last night Melissa and I joined the Velocity plant team at Taylor Farm Park to walk and pray. This is my first experience with walking and praying. I have been on prayer walks before and in those instances, we walked to a particular place and prayed for a particular thing at that location. In the case last night we just walked and prayed. As we walked I was meditating on the cards that were given to me that contained that named of people who were requesting prayer from our church and I was also meditating on the words of Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 which says to, “pray continually.” I had read that scripture many times before but it took on new light last night. I told the wife that we should establish a routine of going on a walk and praying. Not only will this be of benefit to our physical health but will benefit our spiritual health as well.
It has been over a year since I did a video of any kind and in my absence Apple has redesigned the IMovie software and I was completely lost. Along with trying to acclimate myself to my new surrounding and new ministry, I am going to have to teach myself the new IMovie software and maybe learn some other programs as well. Here is the video that I did yesterday that we are using this Sunday when Paul preaches at New Life Christian Church
1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: 2 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:
” ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.
My devotional reading from this morning begins with these words from chapter 1 of the book of Ezra. Ezra declares that God had given him a vision and calling. In church planting the vision and the call to go and build something for God is often given to the lead church planter. Having spent time with Paul the lead planter of Velocity, it clear that in the same way that Ezra received his call to build something, Paul received a similar call.
Ezra goes on the cast the vision for this new work to others and notice how they respond.
Anyone of his people among you—may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem. 4 And the people of any place where survivors may now be living are to provide him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’ ” 5 Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.
God moved in the heart of his people and they caught the vision! I pray that God will continue to move in the hearts of people in Douglas and Paulding County and that they would see the vision of Velocity and would move boldly as the people of Ezra’s time did.
Today is my first official day on the job at Velocity Church. I had a hard time sleeping last night because of the excitement that I had for getting started as well as all trying to come up with a solution to all my computer glitches that I am experiencing from getting a new computer. The church purchased me a Macbook Pro which is very sweet but is taking longer that I would like to get up and running. Hopefully by the end of the day today I should be up and fully running.
On Wednesday Morning the movers arrived at our apartment in Covington to begin moving out things into a truck for their trip to Georgia. In less than 3 hours these 3 beast men had all of our stuff out! Needless to say I was very impressed as they had to carry everything down two flights of stairs.
After the movers left, the house was very empty and bare. I began the chore of cleaning the house now that everything was out. With the unpleasant reality of spending a night sleeping on the floor before me, I attempted to treat myself to a night of “guy movie time” by going to see “Iron Man” at the dollar theater. The flick was pretty good and definitely one that the wife would not want to partake with me.
After seeing the movie, I returned to the empty apartment for a night of indoor camping on the floor. After drugging myself up due to the excessive cat hair that I was now subject to in the house, I wandered off to sleep sometime before midnight.
I was awoken the next morning first by the cell phone alarm, next by the man from Duke Energy knocking on the door. After corralling the cats into their carriers and finishing my remaining cleaning and packing, the three of hit the road for our seven hour drive to our new home. We arrived around 6 pm and I got to enjoy a decent night’s sleep in a real bed.
It is rather weird to be sitting here in my new office, at my new job, in a new home town. I feel a profound sense of the blessing of God on my life for how he has brought me to this place. With that in mind, I am reminded of the words of Paul when he wrote in Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
May God be glorified as I begin this new part of my journey.