What I have Learned in my First Six Months

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Nearly six months ago now, the Lord called me to my first Senior Pastorate. At 29 years of age I already had some experience preaching, but certainly not on a weekly basis, let alone multiple times a week. This has proven to be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding aspects of this new season in ministry. Through trial and error I have landed on a system of preparation and delivery that I believe suits me best. Even still, the most important lesson I have learned in this transition is, sermon prep and delivery are not items to be checked off the task list of weekly duties.

This concept has been one I have dwelt on for some time now, but just last week it was confirmed when the pastor of our church’s Hispanic ministry shared the same thought. He said, “Pastor, preaching is risky business. You are dealing with eternity.” What a perspective to have, and what wisdom from a man who has been in ministry for over 50 years! As I have considered the incredible importance of preaching, I did a little research on the matter, and I have been enthralled with what I have been reading. In a July 9, 2015 article written by Dr. Nathan Busenitz (Professor of Historical Theology at The Masters Seminary), Dr. Busenitz gives 10 reminders to those who preach the Gospel of Jesus. I do not wish to repeat everything Busenitz says, but I do want to extrapolate briefly on a few of the points he makes and why I believe they are so important, particularly to young preachers such as me (click here for Busenitz’s full article).

First, quoting the Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon, Busenitz explains that effective ministry is centered on the powerful preaching of the Word of God, not gimmicks and fads. “This [the preaching of the gospel] is the great battering ram that shall dash down the bulwarks of iniquity.” Something that can be attractive to young preachers (including me) is the latest “Church Growth Model.” Fads come and go, but what stays true is the message of hope and redemption that is the Gospel. Certainly, as culture changes, there are other approaches that can be used by preachers to effect great success for the Kingdom, so long as these methods are Christo-centric and Gospel focused. However, I believe when the Lord speaks through the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 55:11 saying, “My word shall not return void…” He means strong Biblical preaching will not return void and should be the “go to” method of every preacher who is blessed to fill a pulpit.

Next, Busenitz addresses the severity of preaching saying, “It [preaching] is a far more serious task than preachers realize.” Quoting the 17th-century Puritan preacher Richard Baxter, he goes on to say what I have already inadequately attempted, “…I am ashamed of every sermon I preach; when I think what I have been speaking of, and who sent me, and that men’s salvation or damnation is so much concerned in it, I am ready to tremble lest God should judge me as a slighter of His truths and the souls of men, and lest in the best sermon I should be guilty of their blood.” Preaching is not an opportunity to entertain (click here for a good article concerning this discussion) the masses. Rather, it is a time to hear from God and be challenged in your Christian walk.

E.M. Bounds continues this thought, “Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to project God’s cause in this world.” The point being made is that powerful preaching is the result of powerful prayer. I once heard a pastor of a large church say he spends 20 hours in prayer over every sermon he preaches. This dovetails seamlessly into what Busenitz says regarding a preacher’s personal discipline. Quoting A.W. Pink he says, “The great work of the pulpit is to press the authoritative claims of the Creator and Judge of all the earth—to show how short we have come of meeting God’s just requirements, to announce His imperative demand of repentance. . . It requires a “workman” and not a lazy man—a student and not a slothful one—who studies to “show himself approved unto God…” Prayer and discipline are vital to studying God’s word, as the preacher earnestly prays for the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Scripture in accordance with John 14:26. Not only in study, but prayer and discipline are also vital in delivery. It can be very tempting, as the preacher begins to understand the people in his church, to guide his sermon into the direction that will get the most “amens” from the crowd; in this case prayer and discipline are important for humility. People should not be coming to hear from a man; rather they should be coming to hear from God through His mouth-piece. This brings me to my last point…

Dutch Reformed pastor R.B. Kuiper, says, “He [the preacher] is not at all important, but his office is extremely important. Therefore he should take his work most seriously without taking himself seriously. He should preach the Word in season and out of season in forgetfulness of self. He should ever have an eye single to the glory of Christ, whom he preaches, and count himself out.” What a reality check! As a man I am nothing special, but as God’s man I am vitally important. Not because of who I am, but because of Who has called me into service. Every time I open the Holy writ, it is not about my ability to entertain, it is not about my grasp of the English language, it is not even about my presence in the pulpit. No, it is all about leading my congregation in worship through the preaching of the Word of God. In short, it is all about Him.

