A New Chapter Begins

It was with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I announced on Sunday my resignation as Associate Pastor at Rock Harbor Church.  It has been my distinct pleasure to serve along side the wonderful people of Rock Harbor as we worked together to make a difference in the community of Sherwood and beyond.  My family and I are grateful for the opportunity we have had to be a part of this wonderful community. 

In recent months the financial, and personal needs of our family have grown and have driven us to seek the Lord in how these would be met.  The way in which He has chosen to meet these ever growing needs can only be described as a God thing!

It has been through a great deal of prayer and listening to God that we have come to this place.  It has not been an easy decision, yet one in which He has clearly led.  We are saddened to say goodbye to our Rock Harbor community, yet at the same time excited about joining God in what He is doing in and through the community of Foothills Community Church in Molalla, Oregon.

Beginning on October 11 I will be taking a bold new step in my life.  It is on this day that I will be following God’s lead in stepping out of the student ministry world as I begin my new role as Associate Pastor at Foothills Community Church.  It is with eager anticipation that I move forward in my mission “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12).

To my family at Rock Harbor, know that you are loved and will always hold a special place in the hearts of my family.  It has been an absolute joy and privilege to join with you in moving God’s Kingdom forward.  To the students of Rock Harbor Student Ministries, my life remains open to you.  Never hesitate to contact me.  I am but a text message, Facebook message, email or phone call away.  You are loved.  Remain in community with one another and stay close to your leaders.  They are fully committed to loving and caring for you.  They are the best!

To our new family at Foothills, we are filled with anticipation as we look forward to joining you in your mission to reach the thousands of unchurched people in your geographic area with the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ and to equip them to experience His presence and demonstrate His power.  We look forward to doing life with you and experiencing the kind of community that comes from together seeking the heart of God.

The ride continues.  Bring it on!

Church = Family

The Church is family.  For a family to operate within it's intended design and purpose, family members must be committed to sacrificially serving one another.  So it is with the Church.

Mark Driscoll nails it on this one...

He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice." Luke 8:21

Just Do It

Nike got it right. Don't just talk about. Don't just dream about it. Just do it!

Jesus also has it right. "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24.

James certainly nailed it. "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22

Why do we get it so goofed up? Why do we tend to dismiss the words of Christ, by merely discussing them, debating them, and even memorizing them? Instead let's just do them!

I appreciate Francis Chan's admonition.

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6

HT to Adam McLane for the video.