Devos

He did it again! (an update)

Hey friends!

For those of you who are following our journey, you know that God called us to start churches in St. Louis.  This October will be the 2-year anniversary of our church’s launch.

Last year we were asking God for a building and standing on His promises to meet the financial needs of our ministry.  We were crying out for direction and provision and we were working hard to continually reach more people through outreach.  We were asking very specifically about a building: location, size, parking, favor with owner, look, kids area, etc.  In April, we found the place, with everything we asked for.  In May, we started preparing to move in July 1.  We again asked God specifically for the finances to come in for this move–we needed $10,000 by July 1 and $10,000 for renovations by end of August.   We declared we would be in the building by July 1 despite all kinds of logistical hurdles–permits, finances, insurance, etc.  There were so many elements out of my control.

Yet Jesus has taught us: “Ask what you DESIRE and it shall be done FOR you” and “if two of you AGREE on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done FOR them by My Father in heaven.”  We caught this!  That when we came together and asked for strategy, He gave it.  That when we agreed on our goals and dates, led by the Spirit, and asked our Lord, that He started moving on our behalf.  That when we worked hard, He put His hand with ours to make the impossible a reality.  

And so July 1 we got in the building, just like we agreed and asked!  July 1 people gave $10,000, just like we asked!  August 26 $10,000 more came in, just like we asked!  We started with two services and have been growing since.  We have seen people come to Jesus, healed physically, find their home, hear God, and so much more…just like we are asking!  Praise God!

This is just a set up!  I see God setting us up for a move of His Spirit.  I see He is preparing us for miracles.  Last year, at this time, God spoke to me about hosting a conference (a weekend set aside to worship God and hear His voice). I thought it sounded silly.  We did not have a building and we were just a small church plant team leading a newly born church.  And yet, here we are, a year later: we have a new building, we are growing, and anticipation is rising for breakthrough…just like God said.

Why does God speak in advance?  To prepare us, get us in alignment, and to get glory when it happens.  We hear God and walk it out, depending on His power and provision.  We ask and He moves.  God has provided every resource, every team member, and every dollar.  He has answered every prayer.  He has led us every step of the way.  He is fulfilling the vision.  He did it again.  And He will do it again.  

I remember declaring these things before we ever launched our church.  I could see the vision then.  I remember declaring we would reach people, be a multi-cultural, diverse, Spirit-filled church in the heart of the St. Louis metro area.  I remember us crying out for people to come to Jesus.  God is so faithful.  The vision is coming to pass.

If He did it for us, He will do it for you.  If He did it then, He will do it again.  God who called you is faithful and He will DO it.  So look to Him, ask Him for strategy, come into agreement with your team, ask for His help specifically, walk it out, and watch Him move.  He will do it…again!

Thank you to all who have prayed and given to us, especially in this recent season.  I am overwhelmed by the generosity and support.  If you are in the St. Louis area, join us for our first Rock Conference and our 2nd anniversary this coming October 5-7. We would love for you to be a part of our community and mission.

 

Key to Abraham

As we continue in our series out of Genesis, the book of beginnings, we journey with Abraham to see see how God transformed him and how God can restart our faith and transform us too.

I love how real and how raw Abraham was.  I love how God worked through his imperfections.  And despite Abraham’s flaws, there was something that set him apart; something that moved the heart of God, attracted favor, and released the miraculous.

What was it!?  What is the key to Abraham’s life?  As you listen to this message may you see how you can imitate Abraham and position yourself for deeper friendship with God and supernatural intervention from Him in your life.

Enjoy!

Transformation of Abraham

What do you do when your phone starts glitching or your computer freezes?  RESTART!  

Sometimes our device get overloaded or the power runs down or a code messes a program up and it just needs a reboot.  Sometimes we glitch and need a reboot too–we get weary, loose our way, start believing lies.

Genesis, the book of beginnings, is not only about creation; it is about God’s original intent, about real people learning to walk with the real God in genuine faith.  The Lord has been teaching me about faith and walking with Him through this raw book of beginnings.  I have been inspired by the messiness of Genesis and the beauty of God’s intervention.  Through this book, God is calling us back to the beginning; He is restarting our faith and walk with Him.

This audio message is about the transformation of Abraham.  I had never seen this before: how God took Abraham from being a person of compromise to a person of complete surrender, from hesitant fear to unwavering faith.

I hope the journey of Abraham and the journey I have been on will bless you as you listen to these messages about God’s transformation in the lives of people like Abraham, Sarah, Judah, and Joseph.  I hope you will see how God can RESTART your faith and draw you deeper into walking with Him in intimate friendship that radically transforms your life and those around you.

Enjoy!

A Long Overdue Update

Hey friends and family!

It has been way too long since I have sent out an official update. I know some of you follow our podcast or Facebook posts, but here is an attempt to summarize a whirlwind two-years (and if you just want the bottom line: our new church is moving to a new building).

If you just want the bottom line:

our new church is moving to a new building!

For those who don’t know about our journey, let me back up a bit.

4 years ago I was enjoying pastoring NewCommunity Church in Glendora, CA with amazing leaders and community.  I loved our church (still do love the people!).  I was blessed and content. Then Jesus spoke to me in a dream.  He took my wife and I to St. Louis, under the arch, and said, “This is your city”.  The compassion of Jesus overwhelmed me as I began to weep and declare God’s unfailing love over my city.  I awoke and the Lord continued to speak to me and show me what He envisioned to do through this ministry.  We passed NewCommunity to amazing leaders and it is thriving (visit Thrive Glendora).