I hope that in sharing these thoughts, perhaps another young preacher such as I, might also be challenged in the same way I have been. Perhaps even a seasoned preacher who needs a shot in the arm might benefit from this. I do not know much, but I do know this: God has called certain men to powerfully preach the Good News of salvation through grace alone, by faith alone, in Christ alone. That being said, I leave you with this, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14.

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O Give Thanks to the Lord!!!

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Where has the summer gone? My goodness, it has been an eventful season! I want to take a few seconds and offer some encouragement today: Last night, after our mid-week service, I got home in time to put my oldest to bed. He asked me to lie next to him until he fell asleep, to which I obliged (twisted my arm is what he did). As I lie on the floor propped up by a 5ft. giant teddy bear next to his toddler bed, I began to think. My youngest was stirring in his crib just at my feet (they share a room), and my oldest was wanting me to tell him a story. I told him I did not want to wake his brother, and to just hold my hand until he fell asleep. He laid back, grasped my index finger, and snuggled his blanket. Soon after he quietly whispered, “I love you daddy.” As you can only imagine, his words caused my 6’3” 275lb frame to tears. I stayed until both he and his brother were breathing heavy with sleep, all the while thanking the Lord that I was allowed to be there daddy.

I share this sentimental and personal story for this reason, only hours before I was going over things for our Sunday morning worship service, in which we will read Psalm 107:1-9. Here the Psalmist begins by saying “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.” As C.H. Spurgeon says in his commentary on this passage, “[thanks] is all we can give him, and the least we can give him…” It seems to me, in conservative evangelical America, lately there is less of a focus on thanksgiving to God, and more a declaration of his judgment; a call to arms. I even read a post by a pastor who used a passage out of context, to call his congregation to war.

Hear what I am saying friend, it is too easy to become a jaded and embittered Christian in America today. When we look at the lack or ethical or moral integrity within our country (planned parenthood harvesting intact fetal specimens, same sex marriages, giving of 150 Billion dollars to Iran when America is well over 18 Trillion dollars, and the list goes on), it is easy to forget the blessings the Lord has given us as His children. Understand this; America is not His chosen people. Let me say that again, America is not His chosen people. This does not mean that America will not answer to God according to Psalm 22:27-28. I believe America will be judged for not being humble before the Lord, but I also believe the church in America has much to be thankful for. Instead of constantly being so surprised by the sin of our country, the church needs to remember all that we have to be thankful for.

I say these things not as a chastisement, but as an encouragement. As an individual who has been fascinated with politics for some time, I have found myself being this jaded and embittered Christian. Where is God glorified in that? How can thanksgiving be given to Him when we are not demonstrating a thankful sprit. The intensity of Psalm 107:1 is indicated by the use of the expression, “O.” The Psalmist is making an emphatic statement of God’s goodness, and His worthiness of thanksgiving. Allow me to encourage you to be thankful today. Sin is sin; it always has been and always will be. Do not be surprised when you see it, and do not let it steal your joy. I believe when Christians become jaded and embittered the enemy has succeeded in causing a diversion. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Beloved, do not let yourself fall prey to this attack.

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A Holy Reminder

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Amid the craziness of last week’s SCOTUS decision and the heart break that accompanied it, conservative evangelicals reacted strongly. Dare I say, even panicked? This is not to say this panic is miss placed, but what ensued was a firestorm of righteous concern, and in some cases dogmatic judgment. As much as I love my country, there is no doubt I myself am greatly concerned with what this decision means for the future of conservatives like me.

After hearing the ruling on Friday the leadership of the church I have the honor of pastoring, jumped into high gear as we prepared for Sunday’s service. At one point over the weekend I received 34 emails in a 20 minute period!!! Then Sunday morning came around, all my study and prep was done, I had prayed God’s blessing over the service, and then I get word a critical part of the service was forgotten. We were supposed to partake of the Lord’s Supper Sunday, and somehow communication broke down. I realized this could easily be a distraction from what the Lord wanted to do so I gave it to the Lord, and continued getting ready for the service. As I walked into the foyer before service, I was greeted by one of my members weeping. Her 11 year old granddaughter had just been hit by a truck while leaving a swim meet. I hugged this sweet lady and prayed with her right there in the foyer. My Associate Pastor (who is a God send!) went with her to meet her family at the hospital.

