Last week, Cherelle and I had the opportunity to travel to Nashville, Tennessee to visit our church network main office. We also had our first out of town experience without Chloe. This was much like an orientation and extended hand of hospitality. We had the opportunity to meet with the executive director, and many others that work for Every Nation Churches. While in NashVegas (Nashville, Tn), Cherelle and I had a great opportunity to go on a date and visit downtown Nashville. It was refreshing to share quality time with one another and reflet on the many great things the Lord has done and is doing in our lives and ministry. Each of my visits with Every Nation churches, and meetings have been extremely encouraging & recharging. While sharing my story of ministry with them, there was great affirmation and encouragement. I think I am still digesting what I have witnessed over the past 9 years of ministry.
9 years later…
It is amazing to think that 9 years ago the Lord arrested my heart, and set a fire in me that can’t contain for ministry, and pastoral ministry at that. While I was attending a college ministry conference, Impact 2004 , I had an encounter with the Lord that I can never forget. While I do not remember hearing clear distinct steps from the Lord about my call to ministry, I do remember weeping in the presence of God and realizing that there was a lot ahead of me. Upon returning to my college campus, the Lord led me on what seems to be a never ending fast. During the first few weeks of that fast (January 2005), the Lord birthed a ministry, DuRaG (Divine Unity Righteously Applying God) that has morphed into more than I ever thought in December 2004. There have been many lives transformed, and lifelong relationships established. To look up now and see Divine Unity Community Church, numerous lives impacted by the gospel and making an impact for the gospel in Harrisonburg, Va, it completely humbles me! I am convinced that the Lord brings big things from small beginnings. Which leads me to my next point… MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Pastor AJ brought forth an awesome Word. Manger Danger was the topic of yesterday’s sermon. Pastor AJ started off with a rather startling but yet comical trend or people stealing baby Jesus from Nativity Scenes from churches and people’s yards. Manger Danger is when we allow things to rob the true meaning of Christmas from us. There was a challenge issued yesterday for us to recapture the meaning of Christmas, and it sparked a level of gratitude and appreciation for the gift of Christ to all humanity. For believers this season is a prime opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with many who never come to church. Also reminding ourselves the purpose of this season is God’s ultimate act of love relieves our stress to buy gifts, and appear to look like everything is ok. It allows us to be completely surrendered to His will and grateful for His love. Encourage someone over the next few days to recharge the meaning of Christmas in their lives, and for this generation!