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SHEPHERDS, DAY THREE: “If we seek to please God, it does not matter whom we displease.”

Steve Lawson at Shepherd's Conference 2009

Dr. Steve Lawson, Shepherd's Conference 2009

Once again, this final “official” day of the Shepherd’s Conference was a bright, sunny, and beautiful California day.  The first session of the day was begun with Grace’s Sunday night worship team, which is the more contemporary styled service.  They led a really wonderful medley of songs all pointing to the holiness of God: God of Wonders, Indescribable, Be Unto Your Name, Holy Holy Holy, and Refiner’s Fire.  John MacArthur followed this with some biblical reflection on God’s holiness in regard to evangelism.  One particular quote I wrote down was “You have an ally in the heart of every unregenerate man, that is the law of God written on the hearts of men.” (Romans 1)  He then encouraged us to use the law in our soul-winning to show man his need of a Savior in relation to God’s supreme holiness.  Phil Johnson, director of Grace to You, then preached from Titus 2:7-8 on “Sound Words.”  Here are my notes: Continue reading

SHEPHERDS, DAY ONE: “Step on the grass. Shoot a deer. Dig for oil. NOW!”

 

Dr. John MacArthur, Shepherd's Conference 2009

Dr. John MacArthur, Shepherd's Conference 2009

The first day of the Shepherd’s Conference found me driving in pouring rain up I-5 past a terrible car wreck, through deep puddles of water, and searching in vain for a parking spot on the Grace Community Church’s lot.

 

HA!  A little rain isn’t going to ruin this day!  I found a parking spot along the street a few blocks away, waited for the rain to subside, and walked to the church campus.

How do you describe the buzz of 3500 pastors from around the world all gathering together in one place?  I don’t know.  Electric, maybe?  Everyone was giving off an air of anticipation.  Lots of smiles, hugs, and refreshments all around.  I found a seat on the organ side (for Janz) and waited the beginning of the first keynote. Continue reading

Heather Hills Looking for Associate Pastor

now hiringHeather Hills Baptist Church, on the east side of Indianapolis, is seeking to add a male, full-time, associate pastor to begin as early as April 2009.  Interested parties should contact the senior pastor Brian McCrorie at    317-894-7474    or can send resumes to bmccrorie (at) gmail (dot) com.

Heather Hills is an independent Baptist church in fellowship with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches and the Crossroads Fellowship of Indiana.  We are dispensational in our interpretation of Scripture, historically fundamentalist in our view of Scripture, and baptistic in our practice of Scripture within the local church.  We have a strong desire to make an impact for the cause of Christ both locally and globally.  We value expository preaching.  We practice a blended style of worship, recognizing the importance of heritage while embracing contemporary expression, all of which is subject to the truth of Scripture and focused on the person and work of Christ.  We believe that every member of Heather Hills is to be a minister, using his spiritual gifts to build up the Body of Christ.

Applicants should possess a strong desire for an equipping ministry, primarily in discipleship/spiritual development.  A graduate degree is preferable along with some previous pastoral experience.  Applicants must be willing to work as a part of a team and dedicated to the study of God’s Word and prayer.  Those who make matters of opinion (Bible translations, musical style, etc.) a basis for fellowship need not apply.

The Next Phase…

Last night, we had a tearful yet joyful time of fellowship with our church family in Denver as we said “Goodbye!” after six wonderful years of service and shepherding.

Now, the real fun begins.  I’ve said before that God has taught me to once again walk by faith and not by sight.  Well, the faith part is more real than ever before as I am now officially unemployed.  I’ve never had more uncertainty about the future than I have right now and never had more confidence in the provision of God than this moment.

So, phase two… Continue reading

Waiting…

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps.
Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

Growing up, I always had a plan.  I would become a preacher.  A missionary.  An evangelist.  A secret agent.  Whatever the boy in me thought was the most important, the most exciting–these were my pursuits and dreams.

When I was 14 years old, I lived in Scotland with my parents, who were missionaries.  We took a trip that summer to visit missionary friends in Europe.  My plan became to be a missionary to France.

In college, I was exposed to urban ministry and how God was working in the city.  My plan became to be a church-planter in the great cities of America.

As I grew, the plans became more elaborate and researched.  The determinations became more serious and focused.

I never became a missionary to France.  I never started a church in an inner city.  I never trained to be a secret agent.  My plans were in shambles.  There were times I questioned myself about planning at all.

But along the way, I learned some valuable lessons about life, particularly the life of a follower of Christ.  I learned that WHAT I would do or WHERE I would go was not nearly as important as WHY I would do it and WHOM I would do it for.

As a young man, I had great dreams about what I could do for God.  Everything was about having the biggest and best ministry with the most impact and renown.  And sincerely, my dreams were about what could be done for God, not myself.  But they were my plans.  And I’m not sovereign or omniscient.  Not a bit.

I still make plans.  I believe in setting goals and trying to achieve them.  I want to recognize my strengths and God-given abilities and develop them and use them in the most efficient way possible.  But God changes things–sometimes when I least expect it.  And I’ve learned that’s okay.  In fact, I love to be surprised by God.  He always gives good gifts.

So, here I sit, one week after giving my last update on the latest plans I have: to become a senior pastor.  I have no doubt that God is in this transition in my life.  And though I wait on His perfect will for my life, I am not anxious.  Not at all.  He is showing me that He will direct my paths.  He is eliminating churches from consideration, and bringing new ones into my view.  In fact, I’m even having some initial discussion now with a church that wasn’t even on my radar until this week.

It’s exciting, this living by faith.  I never know what the next day, the next phone call, may bring.  But I know the One who knew about it when He formed me in my mother’s womb.

How can I not rest in His care? 

An Announcement

fotolia_4385318_xs.jpgSunday, March 9, 2008, is a new day.  It’s a new day that God has made, causing me to rejoice.  It’s a new day revealing the mercy and faithfulness of God.  It’s a new day for my family.

This Sunday, it will be announced that I am leaving Red Rocks Baptist Church. Continue reading

One Matthew; Many Timothys

matthewmurray.jpgFive years ago, things were very different.

At that time Matthew Murray was enrolled in the Youth With a Mission training center in Arvada, Colorado, preparing to go overseas with a ministry team.

How different was Matthew from the best Christian young people you know? 

  • Came from a “very, very” religious family
  • Home-schooled
  • Had an Uncle who is a pastor.
  • Participated in Youth Missions training.

Fast-forward to Sunday, December 9th, 2007. Continue reading