God Breathed

GodBreathedToday as I celebrate 25 years in the ministry I want to share something I have discovered about faith. In 1993 when I left my original church job to join with my wife and four others in launching our first church plant, we were imagining a “different kind of church”. The night we committed we claimed Jesus’ promise in Luke 17:6   (NLT) If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you! We all took home a mustard seed taped to a card that night as a constant reminder of what God was going to do through us. That evening was a surreal experience for us because we knew that, despite what others had said, our God-breathed dream would surely come to pass. It not only came true but it far exceeded our wildest expectations.

As history would later prove, we were far from perfect but every person at that table had an incredible God-centered faith. For many years we saw miracle after miracle take place. We lost count of the number of  folks who came to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, simply because six regular people were obedient to God’s call and dared to dream a very big dream. Faith always begins by magnifying your imagination. With God big dreams come true.

Sadly, like many other successful churches, years later the church split. Some folks decided to start another church and chose me to be the pastor. One of the things that has haunted me, was that the new church never caught fire like the first. Oh it is successful; God has blessed us in many ways. We have a wonderful church but it has never been quite like the first. I came up with many theories like: Not the same team; times have changed; I am older; more churches of our type to choose from, etc. I’m sure those were a part of it. But during my Thanksgiving retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani, God revealed the real difference. Actually it is as obvious as my nose on my face. The first church was itself a miracle. It was raised up by God himself. God breathed always trumps man-breathed. Miracles only come to pass when we completely surrender our will to His.

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2 Responses to “God Breathed”

  1. Sherry Hayes says:

    Happy New Year John
    Johnny and I still talk about the life changing things you “talked” into our lives. Even though your church now is not maybe the “biggest” church or the most attended. God is doing big things…. never forget that…
    May God bless you, your family and Crossroads in 2015.
    love, Sherry Hayes

  2. john says:

    Thank and Happy New Year to you folks!

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