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Today is especially important because of two special people:

The first is my wife.

Today is her birthday (Happy Birthday, babe!). Kel is the most amazing, caring, giving, kind, loving, godly, beautiful, sexy woman I’ve ever met. I am so blessed to have been married to her for almost 25 years. Words could never adequately capture her essence. If you know her, you know what I mean. If you don’t, you’re missing out. Kel has a way of making everyone around her feel loved, special, and appreciated. She is so giving, open, and honest. I could never do what I do, nor would I be who I am, without Kel.

I love you, babe!

The second is the oldest blonde boy.

Today (about 10 minutes ago, in fact) he became a Marine. He finished the Crucible and conquered the Reaper. Right now he is receiving his Eagle, Globe, and Anchor Emblem and entering into an incredible brotherhood men and women committed to serving our country and protecting our freedoms and way of life. A little under 2 years ago, Connor told me that God was calling him to a life of serving Him by serving his country. Proud does not begin to describe my feelings for this young man. He is one of the finest human beings I know. He is also one of my best friends. I am incredibly proud, honored, and humbled to be his father.

I love you, Con. Semper Fi!

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In a scene reminiscent of Paul and Barnabas and the church at Antioch, the pastors and then the Board of Deacons of New Covenant Community Church gathered around me to lay hands on me to pray for and commission me to a new work.

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” Acts 13:1-3

While I look with anticipation to the start of my new ministry and becoming a part of a new church family, I am saddened by the fact that I am leaving my existing church family. It is a truly bittersweet time.

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Throughout the process with both the Search Committee and the Elder Board of Community Christian Fellowship of Siloam Springs, AR, I kept reminding them that, while I was honored and humbled to be a part of the process, I realized that I probably didn’t possess the pedigree or the experience of some of the other candidates. I shared with them that I would completely understand if they wanted to pass on me.

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For years, people have shared with me that I should be a Senior Pastor. I have always been appreciative of their sentiments, but looked at them as an expression of their appreciation of my teaching ministry rather than the voice of God. I would thank these dear, kind people, and typically say something like, “When God tells me that’s what I’m supposed to do, then that’s what I’ll do.”

Then, men who have known me in ministry – godly men who know me and whom I respect – began to say the same thing. They encouraged me to consider being a Lead/Senior Pastor or a church planter. Continue Reading…