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Our Journey to E91: July 19

We have arrived! At least, I should say that we have arrived in Indy, closed on a house, and I am now sitting on the floor of our new home while I write this blog. We have arrived, but our "stuff" doesn't arrive until Monday. For those of you who have experienced the "joys" of moving, you know how it feels to finally get through all the details of getting utilities set up, insurance taken care of, and then signing your life away at closing. And once you get through all of those steps, you have a huge sigh of relief and a prayer of gratitude for the Lord's provision.

I've gotten great feedback from the question I asked a few days ago in my last blog. If you'd still like to respond, read my posting from this past Monday, and you can see what I'm asking and how to respond. 

People have asked me what I am most excited about in coming to E91 and what are my biggest concerns. I've thought a lot about that over the past few weeks, and I've come to the conclusion that my answers are two sides of the same coin. On the one side, there is a peace that comes when you really believe you are following the Lord's lead. It doesn't mean your path will always be laid with smooth stones and that there will be no pot-holes or detours. But whatever obstacles you face, you know the Lord is with you. That's what I'm most excited about in coming to E91. I know the Lord is leading us here, and there is a peace in that knowledge. The other side of the coin, however, is my "human side" of knowing the rich heritage of E91 and not wanting to make major missteps as we all move forward together. Bottom line? It's the "fear of failure."

Just for the record, I will make some missteps without question. I just pray they won't be of the gargantuan size. I'm reminded of what the Apostle Paul wrote, "God's grace is sufficient." So, the next time you're feeling a tad bit overwhelmed, and you hold back out of fear of making mistakes, trust that the very grace that saved you is the same grace that will sustain you. Remember that "perfect love casts out all fear," and His love is always, always perfect.

For those who are at E91 this coming Sunday, I hope to see you!  Be sure to come up and introduce yourself to me, Laura and the kids.  See you soon!

Our Journey to E91: July 16

As I write this, I'm sitting in a Starbucks in Lexington, KY enjoying a nice cup of coffee and AIR CONDITIONING. My in-laws' A/C unit blew right before our arrival on Friday, so we've been experiencing part of the pre-1950s lifestyle, and we (along with my in-laws) have been wondering how they did it! Hence, this time at Starbucks is a nice reprieve from the heat before we make our final leg of the journey to Indy sometime tomorrow afternoon. We close on our house (hopefully) on Wednesday, and we'll get moved in (again, hopefully) on the 23rd.

We look forward to worshiping with our new E91 family this coming weekend! Laura and I will be visiting ABF classes and hanging out in the foyer in between services, so if we haven't met you yet, don't hesitate to stop by and introduce yourself. I know we have a BIG learning curve to remember names, so we plead for patience.  One thing that will help tremendously, and I say this with deep love, is that I encourage you not to approach us and ask, "Do you remember my name?"  When I'm put under pressure like that I have a hard time remembering my own name, let alone someone's name that I met a few weeks ago along with a thousand other precious people.

We're only three Sundays away from our first "official" Sunday where I'll be preaching, and I need your help. Our first teaching series, starting on August 5, will be called, "Legacy: Honor the Past…Embrace the Future," and we're going to focus on how to hold on to our tremendous heritage in Jesus Christ, let go of the things that hold us back, how to move forward in faith and life, and how to pass the baton to friends and family, especially the next generation.

So here's what I need from you should you be willing to take on this mission:

  1. Pray that God uses the launch of this new series in a way to bring the entire E91 family together, on mission, as we begin this new season.

  2. Facebook me (send me a friend request on Facebook and then send me a message) with things that HOLD YOU BACK from moving forward. I won't use any names, but I want to list various topics in this series of things that keep us from moving forward in life.

  3. INVITE people to join you for this series--especially as we launch on Aug. 5. Word of mouth works best, of course, but I encourage you to share the Facebook invite that we will be posting soon to all your Facebook friends and those who follow you on Twitter.

  4. Forward this post to as many people as you can, so that they will be encouraged to join us in prayer as well.

Thanks for helping, and I look forward to seeing you soon!