At this point I am beginning to understand there is an attack under way. As a result of the SCOTUS decision, my leadership team (elders) agreed on an amendment to our by-laws. This was done to establish our beliefs in the Biblical definition of marriage as one man and one woman, and will serve as notice that we will not waiver from this truth. It became clear to me, the enemy was going to try and do what he could to stop this, or distract us from our purpose. During our time of prayer I shared my warning to the church of the impending attack; then we prayed diligently for our country and our church. The service proceeded smoothly and the Gospel of Jesus was proclaimed unashamedly.

Monday rolls around, and I am looking at my weekly calendar. I was scheduled for a lunch with a good friend, and then was planning on heading down to the medical center in Houston to visit the young girl who had been hit the day before (her whole family are members of our church). My lunch served as a great encouragement as I listened to my dear friend talk about what the Lord was doing through him, and how he was being used to further the Gospel. We even had the chance to pray for our server, Tristan.

Leaving lunch I checked emails, and noticed an urgent message. A gentleman whom I have never met, and has never visited our church had called and left a message for the pastor to call him back. I returned the call while I was driving south on I-45 into the heart of Houston. I listened to this man sob as he told me he had betrayed the trust of his wife, and his life was in shambles. I asked him point blank, if he know where he would go today if he died. His response was, “I think Heaven.” I asked him if he wanted to make sure of it, and he responded yes. I asked him a few questions and explained the truths of the Gospel, then led him in a prayer where he professed Christ as Lord, and confessed his sins.

I set up a meeting with this man, whom I have yet to meet, for this week, and hung up the phone. As I did, I was overwhelmed with emotion. I was reminded, what we see around us is par for the course. We know Jesus said the day will come… It has started. Who knows how long before Christ will return for His Bride, but what I do know is this; King Jesus is still reining on His heavenly throne, He still saves the lost, and He still wins in the end. This served as a great reminder on two fronts: He is sovereign and in control, none of this comes as a surprise to him, and my job is to lead others to him. I am saddened, heartbroken, and disgusted by my countries decision, but ultimately it is not my job to play judge and jury. Christ will do that perfectly! It is my job to be usable, and ensure as many people know about King Jesus as I can possibly tell. What a holy reminder. Father, use me!

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Jenner, the Rebel Flag, and the Church

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I understand this piece has the potential to upset some of my dear friends who may disagree with my convictions. My intent is not to be incendiary, rather it is to take a clear stand for what Scripture teaches:

For the last several weeks my heart has been heavy and burdened. I am greatly concerned with the current tone, temperament, and direction of America’s social trends. These social trends (if that can even be an accurate way of putting it) do not just stop with personal opinion, in fact in recent days these trends have found their way into government, and even the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). My concern revolves around one word; tolerance. As the Senior Pastor of a very conservative Southern Baptist Church, I have very conservative convictions that are supported scripturally. Myself, and the congregation I am privileged to lead do not merely have opinions, we have deeply rooted religious convictions that stem from our fundamental authority, the Bible. I want to be clear, I am not ringing the bell for raging fundamentalism, but I am taking a stand for Biblical principles and my right to voice them as I may.

Recently, the great Olympian Bruce Jenner made headlines by taking the cover of Vanity Fair posing as a woman. He has been praised for his courage to embrace his desire to be a woman. Undergoing surgery to physically alter his appearance so he will look feminine, as well as taking female hormones. This story has captured the media for a long time, and when the religious right makes a statement about this sin, we are chastised for being intolerant, and bigoted. Never mind we are coming from an authority that has been divinely inspired and lasted over 2000 years. Yet, we are told we must accept Bruce Jenner as he is (I refuse to refer to him as his new alias and desired gender), and to keep our thoughts to ourselves. Of course the irony is, being told conservative evangelicalism must be tolerant demonstrates intolerance at its finest!

