It has been a wonderful three years blogging at JustinsRefuge.com. I have shared some of my deepest thoughts, and God given ideas and vision. There were many times where I felt the need to retreat from ministry, and this blog provided that refuge. It is a bitter sweet time, where I turn the page from the past, and look to the future of what God is going to do in my life.
Spring break is here and it is 30 something degrees outside. I thought the whole idea of Spring break was to get a break from winter. Anyways, I will have to make the best of this week. In spite of the freezing temperatures I am fired up about what God is going to do North of Kansas City in the community of Smithville in the Spring and Summer of 2011. Things are about to get hot!!
I want to first start off by thanking everyone who has worked so hard over the past few months at North Lake to get us where we are at today. We couldn’t have done it without you. God brought together people from all walks of life, and created a force to be reckoned with.
What’s going on people! Man it has been crazy the last 8 weeks. I have been on the mission field of church planting North of Kansas City for the last 8 weeks, and God has been doing some awesome things. I just wanted to take a bit, and in an unorthodox fashion just pour out some of the things that are running through my head. These are in absolutely no order.
1. Church Planting is hard work!! If you are contemplating planting a church, you better check yourself. It may seem like the cool thing to do, but I promise you that if you are not CALLED you will fail, and fail miserably. Continue reading →
I got to thinking the other day about themes that really describe my life. Last year I would have to say “Stuck in Anticipation” was my theme, but this year I am praying it will be “I’m Lovin’ It.” Sure … Continue reading →
Today is the first day that I have even been able to sit down, and do a little bit of work on the ol’ PC since my transition to church planting. I don’t have an office set-up yet so I have been working at the local McD’s, but hopefully come the first of the week we will have a central hub/office for North Lake Church.
This has been a great change of pace. Over the past few months I have become so content in ministry. Nice office, nice church, nice group of people, and I found myself too comfortable with where I was at. It wasn’t until I started reading Steven Furtick’s book “Sun Stand Still”, that I started realizing that I was sick of settling for great when I can experience God’s best. I have stepped out in faith, and loving every miniute of it. The McDonalds saying “I’m loving It” doesn’t even decsribe the excitement, and adventue that I am experiencing right now.
The worst part about being on a spiritual high is knowing that there are some spiritual lows that are going to effect me just as powerful. It is important that as I begin this adventure that I am reminded that this is a whole new ball game. Not only am I on a different team, there are different rules, different opponents, different strategies, different rivals, but the same old adversary. It is like going from playing baseball to football.
The most important thing is that I am spiritually equiped for this (Ephesians 6). Time to strap up the helmet, put on the shoulder pads, and lace up the cleats. It’s Game Time!!
I wanted to take just a second during this hectic holiday season to wish all of my family, friends, and followers a Merry Christmas!! I also want to thank everyone who has supported my family in our transition to church planting. It has been really intimidating, but we are excited about what God has in store for our life and for North Lake Church.
Please be praying for my family as we adventure on one of the most hectic 12 day journeys of our lives.