Thursday, November 08, 2007

Passing the Tissues at Staff Meeting

This past Tuesday we had our bi-weekly staff meeting. At the beginning of our meeting we had our normal sharing time where we each share different aspects of our ministry here at Grace Church where we have seen God working. This was a very special time of sharing.

We shared how God is using one of our Girlfriends at Grace clubs in our Women’s Ministry to see people stair-stepped closer to a relationship with Jesus. One lady who has been part of one of these activities and whose name is one of the 3,000 target three names written on the wall of our auditorium was here last Sunday with her entire family. Hallelujah!

We shared about another couple in our church whose marriage was on the verge of collapsing as they separated months ago but who recently have gotten back together. Hallelujah!

We shared about one of the individuals who was baptized last Sunday night whose life has been radically changed because he has put his faith in Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!

We shared how over the past few weeks God has brought into our church a skeptic, an atheist and even a Muslim that we have had the opportunity to meet right where they are and to begin to move them to where to God wants them to be. Hallelujah!

I then shared an e-mail I received from a man within our church, who a little over a year ago, was far from God, living in serious sin and with no spiritual desire whatsoever. Through some obstacles that came into the life of him and his girlfriend who he was living with, he started coming to Grace Church and seeking out if God could make any difference in his life. He soon after trusted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Since then they have married; taken the Pastor’s Class; been baptized, joined our church and found a place to actively serve in our early childhood ministry. His story is an amazing story of transformation through Christ. This man sent me an e-mail that I received the morning of staff meeting in which he shared about the serious condition of his mother who is battling cancer. It was a very transparent e-mail as he shared how much his godly mother, who prayed for his salvation for years, means to him. As I read to the staff the following comments from his e-mail, each of us were moved to tears to think of God’s amazing grace in saving this man. Here is what he wrote:

“This really hurts Scott, but realizing how I would have felt without Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior is a very scary realization to me. I know where my mom is going and that no matter what happens it will be according to God's will. It truly is a wonderful feeling to be a child of God. My mother told me that she is so very grateful that I have found my Savior.”

As I finished reading this e-mail, we grabbed the tissue box and started it around the room. We all needed them. We were all moved deeply to realize that God is using our ministries to meet people where they are and move them to where He wants them to be. Hallelujah!

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