Happy Monday family and friends. I hope each of you are doing well as we embrace this fall weather. This weekend was another busy but great weekend, and full of awesome experiences. I had the opportunity to preach 5 times in the span of 48hrs! So I am looking forward to sharing this week’s Monday Moments with you.
I camped outside for the VERY FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE this weekend! It was a great experience.
For quite a few years Grace Covenant Harrisonburg has hosted a Men’s Camping retreat entitled “Vision Quest” to build men up in the body of Christ. This year I was honored to be the guest speaker for the weekend. Which means I had the opportunity to preach Friday night, and twice on Saturday. The focus of this weekend was a topic near dear to my heart: CASH- Character Authenticity Substance and Humility. It was humbling to see CASH on the shirts for the weekend. This topic is a heart cry for integrity in every arena of our lives as men. In this time of preaching we camped out in Matthew 16:13-27. In order for us to be the men that God created us to be Our Confession distinguished, Vision clear, and our Living in order. I believe that The Lord did some major work in all of us this past weekend on the retreat. As I was sharing with the men, I felt The Lord still completing some things in my heart. I am a firm believer that the message one delivers should challenge the messenger as well. Special thanks to Pastor Merle Shank and the Grace Covenant men for welcoming and giving me an opportunity to share my heart!
I also want to say a special thank you to the many men that have modeled CASH and has helped me become the man that I am and that I am going to be. Uncle Merle, Art Dean, DS Riddick, Ps. Brett Fuller, Carl Stauffer, Anthony Hill, Reginald Johnson (My father), and many more! I am grateful for men in my life!
DUCC is growing:
We had an awesome day at DUCC this past Sunday as well. As we entered into our 2nd week of two services I am continually humbled by the opportunity The Lord has given me to lead a healthy and growing church. I don’t take it for granted not one moment as a pastor. I believe that The Lord has DUCC in a unique season of healing and commissioning. There are many heart wounds that people are dealing with and the words that The Lord has been giving continues to point to confession, healing, and commissioning. We believe lives impacted by the gospel, make an impact for the gospel.
There is room at the table
The sermon this week was from Luke 14:15-27 where Jesus tells the parable of man who had a supper and everyone on his original invitation list rejected the invitation to come and eat with him. This parable has some deep theological and practical meaning! 1) This is a picture of Israel rejecting God’s invitation and plan of salvation throughout the bible and how we have the opportunity to partake in the promises of God through Jesus Christ. 2) This is also a picture of God’s continual love and care for the broken.
Often times we make lame excuses that keep us from receiving what God has set out for us in this life. We are often times preoccupied or simply disinterested in the things of God. Sunday’s message was a plea for us to lay down our excuses and accept God’s invitation to sup with Him presently and eternally.
The other aspect of this parable shows us how God’s love accepts us just the way we are. It is hard for me to fathom or conceptualize just how much our Lord and Savior loves us. Each time I preach I believe it sinks deeper within me, and it is my hope and prayer that DUCC will continue to learn the love of the Father and share that with as many people as possible.
“The heart of Christianity is this:You receive something that you can never buy nor earn, and your objective in life is to give that same thing to as many people as possible.”