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God is sovereign, I am not.

November 3, 2008

I have been continually amazed at what’s been going on in the past few weeks.  Though I’m not yet even moved to Toledo to begin our preliminary church planting prep work, God is already moving in very obvious ways.  And He’s constantly reminding me of His faithfulness and plan.

For example, Ashley and I have been growing close to a few friends who have also felt a call to plant something fresh in Toledo.  And despite our varied backgrounds and stories, there is a prevalent common thread interwoven throughout all of our lives- the desire to glorify God and teach others about God-centered theology rather than the moralistic deism that seems so pervasive in the churches we’ve encountered. We have a hunger for God’s word in our own lives, and a thirst for the Holy Spirit to rain down on us.  Sounds kinda crazy, I know, but it’s refreshing to meet like-minded men and women with similar desires for the Church.

What’s more, it’s as though there’s no real rhyme or reason to it, yet everything is interconnected.  Ash and I enjoyed a tremendously encouraging lunch yesterday with some brand new friends- an area pastor and his wife who, like us, have experienced some really tough times in the church that have led them to raise questions and really dig deep to allow God to refine them for His work.

Suffice it to say that though the past year has been the hardest year of my life, I feel that He’s beginning to show me some of the reasons He allowed me to endure the suffering and hardship.  And as we make the transition back to Toledo, Ashley and I are both very excited to be part of God’s plan for what’s next.

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