing more manly than defying nature.

Here ends day one. Cya guys tomorrow.

And tell my wife how amazing she is and how much you wish your wife was as cool as mine.