I received some good news this week for which I want to praise the Lord. For the next few months, I will be preaching and teaching scripture on a regular basis at a local church.
Let me back up a bit. Back in February I was asked to fill the pulpit at Chevis Oaks Baptist Church, near Savannah, GA. We live about fifteen minutes from the church building. Since that time, I have preached there fifteen times. The church members have been very welcoming and kind to our entire family. The church is currently in the dreaded "pastoral search process." I have met with them about this, and am one of the candidates.
The leadership of Chevis Oaks has asked me to preach twice on Sundays and lead their Wednesday night prayer meetings for the foreseeable future; that means until they have decided upon a pastor. That pastor could be me, but maybe not. I'm just happy for the opportunity to preach and teach God's Word.
Today at Chevis Oaks I preached about hope in Christ from I Peter 1:3-5, and later preached about worry from Matthew 6:25-34. I thank God for this opportunity.
It will certainly make for a busy schedule. I am now working 40 hours per week retreading tires, and will be adding sermon preparation and delivery to that. This will be a challenge, but I look forward to it.
Thanks for your prayers. Although our future is still up in the air, we know that God controls it.