May 26, 2009

Innovate Conference

Wow, it was so good to be able to go to the Innovate Conference last week, I was just so blessed to be there! The music, the speakers, the messages, and I also got to take a class at the same time, an intensive, which helps me to know more about being a church planter, so the week was just great! I was so humbled the first night, God just grabbed my heart and humbled me to remind me that it truly is all about Him, and that I should maybe just sit my ideas aside for awhile and just go back to the basics, that is winning souls to Him. He refocused my thinking, encouraged my thinking, and helped me to be extremely thankful for the church planting team, (my family of Ginny, Andy, and Ashley) that He has blessed me with. By the end of the week I was ready to charge ahead and it was all because of God! I am so glad when He is so clear! And He even provided me a room to stay up there in Lynchburg all week to keep me from having to run back and forth from Roanoke, so God indeed was so good! I look forward to what He is going to do, for He already is doing so much even before I get the chance to put my feet into motion! Thank you Jesus for such a good week!

May 16, 2009

Learning through Tough Times

I must admit it's been a little tough this week. With a PTA meeting scheduled this past Tuesday which is the normal night for our Bible study, this change cause some people not to be able to come so I found just "me" sitting in the library when Bible Study was to start. And tonight's movie night had just 8 people there. This is when we have probably averaged 30 for the past few months, with Fireproof bringing in over 50 people. So I don't know what God is teaching me, but if it's faithfulness I want to pass the test. God is good, all the time; all the time, God is good! I enjoyed the movie and I guess those folks who usually come just missed a blessing, but God has called us, so we push on. Who knows, just like the sky is opening up and pouring rain right now, God may just open up doors and pour His blessings in ways we never imagined, and maybe that might be soon. So again, we push on and press forward to see what God is going to do.

May 12, 2009

Possibilities Abound With God!

Yesterday I met with someone who is considering helping Life Pointe Church by being our sponsor. Wow, how exciting is that? Not only to have some financial support but just to have someone who believes in what we are doing and wants to help us accomplish the task that Jesus has given us to do. I must admit, months ago, I thought a lot of people might come alongside us to help, but so far, no one has. But for such a time as this, God has all things in control and will give us the help we need just at the right time, just when He deems it necessary. God is good and I think the "partnership" we will develop with this church and it's pastor will be a good one. So Praise the Lord, we are pushing along each day and seeing how God is at work in our mission.

May 2, 2009

God Continues to Bless and Open Doors!

Please forgive the following post for being a couple of weeks late, but I have been trying to put it on the Blog page for several weeks and just couldn't get it to post right, until tonight, so while it is a little "outdated" since it talks about Easter Weekend, it still nevertheless deserves a "posting" since God has been doing some great things in both our lives and in the life of Life Pointe Church. So, even though it's a bit late, here finally is the post I have been wanting to put on our Blogpage.

Wow, it's been so long since I have posted but it's certainly not because God isn't working! As a matter of fact God seems to be growing Life Pointe in just the way He wants! Ginny continues to be a blessing to a family from Nepal that she spends a lot of time with, helping with shopping, helping to locate jobs for some of them, and just in general showing the love of God to them. Just last weekend, we took them to see the Passion Play at Shenandoah Baptist Church, the special Easter play they present each year. God give me the idea to just "show" them what Christ has done for them, and I thought what better way to show them, than to literally show them with the Passion Play. They seemed to enjoy it and even had some questions about it later, so that was very good. To be able to witness to a family from a Hindu background just shows how God is giving us an opportunity to witness for His glory. And to make it so they could "see" how Christ died on a cross to pay for their sins and mine was just so good since it was so vivid. God is just so good in His timing! What better time of the year to show people whose religion doesn't really believe in a resurrection than Easter time? And just yesterday I was able to share the love of God with a family that seemed to be going through some tough times but also seeking to put God more into their lives, and I think just by showing the kindness that I did, God received glory and got even more of their attention so I was very blessed to be a part of God's plan to draw a family closer to Himself. God just confirmed every thing He told me to do by giving the person I shared with a receptive heart and an open heart to see how God is working. The person even expressed an interest in maybe coming to Life Pointe Church in the future, so again God is growing His church in just the way He wants to grow it and I couldn't be happier! So no, we may not have a 100 on Easter morning, but we are slowly reaching out to those families that God brings into our lives and I'm thankful that God uses us to touch one life at a time! Jesus often did the same thing when He was here on earth, so we are copying the Master's way of reaching out and blessing those we come in contact with, so we must be doing exactly what we are suppose to be doing! Praise the Lord, it's going to be a great Easter weekend with not only some good family and food time but good reminders that God is alive and well and working through us all the time! Praise His Name!