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Our Journey to E91: July 2

Someone asked me yesterday how we felt about our reception and all of the weekend festivities (including Dave Mullins' birthday!), and the first word that came to mind was, OVERWHELMED!  That word can be taken in two different ways, of course, but I assure you I mean it in the good way. Laura, Will, Anna, Luke and I were overwhelmed with the love, support, encouragement, and offers of help and hospitality extended to us. The worship services yesterday were tremendous, and what a joy it was to participate in the dedication of the new playground. This resource, along with the new children's building, will make a Kingdom impact for years to come in the nurture, development, joy and discipleship of future generations. This dedication, along with the reception and Patriotic Concert, made yesterday an overwhelming day of God's confirmation that we are supposed to be at E91.  I want to thank all the staff and volunteers who made yesterday a day we will remember for years to come.

One of the many blessings we experienced yesterday was meeting Dr. Ed Brown. If you don't know Dr. Brown, you're missing out on a tremendous blessing. He and his precious wife faithfully attend the first service, and they have been involved at E91 for many years.  He sent me one of the most gracious emails I've ever read earlier last week, and he concluded by writing how he looks forward to each Sunday at E91 to study God's Word while he awaits his heavenly home. What a perspective. What a picture of the body of Christ gathered each Sunday in worship and preparation for living our lives in faithfulness to our Lord while we long for our heavenly home. 

This transition we're making from Owensboro to Indianapolis pales in comparison to that future transition we must all make one day from this life to the life to come. I'm amazed to think that our worship is part of our preparation. As we draw our focus, gratitude and praise to our holy God, He shapes and molds us in preparation of partaking in heaven.  Now, that's the kind of transition I want to make!

Our Journey to E91: June 28

Tomorrow we close on our house in Owensboro and will be "homeless" until July 23 when we move into our home in Fishers. That doesn't mean you need to call me and offer a place to stay, although we appreciate the offers if they were to come! We'll be in Florida for two weeks for a little R & R and the North American Christian Convention. From there we will come to Indy, close on our new house, get settled and then the fun (and work) really begins!

For anyone who has experienced a move, you know how messy it can be. I mentioned in my last article about how "To-Do Lists" are important, but they can also be a pain in the neck. There are many little details that need to be taken care of, and sometimes we can get overwhelmed with them.  

I don't know about you, but I often think it would be nice if everything in life just flowed along nice and easy, and there would never be any problems, and we could all just be happy. This morning I was in my last Thursday morning Business Leaders Small Group, and we took a look at 2 Timothy 1. In verse 9, the Apostle Paul reminds us that God has not only saved us, but He has "called us to a holy life."  

In a lot of popular, Americanized Christianity, it seems that we're told that Jesus wants us to be happy. It's almost like Christianity, from this perspective, is supposed to serve us rather than us serving Christ. It's self-centered rather than Christ-centered. Now, this doesn't mean that Jesus wants us to be miserable, either. But the Bible makes it clear that God has called us to a holy life and not necessarily a happy life.  

I need to remind myself that in those times when I feel the pressure and stress of moving. And, perhaps, you need to be reminded of that as you go through whatever it is you may be facing today. God has saved you and called you to a holy life, and, as you probably know, living a holy life may not always make you happy.  But it will make you "whole."