This blog was started to show the work of Christ as we started a church in Hawaii. It has become the walk of Grace that the Lord Jesus Christ is teaching me in my intimacy with Him! I pray that the freedom that Christ is giving me is transferred to you as you read.
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I would like to formerly thank and introduce Tanya and Eric Landess to our team. Tanya is going to help me get the word out here in Ohio. I am still trying to convince her and then Eric to move to Hawaii with us, but don't tell them yet. Tanya is going to help me fundraise and also be a communication piece. She has set up an email for anyone to contact the church plant. It is firstname.lastname@example.org. If any of you have questions concerning the church or are praying about supporting this work, this will be the best way of getting ahold of us. Also, if you want to be communicated with about prayer requests, this will be the email we use on our prayer list. Tanya and I will be checking the email and will respond. So an answer to my personal prayer has been answered. Someone that is very organized and very connected with the world has joined our team and is coming alongside of us and sending us off well. Thanks Tanya and Eric. Oh, you may ask how Eric is part of the team. Well, Tanya sees her marriage as being led by Eric and has Eric's full support, Eric is part of this team also. They also have decided to support our work financially also. I am thankful or both of them and God connecting us so long ago through Judgment House. Welcome, Eric and Tanya Landess to our team! Maybe God will bring them to Hawaii one day too!
It has been almost 2 years since Michelle and I left the Hawaiian life; coming back to the mainland. There are days that we miss the islands but not the pain being there brought, although that pain had a glorious and great purpose by our Father in Heaven. I had become a very cocky pastor before we left for Hawaii. I used my questioning as a tool to tear down other pastors and ministries in my mind, instead of trying to learn from them. I had gotten so cocky that at one point, I felt the need to remove myself from certain gatherings because of my arrogance. God crushed that in Hawaii, along with other attitudes and the lack of making God my only pursuit.
Since that time, it has been the foundation to what God has allowed me to teach. Pursuing Jesus and allowing His life to be lived through us as our primary calling. He saved us, not to have us do a bunch of good things for Him, but to live His life through us. In many conversations I have with other Christians, I hear come out…
In my life with Jesus, there are times where I am asked to make decisions that I don't understand fully. Times of great turmoil in my heart take place while I wrestle over what is the Lord's will; wondering if my flesh is getting in the way or that Satan is placing desiring around me that tickles my flesh to accept what might be good but not what Jesus is leading us too. Two years ago, I felt the anguish of making a decision, with a magnitude of affects on my family, as we decided to come back to Ohio instead of heading to Memphis in waiting on the Lord. Years before that, I struggled with leading my family to become disciple makers through church planting in Hawaii ... leaving our beloved church and an extraordinary ministry. I have fought myself in these kinds of decisions, knowing my family would be at a crossroad, which could coarse shift us for God's glory or fleshly sinfulness. I have lost sleep over what bills to pay, how to go about confronting someone over t…
Over the past few months, I have witnessed a constant struggle in my life. Unfortunately, my struggle has been uncovered at the expense of my arrogance toward someone else's struggle (don't you hate when God won't let you think that your better than some one else). As I have mulled over conversations and interactions with others ... it often reveals that I am living from the same source of lies and half-truth statements (also lies) that have plagued my christian walk for these 20+ years. What are those lies and half-truth statements, you might ask? Well, its actually a singular lie! It is one that all of us as Christ's Kingdom citizens and God's adopted children (by the way this is one and the same) live and struggle in. That we are anything less than His and what He says about us.
Identity is important to all of us. It is out of identity that we find our hopes and fears. It is out of identity that we find peace and turmoil. Our identity leads us to sin …