Fog Bridge

If I had to reduce the past few weeks to one thought, it would be this:  God is faithful. As basic as that is, we forget it way more than we should (or at least I do!).  Yes, the Scriptures tell the story of God’s faithfulness over and over and over.  Consider just a few verses:

  • Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, (Deuteronomy 7:9)
  • O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you? (Psalm 89:8)
  • God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9)

But when life is hard or uncertain, we can loose sight of God’s faithfulness in the fog of our own doubts.  Bills pile up, deadlines go unmet, relationships produce more pain that joy and the stresses of daily life seem like more than we can handle.  The fog thickens.  We wonder where God is.  We wonder if we’re fools for believing.

And then the rays of God’s faithfulness start to burn off the fog.  Hope emerges.  We see hints of life, of movement, of purpose.  We see tangible reminders that God is with us and has been moving this whole time.  By God’s grace, we’re in one of those seasons as a church.  In just the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen God:

  • Establish a Community Group on GW’s campus.
  • Open a door for us to send a team to Nicaragua this summer.
  • Lead us to offer a summer internship for college students.
  • Deepen our understanding of generosity.

Friends, God is moving.  He’s demonstrating His power and His passion for His own glory.  He’s the faithful One.  He’s the One who gets all of the glory and all of the credit.  We’re the ones who get to celebrate and thank Him.

I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. (Psalm 72:21)

This psalm reflects where we need to line up as a church and as individuals.  Whether the fog of doubt is rolling in or burning off, God is faithful.  So, take some time to thank God for the faithfulness you are seeing in your life.  Or take time to thank Him for the faithfulness you know is there under the fog.  Either way, He’s still faithful.

Best Sunday Yet!

Apartment Life

It’s hard to compare but I think yesterday was probably my favorite Sunday so far at Restoration City.  If you had been with me when I talked to our guest from Apartment Life, I think you would agree with me.  He was ecstatic at the end of the day!

He was totally blown away by the number of you that came up to talk with him at the end of the gathering.  He met a guy who works in the apartment industry and collected well over a dozen names of people interested in Apartment Life.  I really wasn’t fishing for a compliment when I asked, “oh, is that good?”.  He told me he considers it a win if he gets one or two names.  So, he was one happy apartment dweller on his way home!

Guys, that’s what we’re about.  We want to be a church willing to leverage all of our lives for the mission of God.  Nothing makes me happier than thinking of our community learning how to intentionally live on mission in whatever community we live in.  This is the work of restoration – moving into whatever sphere of influence God gives us and shining the light of Jesus.  If we’re known for anything in this city, this needs to be it – we will sacrifice, pray, move and pour ourselves out for the sake of the lost and the glory of Jesus.  Let that be the word on the street about us!

I love that all of this coincided with a Sunday when we’re talking about generosity.  I was filled with so much hope that we really are becoming a generous church – not just with our money but with our whole lives!  Praise God!

By the way, if you still want to learn more about Apartment Life, check out their website.  But for today, I just wanted you to know I’ve never been more excited about where God is leading us as a church or more honored to be your pastor.  I love you guys and I love where God is leading us!!