More recently, the Confederate Flag has made headlines in the wake of the terrible tragedy in South Carolina. Race baiting and fear mongering are running amuck, and what is being endangered is the right of a free society to express individual thoughts, opinions, and convictions because it might offend someone. Now understand this, I believe the Confederate Flag when flown in certain contexts, can be highly offensive and disrespectful. Being associated with American slavery, which was an abomination if you ask me, I can certainly see how our black friends would be upset by the history of this flag. However, more than slavery, this flag represents liberty. In the face of Federal limits the south raised up not to protect slavery, but to protect their right to choose whether slavery should be allowed or not. Again, there seems to be an irony here; the Civil War was fought over states rights, and now this flag being removed is yet another example of states’ rights; to fly it or not! Because the flag represents a tarnished period in this great country’s history we are being told we must remove it altogether. We must be tolerant of others feelings. This has become so extreme that national brands, such as Wal-Mart, Ebay, Amazon, et al, are removing the Confederate Flag from production and sale.

Where does the church come in to this debate? The answer; around every turn. The LBGT community tells us we have to be tolerant of one’s sexual preference, and wishes. Yet, no one is tolerant of the Biblical convictions that call this kind of conduct sin, or even the God that says it is an abomination. As far as the Rebel Flag is concerned, it being flown is offensive to generations of blacks who have a lineage of slavery. I can certainly understand, sympathize, and even weep over this horrendous history. But removing the flag does not change history, and it opens the doors to other freedoms being removed. The flag is offensive, well so is the message of sin in the Bible. That’s right; the Bible is offensive; calling sin what it is offends the one who is committing that very action. It has already been removed from schools, but what’s next? Will stores remove the Bible from their shelves because it offends people? Will the cross be ordered off the top of steeples across the country? Will the church be forced to be silent? Everyone in the liberal media is calling for tolerance, but they do not actually want tolerance; they want totalitarianism. They want anyone who opposes their view to be silenced, and put away. So what is the church to do? Paul warns in 2 Timothy 4:3, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires (NASB). The church needs to take a hard stand and not be waivered in the tide of tolerance. Paul says in Ephesians to speak the truth in love, this means in the process of taking a stand for the truth of God’s Word we must do so with love. We will be called bigots, homophobes, racists, intolerant, and any other despicable thing. Yet, if we conduct ourselves as Christ would, we will see homosexuality healed, racism righted, and Biblical principles preserved. If we take our hard stand on these issues with force, anger, and aggression we will lose, and make a mockery of Jesus name.

Church, the time is now; boldly take your stand to protect truth of the Gospel. Do not kowtow to those who try to silence God’s Word. While we have a duty to be loving as we address sin, we cannot become tolerant of it. If a stand is not taken in this hour, the church will cease to be the church in America. The danger is real; while opponents are crying “Injustice” our liberties are at stake. Stand for the Gospel!

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Biblical Literacy and the Church

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I recently was listening to a radio talk show that I frequent. The host is brilliant, and has very strong opinions (like every talk show host I suppose). I generally agree with his political, moral, and religious stances; generally. On this particular occasion I found myself cringing at the Biblical illiteracy being spoken by both the host, and some of the callers. This caused me to think deeply about the state of Biblical literacy in the local church. For the purpose of this piece I want to share the statements made, provide the needed corrections, and then further address this growing epidemic.

To begin, the subject of the day was Texas legislatures deciding whether or not to legalize marijuana. Before I continue know this, I am not endorsing any such law that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The host of the show was in favor of such a law, and as you guessed it, a caller found to be in opposition soon called in. This particular caller coined himself as a ‘God-constitutionalist,’ a term I have never heard. He said America’s laws need to reflect the law of God (the irony is that the law of God was written to point out how no one can keep the law, that is why we need a savior, Christ Jesus, but I digress). At this point in the conversation the host made the correlation of marijuana to alcohol, and it took only a few short seconds to understand the caller to be a teetotaler, and one who (by his own admission) would not resist reinstatement of prohibition. The caller used his conviction on alcohol to argue his stance on marijuana, but it seems as if his argument on alcohol was flawed. He recognized Jesus turning the water into wine in John 2, and he even mentioned the Greek work for wine has multiple meanings, such as fermented drink and juice (see Eph 5:18, 1 Tim 3:3,8, Titus 1:7,2:3 for use in alcoholic context). Sadly, the caller made the cardinal sin in Bible interpretation; he took the passage out of context. Reading John 2:10 we see the custom of the time was to serve the good wine first until everyone has drunk freely. The word freely here is the Greek word methuo, and it means to be drunk WITH WINE. In John 2:10 we see the observation being made by the headwaiter (see v.9) who goes on to say, but you have saved the good wine until now. So, while the Greek word for wine (oinos) does have multiple meanings, contextually is does seem to indicate an alcoholic beverage. It would appear, the caller had only done his inductive work half-way.

