It’s odd that I help lead a church planting organization.
I never planned to be a Christian.
I never planned to be a church planter.
And the fact that I lead a church planting organization is sure evidence that God has a sense of humor.
See, I know what it’s like to do life without hope. I was once very far from God. I didn’t grow up a Christian. Oh, I managed life for a while: the Army, business, marriage and kids.
But then, if I am honest, I entered a season of life when I was really feeling hopeless. The best way I can describe it is that I came to the end of myself. And there wasn’t much left. I realize now I’d lost hope.
Then hope came our way.
We met a couple who helped us get connected to COMMUNITY. It was at COMMUNITY that we both found our way back to God. My wife found hope in Jesus first. And while it took me a couple of more years of wrestling, I too found hope in Him.
Eventually our journey led us to KC to plant new churches. And God used us to help literally hundreds if not thousands of people find their way to Him…to find hope. God has give me a front row seat to watch people find hope through the person of Jesus. And now I get to help more people start more churches where more people can find hope.
We all need hope. Atheists and non-believers and Buddhists and Eskimos need hope. To be human means you need hope to deal with the pain and suffering and setbacks that inevitably come our way. You need to know there is more than today and what you’re dealing with.
Jesus can bring you hope. He did for me and he can do the same for you. I did try to find it in other places but I couldn’t.
Theologian Richard Rohr puts it this way:
The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our Satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves.
Jesus is the source of hope beyond ourselves.
Finding hope at a local church changed everything for me. My wife and I have been doing our best to ensure it keeps flowing to others through new local churches.
See, when you start a new church, you provide other people the opportunity to find hope in Jesus. And that changes everything.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
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