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I spent my whole night with God tonight in front of this candle. I’m at a place in my life where God and I just talk all the time. I had a very interesting week this week. I shared my story with someone I deeply care about Saturday night and it got me processing a lot about where I am at in my walk. God’s really pulling me out into the community to share the gospel and my testimony to others. The brokenness of this jacked up world is really weighing on my heart. I really care and love people  and I find myself hurting for them. It kills me to see people make the choice of turning from God when Satan throws his punches our way.

Church for me exists in the world. Sundays are great for fellowship and teaching, but I’m growing in my walk meeting with people out in the surrounding community. Tonight I spent hours in the smoky atmosphere of Coffee Rush with a brother that just went through divorce. It’s a shitty thing for anyone to have to ever go through and I feel for this guy cuz he has little kids. But what an encouraging night that came from hanging out with him. God used me to impact his life in our short time together and he in turn was a blessing to me. I knew of him when he was married and was always encouraged when I saw his family. But then last summer I saw him at a small group alone with a look in his face that was all too familiar. I knew right then and there his marriage was over and I felt for him. But hearing him speak of his desire to cling to Christ through this tough time made me knew that God was going to take care of him. Tonight we had the opportunity to meet for the first time.

What an amazing turnaround God has done in his life! God is really working in this guy. I’m not saying that life is easy for him – he’s lonely, he’s struggling with lust and finances. Yet he has peace because he knows God is going to pull him through this. That’s God!!!! He doesn’t let go. We can have peace and hope because he is our anchor when life sucks. He is ever faithful and true and we can cling to hope when disaster comes. I love this verse from Hebrews..

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  – Hebrews 6:19

I’ve gone through more pain and trials since coming to Christ than when I lived life without him. Coming to Christ doesn’t guarantee things will get easy. But when we surrender our lives to him, He gives us the Holy Spirit to guide us and we can have peace in that. He is the anchor to our souls and we can navigate through the crap when we cling to the cross. I have experienced the type of trials that can destroy a man. But at the same time I can honestly say that I am where I am today because of Jesus Christ. His grace and love for me are the only things that got me where I am today. I don’t fear man or this world because God continues to show me that he will bring me through whatever I go through and give me exactly what I need. What an amazing God we have!

Tonight I saw my new friend and the power of what God can do when we turn to Him. This guy turned to the cross of Christ – the place where God loves us and where Jesus shows us that he understands what we are going through. And now his testimony will be used to change the lives of others who are experiencing trouble. This guy prayed for me and told me how much meeting me impacted his life in a short few hours. I laugh because I feel the same way about him. He was a light to me tonight and a reminder of who God is when life beats us down. I love how the body of Christ is used to encourage each other.

Tonight I realized where God wants me after spending some time with Him. I know a big part of that is being out in the secular world and serving these men that are struggling and going through painful situations. I get pain and I don’t fear it. Jesus is my rock and I’m secure in that and pain has always brought me closer to him. People call me modern-day Job or whatever, but they also know that Christ is my foundation and the trials of life just make me cling to Christ. I want to share that and proclaim that to others. God may allow freedom in this world, but He doesn’t lose control. He knows what we go through and he offers himself as a source of hope to overcome it.

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Pretty laid back weekend. Took the kids to the drive-ins Friday night. Haven’t done that in years! Watched most of the Olympics on Saturday after serving at Liberty House in Phoenix. Then served at church all day Sunday. I was a little hesitant to hear Pastor Linn’s message yesterday because it was on simplifying your life. If you know me, that hasn’t always been the case with me. I’ve never been a sit still person and I’m very active. But I’ve worked very hard to make sure that I don’t burn out this fall like last fall. It’s still fresh in my mind how disastrous my decision making was last fall. But things are very good right now. I’m very close in my walk with God and I’m really enjoying life.
But at the same time I’m hearing of so many people struggling in their walk and in life. I just got another call this week of some good friends of mine struggling in their marriage. This really saddens me. In fact, yesterday would have been my 12th year of marriage had it lasted. Many of my friends are struggling spiritually. I just read 2 Timothy 3 today and it has really encouraged me to stay ‘Jesus strong’ (a term Pastor Royce uses) during this time. I’m pretty focused right now and I want to be there for these people who helped pulled me through tough times. It’s amazing how God uses those close in our lives to help us through trials. I’m so blessed to have such people in my own life.
I had a great weekend with the kids. I had my first family/devotion night with them at Coffee Rush. I’m doing this every Sunday night I have them. They do homework, then we go over what they learned at church, I do a devotion and then we play board games. It went very well. It will take my relationship with them to a whole new level. I also had our first meeting with our Belize team at church yesterday. It looks like an amazing team. 16 women and 4 guys. Never understand why more guys don’t do missions. It’s the same stats globally as well. 75% women do long term missions.
Well, I’m excited for this weekend. Get to hang with my long time friend Deanna and I will soon see Jude as well. He just spent 9 months in Belize. I also just had a great IM chat with Shauna.. who is in Africa. These people just encourage me so much! I also start school next week. I am looking forward to that very much. I love learning and digging deeper in the Word.
This morning I woke up and climbed a mountain. I got to the top and listened to some worship music on my Ipod while looking at God’s creation. He is so awesome!

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Macchiato ministry

So I’m hanging out at Coffee Bean the other day and some guy walks up to me and says ‘you look like a down-to-earth, get real, coffee shop type of guy’. Now I wasn’t sure if he was referring to the beanie, flip-flops and man-bag or if I just have a certain look to me. But I took it as a compliment.

Be honest with you, I do hang out at a lot of coffee shops. And I’m not talking about the church cafe I work in here and there. I usually mosey down to a coffee shop 3-4 times a week. Usually alone. Now I’m not referring to Starbucks (go there occassionally), but the down-to-earth, smoky, tatoo wearing, dog-on-a-leash coffee shops. I usually go to Coffee Rush or the Willow House. I just love the people at them. Real easy to meet. I might catch poetry reading night or some dude with a guitar. But its how I minister. And it all starts with just leaving my Bible laying out on the table.

My men’s group meets at Coffee Rush every Monday night. We have been meeting close to 2 years there. There is just something about a few guys with their Bibles opened up in the middle of a smoky crowd that is just awesome. We sometimes get a few looks, but we do get the occasional person inquiring about what we are reading. I think it affects the community around us. It’s an amazing, non-direct way to witness.

But for me, its how I meet people outside of church. I have some interesting friends that I hang out with here and there that I met at coffee shops. I love conversation. I love the realness and openness that comes with the atmosphere. I’d take a latte over a beer anytime. It is how I like to share about Christ.

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