What a great start to 2013! Kelsey and I have been blessed time after time already in this new year, and we can't wait for the future. Alot of this excitement is due to our little fireball we call Carlee. Christmas morning she started crawling around and has not stopped since!!
With the close of January also came to the end of another couple of great books that I've read.
Fusion by Nelson Searcy-God blesses each church with visitors. How do we treat that blessing? It's a complex and complicated question, but if churches don't take time to discuss this crucial ministry, we could very well be mistreating these blessings. Searcy says, 'The Kingdom only grows by one person at a time. So focus on the one, and the one will turn into many.' Great words. Thanks to Brandon Martin, pastor of Starting Grounds Church, for the use of this great book.
In the Name of Jesus by Henri J.M. Nouwen-I am really starting to enjoy the books written by Nouwen. They are all pretty short and concise books, but the contemplations that are presented are astounding. Its the kind of book that you will read again, and even though the entire book might take a few hours to read, you will only read a chapter at a time and just think about what you've read. This book is pointed at 'Christian Leaders', so mainly pastors, but I believe it's a book for Christians. A great passage from this book, 'Christian leaders cannot simply be persons who have well informed opinions about the burning issues of our time. Their leadership must be rooted in the permanent, intimate relationship with the incarnate Word, Jesus, and thus finding their source for their words, advice and guidance.'
For the month of February, I'll be reading one book-Multiply by Francis Chan. A birthday gift from my brother, Aaron.
Please keep my family in your prayers this week and this month as we plant The Rescue Church. Our prayer is that our hands will always be open to the work of the Lord.