Keep Trusting Even When You Can’t See

Keep Trusting Even When You Can’t See

If you’re anything like me you love it when progress is being made. There’s nothing better then checking things off of your to-do list and having a sense of accomplishment. You simply watch your tasks disappear! Even typing about that feeling right now is making me feel calm!

However, is growing as a follower of Christ always measurable? As much as I want to say “unfortunately” no I’m learning more and more that the better answer to that question is “fortunately” no.

Our family is in the middle of some big transitions. You can see our latest announcement here and as you can guess it, working multiple jobs, while planning to move to a new city, can take quite a toll. Don’t get me wrong…I’m LOVING where God has our family headed, but I’m also being challenged in my faith in terms of what “progress” really means.

While traveling lately to visit some close friends I noticed something while on the plane. In the middle of this storm, this happened…

We Have An Announcement

We Have An Announcement

We are very excited to announce something with all of you! Please watch the video here on this post!

To say the least, this has been a long season. Joelle and I have been seeking out The Lord and His plans for us after sensing something was stirring within us that was different. We couldn’t quite put our finger on it so we just decided to take a long season of praying and reading the Bible, believing the Holy Spirit will speak clearly to us to reveal what was going on.

Not only did God reveal answers, but such specific answers to both of us when we didn’t even talk about it. After all of this time we decided that this could only be God clearly giving us direction and that’s how we landed at the decision to move to Austin to help plant and build Austin Life Church.

I’ll be joining the staff as one of the pastors at Austin Life and our family will be teaming up with Apartment Life at an apartment community in the central Austin area soon to help minister to and love our neighbors, learn more about the city, and invite people into a relationship with Christ and into the Church.

It’s been an exciting and terrifying season all at the same time which we believe is exactly where God wants us. He wants us completely dependent on Him and honestly, that is just normal behavior for the follower of Jesus. While this is a transition, it’s no different than any other day of following Jesus where His power is made perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Would you please consider doing 2 things for us?

Would You Consider Praying For Us?

Please pray for wisdom, pray for guidance, pray that all the funds are raised for Austin Life Church, pray for us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus through all of this and to not be distracted on the cares of this world or the unknowns ahead for us. We’ve never been in this position before and while we are excited for what’s ahead, we know prayer is the work and we need Jesus every step of the way.

Would You Consider Financially Supporting Austin Life Church?

We would love to talk to you more on what this looks like, and share the mission and strategy of ALC. Most importantly, we would just love to share what God is already doing in Austin. People are already showing up in community, people are expressing interest to follow Jesus, to get baptized, to join the Church, to start serving, etc. It’s amazing with everything that’s happening and things are just now barely getting started! You can actually view more information on this and even give online at AustinLifeChurch.com.

We know for a fact God is doing amazing things in Austin and we are honored that we get to play a role in His mission going forward to lead people to life in Jesus. This is our next step.

The Echo Prayer App

The Echo Prayer App

We’ve shared about apps before and I just want to remind everyone that this is not a paid sponsorship or anything, but rather every now and then an awesome resource like this comes along and I’d regret not sharing this with you.

The Echo Prayer app is by far the best app I’ve come across so far that really can help you pray, remind you to pray, share your prayers with others, walk you through a prayer time with timers, etc. I know there are some other tools out there, but this is excellent and it’s 100% free, you’ve got to try it out.

These are just a few things you can do with this app:

Are We Really Praying For Each Other?

Are We Really Praying For Each Other?

We start the week wrought with prayer needs.

  • Our friends on the Texas gulf coast
  • The friend or family member diagnosed with cancer
  • The wayward loved one
  • You name it

And yet, our nature may want to focus on self.

  • Getting through another Monday at work
  • Obtaining The new thing or situation we want
  • Receiving The attention or recognition we seek
  • You name it

A focus on self limits prayer.

It’s the driving force behind our anxiety, our angst and our anger.

It’s a distraction to keep us off balance with God’s purpose, disengaged with God’s people, and out of step with God’s will.

If our attention on self increases while our relating to God decreases, we fall straight into the hole of ineffectiveness for God and what He has for us to do.

This is not to downplay suffering and situations arising in our lives that cause us to pray continually about our circumstances. There is nothing wrong with praying for our own situations.

But do we pray enough for others? We say we will. Social media overflows with promises and declarations of prayer. But does it really happen and if so, what does that look like?

Do we spend 10 minutes? 1 minute? Or do we type it and forget it as the next prayer request comes along? Or does the keyboard playing cat video completely push the promise to pray from memory?

Intentionality is our friend when it comes to praying for others. What can this look like?

A Deeper Look at Faith, Hope, & Love

A Deeper Look at Faith Hope Love

Not too long ago I was studying the first chapter out of 1 Thessalonians. If you haven’t read it recently, take the time to read the 10 verses that are there. They are super powerful and have a lot of content built into just those 10 verses. The Gospel is all over the place, the truth is clear, and it’s a great encouragement for the church.

There was a verse out of there that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind and I think it gives much more depth to the typical “Faith, Hope, and Love” we normally think of. Sometimes we see those words written on wood, placed on a wall. Sometimes we see those words in the form of a tattoo. Sometimes we even use those words with others, but do we really know what they mean and why they are so important?

“We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (CSB)

Paul was encouraging the church, thanking God for them, hearing of how they are speaking the Word and not much else to others, and how they have become an example to everyone around them.

As Christians, we are called to live the same way. We are to know the Word of God and speak that and not much else to others. We are called to be an example to everyone around us because people are watching. We are called to do all of this because of what Jesus has done for us (1 John 4:19).

So as you remember who you are in Christ, do you walk in these 3 ways?