Your Help is Found in Our Community ~ blog
Over the last 4 days, 96 new people have reached out for help and signed up to begin receiving my daily emails of encouragement. That is amazing and wonderful at the same time. Normally we might have 50 new people each month.
I believe this is a response to the article posted on the Christianity Today website for pastors. I have no idea how many of the 96 new subscribers are men and women in ministry, but I want you to know that everyone who reaches out for help will receive it.
Everyone receives the emails 6 days a week and there is hope when you find encouragement from someone who has been where you are and has been led by God back into sexual sobriety and walking in purity. That can be the same in your case. However, the emails will not be enough.
The truth about the Christian Life is that we are made to live as a community. Acts 2 teaches us what it was like for the early church;
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” (42-47)
Our culture is heading in the opposite direction. The sense of community is lost and because of the shame we feel over our sexual sin we isolate even from our loved ones and family. This secret sin that could very well cost us our jobs is something we feel we can never be honest about … not even to our spouse.
I lived that way for over 8 years, and I hated every minute of it.
Tomorrow night I am going to be sharing my story online using live online streaming with Zoom. I invite you to sit in and hear the story of God taking me through the train wreck of my life which included resigning from my position as a Senior Pastor, disclosing everything to my wife and children, and the journey of God’s healing over the past 13 years.
This is now the calling God has on my life. He has sent me into the darkness of other people’s lives to give them hope and encouragement that all is not lost. He wants all of us to abstain from sexual immorality and to walk filled with the Spirit. However, for many our use of sexual sin to relieve the stress of life is pandemic within the Christian Community.
Lastly, Paul writes in Galatians 6;
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
And James writes in James 5;
“Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
This is how we help one another. This is how we love one another and bear one another’s burdens.
Please join me tomorrow night on Zoom using this link.
You can test it out before the session starts at 9:00 pm EST April 7th, 2019. If you just want to use your phone and call into the meeting here are the phone numbers.
Dial by your location
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 350 984 323