Relational Influence – being missional in Bend

This is something I put together for the church publication. Not the final edit… but it sums up what I am thinking about a lot of things.

My thoughts regarding my first writing for this publication center on the purpose I believe God has laid on my life for this time… and perhaps for the rest of my life even. It has been a process of letting go really… something that would not seem a logical progression as I spend an increasing amount of time in central Oregon. Shouldn’t we be growing and developing more structure and seeing more people and having more commitment and developing more leaders? This, to me, seems more like carrying more weight not less. So when I say I have been letting go, it feels like there is less structure, less people, and not the growth that I want much too desperately to have.

And yet, influence happens. Missional (the intentional “being out there… looking out there”) happens. And it is something that I have to let go of. I have to let go into the trusting, faithful, day-to-day reliance on God to use me in the face-to-face encounters of every day. This idea of influence is something that we as a Sunday night community have been praying about constantly and encouraging each other to see. Continue reading Relational Influence – being missional in Bend

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Have Strength

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Do you not know, have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,

the creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary

and his understanding no one can fathom.

He give strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary

and young men stumble and fall,

but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings of eagles’

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.
Even to your old age and gray hairs,

I am he, I am he who will sustain you.

I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.