2 years ago we left SoCal, close friends and family, comfort-zones, In-N-Out, the suburbs, and the beach.  We have been stretched in our faith, in our emotions, in our energy.  I feel like we stepped out on water and are still out of the boat every day!

In October 2016, we started the church with a team of 12 adults in the heart of the city of St. Louis.  We are a campus of The Rock (a multi-campus church originating in Anaheim, CA under Pastors Jerry and Kimberly Dirmann).  We are so humbled and thankful for the covering, support, wisdom, and partnership of The Rock.

Our church has grown (little by little) just like Jesus told me.  The church is diverse just like Jesus told me.  After a few months, one leader noted to me, “Our church is made up of people from almost every continent!”.  Well, not Antartica or Australia, but we are moving in the right direction.   We are seeing people return to the Lord, grow in faith, and be healed.  I love it!  It has been slow and trying many times (especially during ice storms), but it is always worth it to obey Jesus and love people.

We were born for adventure.

Our kids long for the danger of doing something eternal.

I currently work during the day for a Commercial General Contractor as a project Accountant.  In all my years of ministry and non-profit work I have never done finance!  It is funny to me how the Lord has provided such a good job with a great company.  A year ago I didn’t every know what “accounts payable” meant and now I am assisting the CFO to build systems and manage the financials of the company.  I can relate a little more to the Apostle Paul who worked so he would not be a burden to the churches he was starting.

God has provided every need of our church and my family thus far.  A friend recently asked me, “What is the best thing about the church plant?”  Among all the testimonies and all the new members I adore, my family is still the greatest highlight.  I have watched Michele blossom in her leadership, my kids witness the hand of God, and the Lord unite our hearts in a deeper way.  So many christians play it safe and insulate their children (really hide from their calling behind their children).  But we were born for adventure; our kids long for the danger of doing something eternal.

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And now we are moving to our own building in July!  Once again, the Lord has answered prayer.  He has directed our steps to the right location for us at this time.  We are in the process of securing a lease and preparing to move to our new building, where we will start with two services (9&11am).  Our team is super excited, full of expectation, focused on the vision, and moved with compassion for people.  My greatest joy is serving people with a team of like-mind leaders full of faith, love, humility, passion, and devotion.  The Lord has provided this team and the resources we need thus far.  After our strategic planning meeting a month ago, a shout of praise and roar of intercession exploded spontaneously from the team-I was thrilled by their faith!  Our goal is to move in July 1 and we will update everyone has the dates become solidified.

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This is the first floor of the new building!  This will be the main sanctuary. 

We are also believing God for $20,000 for our new building.  We need to purchase chairs, new signs and fliers, renovations for the sanctuary stage and kids classrooms, additional sound and lighting equipment, and such.  As you can image, it adds up.

If the Lord stirs your heart, we would be so grateful.

Would you consider partnering with us in prayer and giving?  Our diverse, urban church is stretching out to reach more people and make an impact in St. Louis.  I am convinced the vision Jesus showed me 4 years ago will continue to unfold and come to pass.  We could use your support to bump us into this next phase.  If the Lord stirs your heart, we would be so grateful.

Here is how you can join us in reaching our goal:

PRAYING with us in faith for all of the resources we need; for hundreds to be reached; and for the glory of the Lord to fill our church.

GIVING FINANCIALLY.  Give now.  This link will bring you to our church’s online giving portal powered by Secure Give.  Be sure to choose our campus, St. Louis English, and to donate to “Heart for the Harvest”, which goes directly to our specific facility and outreach goals in this season.

Thank you!

Pastor David

Dignity

When you don’t know who you are, the enemy can lie to you. When you don’t know what you have, the enemy can steal from you.  In this series of messages, God has been speaking to us about our inheritance-what we have in Christ as His blood bought children.  We need to know who we are and what we have in Christ so we can walk in confidence into all God has for us.

In this message, we explore our inheritance of financial dignity.  Though this truth entails more than finances, there is a dignity we have as children of God who have promises from God.  That dignity can free us from the easy traps of envy and fear and empower us to be extravagant givers, wise investors, and content enjoyers of life.

Enjoy!

Eternal Inheritance

Eternity puts life in perspective.  

When you see your eternal inheritance in Christ, even beyond the blessings of this life, it puts suffering and success in the right light.  All of the pain and heartache of this present life cannot compare to the weight of glory we will experience in heaven.  Even all of God’s blessings now, and our calling now, cannot compare to the weight of glory we will receive.  When we know our eternal inheritance, we can access that inheritance by faith through the power of the Holy Spirit for our life now.

In this message, be refreshed by a glimpse at your eternal inheritance and be reminded that the Holy Spirit is the down payment of that inheritance.  Eternal life doesn’t start when you die; it starts now.  I pray you would be filled with hope as you listen to God’s word.

Enjoy!

Immunity

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits.”

-Psalm 103:2

King David shows us that there are benefits to being in covenant with God.  Too often we are unaware or forgetful about these benefits.  We need to know we are as children of God and what we have in Him so that we can appropriate those promised blessings into our lives and so that we will turn our hearts toward God in worship rather than turn away in offense, fear, or shame.

In this message, I pray God opens your eyes to see just how awesome your inheritance is in Christ.  I am confident that when you see, fear and anxiety will fall away and confidence and creativity will explode in your life.   You are not alone; you have a God!  He is with you and has made promises to you.  I pray you receive all He has for you.

Enjoy!