Now, this does not mean in our Christian liberty we are to over indulge (see cited verses, we can also look to Paul’s writings on the weaker brother argument found in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8. In fact, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:12, “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.” One must ask themselves, is having the liberty to drink helpful? Again, I digress.

The next caller seemed to make it his mission to chastise the teetotalism of the previous caller. Now I must say, being a conservative libertarian in my own right, I can respect where this caller was coming from, but he was sorely mistaken when he was talking about the nature of Jesus. This caller went so far as to call Jesus a libertarian. This is simply not so. A libertarian is one, who is focused on his /her individual liberties protected by law, and ensuring nothing and no one infringe upon such liberties. As we look at Jesus, He is not concerned about his liberties; in fact Jesus sacrificed his liberties, even passing on the foundational liberty, LIFE. Jesus says his will is to do the will of his Father (John 4:34, 6:38, et al). Clearly, Jesus was not concerned about protecting his liberties, or ensuring yours; he was focused on bringing glory to his Father in heaven.

To the focus of this piece, has the church come so far to rely on proof texting, and faulty reasoning to prove its stances? How has this been allowed to happen by church leadership? Is there any way to stop the growing snowball of Biblical illiteracy? I believe this problem is the result of a culture that wants to have its cake and eat it too; coupled with a church that does not want to offend someone by letting them know they are wrong. Too often the church adapts the “sweet baby Jesus” idea, and never lets him grow into the man who flogged the money changers and flipped tables for the desecration of his Father’s house. Unfortunately, due to the low level of Biblical literacy in the Christian church I believe we are guilty of desecrating the House of God as well. Please hear the point, and not focus on the minutia; I am not saying the church does not read the Bible, I am saying the church does not do as good a job as they should at teaching the Bible. There is a difference between knowing and understanding, and some people devote their entire life to the study of God’s Word in an attempt to understand it enough to teach it effectively.

To the lay church member reading this, I applaud you for reading, memorizing, and knowing the Bible, but allow me to challenge you to a deeper level of understanding. Find some inductive study tools like a literal translation of the Bible (I use NASB for its accuracy), a good concordance (Strong’s is always a good choice), a thorough Bible Dictionary (Vines is great), but also find yourself a basic commentary (there are great men of God who can teach you how to study and interpret God’s Word), and a good Bible Atlas (an atlas can help you understand the historical, geographical, and cultural context of a setting). In short, do more than simply reading the Bible; dissect it, savor it, chew the meat of the Word!

To the church leaders reading this, thank you for your service to the Kingdom! Allow me to challenge you as you prepare lessons and sermons; spend enough time in study and prayer. Some of us have the natural ability to stand in front of a group and deliver a great message having only spent 30 minutes in preparation. But in light of 2 Timothy 2:15 do right by your people by thoroughly studying the material; even more do right by the Lord by handling His Word with accuracy and in depth study. Steward your time so you can be most effective in the role God has placed you in. Next, pray fervently for the material you will be teaching, and those who will be being taught. This is an aspect that I have been convicted of in my own study and prep time. I have found, the more time I spend in prayer over the material, and for my congregation, the richer my time of study has become. Be sure not to neglect this vital aspect of leadership.

If the laity of the church along with the leadership of the church buckle down and discipline themselves, I believe the rapidly growing snowball of Biblical illiteracy will begin to melt. When this happens we will see the Gospel of Jesus work in ways we cannot fathom. For HIS Kingdom!

