Thursday, June 3, 2010

I will be with you...

It's been a while since I last wrote. A lot is coming together with the church. We've added some awesome new members to the team, and God is showing us his faithfulness daily. We are close to selecting a meeting location for the church and added a new staff member. Lately my prayer has been that God would show us his unfailing love and faithfulness in bringing his church together. This whole thing is about Jesus, and helping people discover that God loved them so much that he sent his one and only son into the world to redeem and rescue them. And while I don't completely understand how much love He has for me. I've been asking God to open my eyes so that I can see more of how He loves me and cares for me, and that out of the overflow I am able to share that love with others. I've been praying that God would show me more of who He is and that I would truly get to know him better- like a friend.

I've been reading in the bible in the book of Judges lately and have been amazed to see how much Gideon is like me. In Chapter 6 God asks Gideon to go and save the Israelites from the oppression they were facing and says to Gideon, "Go save Israel. Am I not sending you?" Gideon replies to God, "How can I save Israel?" God replies, "I will be with you." Then with just 300 men, Gideon with God's help takes down an entire army of thousands and saves Israel. I am completely amazed. How in the world did 300 men take down an entire army? In Matthew 19:26 Jesus says, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

With this church I know it's a task larger than Josh or I can handle on our own strength. I also know that God sent us to start a new church in Annapolis. He is reminding me that despite my fears, worries and questions He is with us. And, with Him all things are possible. This church is relying on Jesus for everything. He is reminding us daily that He IS faithful and He IS loving- and with Him all things are possible!