This post comes from Hannah’s Closet in Grangeville, Idaho.
Nancy and I came up to civilization for the morning so I could do emails and blog. Fortunately or unfortunately we don’t have internet access at our house in the valley.
Week one of our prayer/study/planning time in the wilderness has gotten off to a great start. It is good to wait on the Lord in the quiet of northwest. Thank you for your prayers that we will hear His voice and be refreshed.
I took great delight in accessing my email and Facebook accounts to see so many great pictures and comments from our capital campaign conclusion last Sunday. It was a great day in the history of a church that belongs to a great God!
I mentioned at the end of our time together on Sunday night how much Nancy and I love the folks of OGC. These last few days of reflection on the events of the weekend and this season of our church’s history caused me to make a list of eleven things I love about our church.
- We willingly take calculated risks by faith believing God takes delight in the same (Heb. 11:6).
- We respond well to God’s appointed leaders being easily led without acting like mindless automatons (Heb. 13:17).
- We show increasingly greater understanding about the absolute necessity of prayer in a faith venture given the fact that we can do nothing apart from Him (John 15:5).
- We show increasingly greater understanding about the absolute necessity of being a church on mission, building bridges into the community with the gospel (Matt. 5:16).
- We esteem the Word of God as inerrant and authoritative down to the very words standing out of respect when it is read (Neh. 8:5).
- We value hearing expository preaching of God’s word striving to be doers of the word and not hearers only (James 1:22).
- We seek to inflame the passion of our joy in God by taking seriously calls like consider your ways, listening to the Holy Spirit to do as He requires (Hag. 1:5 & 7).
- We engage in biblical fellowship eating and drinking before the Lord as we celebrate His goodness to us (1 Chron. 29:22).
- We give a standing ovation to God for His work in our lives that stirs us to give generously and sacrificially to His work (1 Chron. 29:9).
- We count a culture of peace a priority in our fellowship determining to navigate even potentially divisive things like a building program with fierce love for one another (Rom. 12:18).
- We cooperate together in making killer video welcome clips for our website (couldn’t think of a verse to go with this)!
Someone has said that loving Christ and not loving the church is like telling a friend that you love him, but you couldn’t care less abut his wife.
Not a chance of that from this pastor. Thanks, OGC. You make me want to be a better pastor