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Reach Houston

My dad was police officer for the city of Houston in the 80’s and 90’s. During his time on the force he wore a number of hats, some more serious than others, but his most prominent area of patrol is known as Houston’s 4th Ward. 4th Ward is rich in history to both whites and blacks, but was an area of racial segregation within the city of Houston. Because blacks were not allowed in to reside within certain areas of the city, freed slaves purchased cheap land along Buffalo Bayou and established what came to be known as Freedman’s Town. During the years my dad patrolled the 4th Ward, drugs and gang violence ran rampant. Project row-housing, commonly called “Shotgun Houses,” were the typical dwelling place for the residence of the community. Many of these were dilapidated, burned out, and were havens for drug use and prostitution, among other crimes and distasteful activities.  According to my dad, 4th Ward was the most dangerous and violent area of Houston.

Today, 4th Ward has had a facelift. In some cases, the row-housing has been replaced with luxury condos. In others, the row-housing has been replaced with affordable housing (which as I understand it was orchestrated by the Houston Housing Authority). Sadly, there is still a problem with crime, drug use, and violence; albeit has been on the decline due the work of many area pastors. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending much of the day touring the 4th Ward with one of these pastors, Elmo Johnson. Rev. Johnson pastors Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church, and has been there for over 30 years!

During our time together we discussed a variety of issues going on today, including the issues in Ferguson and Baltimore. We even had the exciting privilege to share Jesus with a gentleman who had been eves-dropping on our conversation. After we ate lunch, at my request, Rev. Johnson drove me around his community. He showed me schools that had been converted into African-American museums, he drove me by some of the oldest churches in the city, and he walked me across the street from his church and showed me the graves of the Allen brothers, who founded the city of Houston in 1836.

At the end of our time together he asked if I would be interested in teaming with his church to do a VBS this summer. It was everything I could do to keep my heart in my chest as it beat with excitement. Jesus says in Matthew 8:11, “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven…” This means people from all corners of the world, with all colors of skin, will be present at the table. To be part of this kind of Kingdom work excites me, humbles me, and puts me in awe of the greatness of God.

This also comes as the SBTC (Southern Baptists of Texas) kick off a new initiative called “Reach Houston.” I believe effective evangelism in the city of Houston is crucial because of the impact Houston has on the nation. I believe, if the low income neighborhoods and ghettos in Houston can be reached for Jesus we will see the sex slaves freed, drug dealers put out of business, and gang members transformed. The power of the Gospel is real, and the clarion call for evangelism and missions cannot be ignored. I for one am excited to see what the Lord is going to do in my city, and how he will use me to reach my neighbors. I pray other pastors will become as zealous for the lost of Houston, and together we can “Reach Houston.”

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Standing where the pulpit would have been, in the remains of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

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In Recent Months…

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My blog has been quiet ever since my last entry. There are several reasons for that, most of them revolve around the precious commodity of time. Joking aside, the last few months have been the busiest of my life, and I have two sons under the age of 3! I have wanted to spend as much time as I can understanding my new my role at my new church, in my new position. I have made a valiant effort to learn the names of as many of the people as I can, and I have done what I can to be available for them in all circumstances. I have been in and out of numerous medical centers around Houston, I have met with new and potential members, and I have tried to find my rhythm as I preach on a weekly basis; all this on top of finishing my last semester of my undergraduate Bible degree, and moving. During this time I have learned an incredible amount, and been encouraged beyond comprehension. Of the things I have learned, the most important is the reminder that His mercies are new every morning, staying humble, and learning from every experience I am thrust into.

As my previous post said, my first goal was to ensure my people know my love for them, and my desire to lead them. I can say, not only has this proven to be an exciting task, it has shown to be fruitful and well worth the investment. The result is that this last Saturday, sitting among my fellow graduates, my church choir sang at my graduation service. The amount of joy I experienced cannot be put into words, and I can honestly say that never has something that special been done for me. To say there has been a fire lit underneath me would be an understatement.

I believe the Lord has orchestrated the last few months perfectly (regardless of the background noise), from the handling of every detail with my departure from my previous church, to the beginning at my new church, to the selling of our old home, and the purchasing of our new home! God has had His hand on this move from the start. I am excited to see what the Lord will do in the days and weeks to come, and I am more energized than ever to make a big impact for the glory of the Kingdom. I think what makes this season so exciting, is knowing I have a church family who is hungry to see what the Lord has for us at North Oaks Baptist Church.

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