I had some of you ask about the chart we put up on the screen today. I took it from Paul Millers book, A Praying Life. I highly recommend it to you, it’s one of the best books on prayer I have read. The point he made, and I was making, was that we have two ways of viewing suffering. Either God is writing a story for us or He is not. Our lives will look like the following:
During an interview in the search process, someone asked me how I liked to preach. My response was that I feel most comfortable preaching through books of the Bible with the occasional topical, though expositional, series. Someone followed that response by asking if I would ever change my preaching in the middle of a series and do something else. I can’t quite remember what I said, but today the answer is yes! My plans were to be in 1Timothy until the first of the year. The loss of Doug Holt last Saturday has changed my preaching plans dramatically. We need to take some time as a church to process and reflect on what it means to grieve and hurt together. This is a worthy theme during this time in our church.
Dear MEBC Family*
“You have all the grace you need for now. You don’t have to worry about then. When then becomes now you’ll have all the grace you need.” (Paul David Tripp)
HT: Of First Importance
“The ten feet from the front pew to the pulpit are the most significant any preacher travels in a given week. It’s hard for an observer to fully appreciate the stange combination of agony and delight joining forces to make that walk possible.There’s no such thing as an average sermon. For any faithful expositor, the distance is paved with blood, sweat and tears. Those few sheets of paper resting in the back of our Bibles are everything. We step up every week hoping a little of our life-changing encounter with the Word of God gets through. This expectation fills our very soul.” (Byron Yawn, Well Driven Nails: The Power of Finding Your Own Voice)
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I thought our first Sunday at MEBC was incredible! The welcome Heather and I received went well beyond anything we expected. Thank you for embracing us the way you have thus far, it makes this transition far less taxing on Heather and I.
Day 2 at Metro East proved to be full of meetings, prayer, discussions, and dreams about this place. I am constantly reminded that I am surrounded by capable and qualified leaders who love this church and want the best for it.
- That Cross continues to adjust to moving. He is also not feeling great today.
- That Heather and I can enjoy this process of transition and not fret about things being inconsistent right now.
- That I can sleep at night, I have a hard time leaving work at work!
- That things with the house continue to move forward.
- That Christ would be our wealth and treasure.