Friday, September 7, 2012

This Sunday marks the very first regular weekly worship service for New Creation Church.  Yeah, you read that right.  It all gets real this weekend.

The Lord has led my family and me on an amazing journey.  Nearly two years of prayer and preparation are going to culminate in one glorious moment on Sunday, Septemer 9, and I am an emotional wreck, but that's not a bad thing.  In fact, it is kind of nice.

It is nice to know that I don't have it all together and that I have to depend on the Lord.  It is nice to know that New Creation Church isn't built on me, but on Christ.  It is nice to know that God is faithful, and that He is exacty who He says He is and does exactly what He says He's going to do.  It is nice to know that my hope for the future of myself, my family, and New Creation Church reside in the accomplished work of Jesus Christ, and not in Obama or Romney.  It is nice to know that if New Creation Church serves the Lord for hundreds of years or shuts down tomorrow, God is still on the throne.  

Wow... do I feel better!  Sometimes, these blog posts are more about catharsis for me than sharing with others.  But don't worry, you've still got a pretty good chance of seeing me cry on Sunday.

Now, if I can just cope with Alex going to Kindergarten... I guess that's one more thing where I'll have to trust God and get out of the boat.

JU








Wednesday, August 29, 2012

10,000 Reasons

For weeks, I have had Matt Redman's song 10,000 Reasons stuck in my head.  Ordinarily, I would find that incredibly irritating, but this is one of those rare songs that compels me to worship the Lord every time, and I mean every time.  If you are a follower of Christ, I dare you to watch this video and not be moved.  If you are not a follower of Christ, and you choose to watch this video, I hope this gives you some insight into the Lord I serve and how I feel about Him.  



So, assuming you just watched that video, you might want to check out this devotional (10,000 reasons devotional) written by Redman.  Additionally, you might consider reading Psalm 103.

As morbid as it may be, I told Kathleen that I want this song played at my funeral.  The final line of the song says:

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

I can't help but be moved by this.   Forever with Jesus is one of my 10,000 reasons... what are some of yours?  Let me know what gets you "out of the boat."

JU