Finally

Sara and I finally joined a church. (It actually was a few weeks ago, but I just now got around to writing about it.) North Park Baptist Church . More about this later.

So, a few people there have asked me what we are doing in Sherman. All I can say is that God called us here, and so we came. We both knew that to go anywhere else would be wrong. But what does God want to teach us here? Now that is another question all together. If God called me to preach, (which He has) why am I not doing it. I am a minister of the Gospel, first and foremost. But now I don't work at a church. Ever since I was sixteen and I was called to preach, I have been aiming towards that goal. Because to be a minister, you work at a church right?

Oh, how wrong I was. God has us here to teach me to look at things from the other side of the pulpit, for one. Let me tell you, that is extremely difficult. I don't always understand it. I am still a minister. Still a preacher. But I do not work for a church. I work for the Lord. It was so easy for me to find my identity in being on staff somewhere at a church. Now God has taken away that net from me, and it is hard.

I also am learning to be more pastoral. Preaching is easy, but caring for people is hard, and that is what he is teaching me. Honestly, I never thought I wanted to pastor. But now that has changed. Don't get me wrong, the calling God placed on my life has not changed. Now my understanding of that calling has changed.

One of my goals here is to share what God lays on my heart. And man has He been laying it on. And so here it is. God is completely changing everything in me it seems. My whole paradigm.
I don't want to get caught up in the emerging church and postmodernism and all those things. I just want to be like Christ. I cannot wax eloquent about the changing culture. I cannot be a scholarly type. I just want to be like Christ.

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The HUMAN PARADIGM intro

Man is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by nature
and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of Criteria.
Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive characteristic
is, and of Right ought to be, the natural foundation of
his environments, institutions, and respectful relations
to his fellow-man. Thus, he is oriented to a Freedom
whose roots are in the Order of the universe.

See:
"Human Defined: Earth's Choicemaker"
http://www.choicemaker.net/

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