Saturday, March 29, 2008

God's not in the buying and selling business, He's in the blessing and giving business

When we said yes and went to the place God sent us to He literally started giving us things; buildings, a vacant lot, and key people who are taking on leadership roles.

8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. 9 And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

We recently celebrated two years of ministry in the inner-city of Troy, NY. Three years ago God had given me a big vision. He then gave me the place to apply the vision. The vision He gave is continuing to take shape in the lives of people who live in Troy's inner-city.

Like Abraham,
  1. By faith we obeyed and went to the place God called us
  2. By faith we continue to live in this place called Troy, NY, along with our children and the growing congregation that calls the CORE Church of Troy their local community of Christian faith.
  3. We are confidently looking forward to another city whose builder and maker is God.

So we continue to press on, making Christ known in the heart of the city. We are continuing to experience the greatness of God as He showers us with His blessings and provision. We are convinced that God has called us to a greater purpose than we can understand with our finite human minds. When we let go of our own understanding and trust that God has a bigger and better plan than we can ever imagine or figure out then His blessings just flow. He gives us exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask for or imagine, according to His power that works in us (Eph.3:20).