Happy Monday family and friends! I hope that you all are doing well and enjoying God’s love! Had an awesome weekend, and I am excited to share.
Earlier this year the Lord spoke a word to me and the church from John 15. There was a call for us to bear more fruit in our lives and our church that glorifies the Father and in order for us to do that, we must be pruned and learn what it means to ABIDE in the Father. As I have been praying about how to move our church to a more fruitful place and to develop a healing and discipleship culture the Lord opened my eyes to a ministry called “Cleansing Stream”. This is a ministry that focuses on deliverance, healing, and wholeness through Christ. I realize that many of us deal with multiple layers of brokeness, shame, condemnation, and fear and we are in need of ministry that helps us discover and deal with those areas. So over the past 2 months, Cherelle and I have been meeting with 2 other couples as a pilot group for this ministry, listening to the teachings, and being impacted greatly. This past weekend we traveled to Charlotte, NC for the one day conference/seminar, and it was POWERFUL. We are excited to bring this ministry to DUCC in the upcoming months that people may continue to experience wholeness and healing in their lives.
Side-note: Road trips are always fun! I am grateful for the fun times we had driving down and hanging out in Charlotte. Special shout out to Chris & Terra Jones, and Jumar & DaNae Peterson for embracing this journey with us. I am excited to see what the Lord does in their lives and ministry at DUCC and in this city.
Chloe Update 2:
For all those who asked about her fall last week, I am happy to report that she is doing great, no injuries just a little toddler boo-boo. It is very apparent our little girls is growing up fast! My parents came to pick her up this past Thursday, and you know she didn’t cry when she left! I mean we are happy that she is ok going with Papa & GiGi, but I don’t Cherelle and I were ready for her to leave with such joy lol. She hugged & kissed us, said “buh-bye” & “wub uu” (love you) when she was leaving! In all seriousness though she has thouroughly enjoyed this time with both sets of grandparents over the last two weeks. We are excited for her return on Tuesday. Can’t wait to see our little “tooken wooken chooken” (gotta hear it to understand it)!
Participation is Better than Observation
Both services were awesome yesterday. We have been in some what of a mini series within Roadside Assistance out of the gospel according to Luke. We were in Luke 23 yesterday talking about Simon the Cyrenian who helped Jesus carry the Cross to Golgotha. Yesterday we were reminded how Jesus uses ordinary people to make extraordinary examples, and Simon the Cyrenian showed us what it means to deny yourself, take up the Cross, and follow Jesus. To be followers of Jesus we must be in the right Place, Participate in the will of God, and Produce other followers of Christ. We see each of these things in this man Simon, and it is my hope that is what is seen in us. To get what we are suppose to get out of Christianity we must recognize that “Participation is better than Observation”. Are you ready to participate in the will of God?
Lastly I close with this. Yesterday we had Baby Dedications in the second service. All together we dedicated 5 children to the Lord yesterday and it is one of the most enriching and exciting experiences as a pastor to pray a prayer of dedication over the children and their families. Just as Hannah presented Samuel to the Lord, and as Mary presented Jesus in the temple, we want our children to be dedicated to the Lord at an early age. We believe in the model that it takes a village to raise a child so we hope that the church will participate in the children understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus at an early age. I look at moments like this as spiritual warfare because I recognize we have an enemy that is seeking to steal kill and destroy, and I want our church to launch missionaries at an early age that will walk in integrity and divine authority to share the gospel of Christ in their schools, neighborhoods, and peer groups. So I continue to say congrats to the families that want to spiritually invest in their children, and the community of believers that want care for the generations that are to come.
I pray that you are encouraged by the love and passion of Christ this week and forevermore.