I can't believe I have not written since March. I am a slacker. This has just been a great day. It began with sleeping in next to my wife who just returned from San Francisco. The kids all decided to crawl in bed with us this morning and "wake" us up. It was a calm and peaceful morning around the house. The kids opened up the gifts that mom brought them from her trip and the day started off well.
It only got better. As I went to my office to spend time with God, He immediately began to rock my world. The devotionals and the scripture reading were very timely. One of the devotions was about prayer. God spoke to me yesterday through the sermon at Towers that my prayer life is inadequate. God reminded me of that as well this morning in my quiet time. One of the quotes that stuck out to me is, "A child of God never prays to be conscious that God answers prayer, he is so restfully certain that God always does answer prayer." I am reminded to continually rest in God and trust in Him. He hears me and He always answers according to His perfect will.
A question I asked myself this morning after reading was, "Is my heart far from God when I actually think it is close?" I sometimes think my relationship with the Heavenly Father is better than it really is. This made me think about my sin and that the impact of sin hinders all relationships. I know this, but man was it a big slap in the face reminder this morning.
I spent the next several minutes on my knees with God. I could really feel His presence this morning.
After lunch I took off to Steveston. Steveston is a place I have a huge burden for. Steveston is a place that needs the Gospel. For the past several months I, along with many others, have been praying for and serving this great community. I have built some great relationships mostly with business owners and am really seeing the favour of God.
I plopped down in a chair at Rocanini coffee today and began to just brainstorm on how to gather a group to talk about spirituality. Everyone around here is spiritual. Most do not care for Jesus or believe in Him, but they believe in the importance and benefit of spirituality. As I thought and thought about how to gather a group to become a discussion group, I got stuck. After just a few moments of thinking, I opened up the book I have been reading by Jeff Christopherson called Kingdom Matrix. Pages 67-71 of that book were exactly what I was trying to figure out. Almost word for word and almost the identical situation, Jeff, began to elaborate on gathering a group for the purpose of discussing spirituality. Thank you God for using this book to clarify and reaffirm a lot that I had been already thinking, but did not necessarily know how to begin.
I moved across the street and began talking to my Punjab friend Harvey. Harvey owns a local pizzeria and I go by a lot to say hi and grab a slice of Pizza. It is the best in Steveston (my opinion). He began to openly share about his life in Delhi, India and he began to talk about his Sikh religion. We talked about the shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin. We talked about evil. We talked about pizza. He actually invited me to the back of his shop to share a home made cup of chai tea. God is opening up many avenues to share the Gospel with Harvey. However, the past few times I have began to share, something happens. His phone rings or a customer comes in to order pizza or he abruptly changes the subject. However, I believe God is at work in the pizza joint. We are trying to arrange a time for him and his wife to go out for Indian food with me and Jessica.
As I continued to walk the streets and pray, I bumped into my friend, Huong, on my way to the donut shop. After some maple mini donuts and fresh pink lemonade, I decided to visit my friend Lydia. Lydia came to a block party this summer and also to the joint service we had with Hope Church on July 29. Lydia ate her lunch and just began to chat with me. She works on Sunday morning and finds it hard to find a service that fits into her schedule. I shared with her my vision for a church plant in Steveston. She shared that she would be very interested in being a part of something new. She said she has been a believer in Jesus since she was 9. She said she had a group of believing and non believing friends that would probably be interested in exploring a "new church" in Steveston. She gave me her email address and I emailed her already to continue the conversation. Stop by and see her at Steve's Board shop in Steveston Village.
This takes me back to the beginning of the blog. I must keep praying. I must keep trusting. Jesus is the head of the church and He has already started the church. He will continue this in Steveston if we trust Him. Will you pray with me for these people and this community? I plan to move forward pretty quickly and only see great things happening. God is at work and He has invited us to join in with Him.
I pray that the idea of discussing spirituality will work and lead to deeper conversations. I pray that this type of group can begin over at Adelaide Court. This is an apartment complex near Towers Church that we want to serve and also see a group begin as well.
Please pray with us and for us.