Hebrews 13:7 (NLT) --- Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.
I am getting ready for a short road trip, but I wanted to send a shout out and brag a bit about the people I work with at The Community. As their pastor, I am not slanted in this at all. Hear me out.
Our people are always going further than what I have seen others do. Last week over 100 people made commitments to serve people outside the church this Christmas. Some are serving the homeless of our community. Some are helping a family in need. Others are helping at a local school or with a local organization. I am proud of our folks. They are great people. This next year will be full of more awesome things because we are taking it to the next level.
Our leadership team Christmas party was tonight (Sunday night). We had an incredible time. Blessed to say the least. As the party ended, we shared some of the blessings of this last year and some of the things we are excited about in the coming year. It was encouraging.
I looked a little further around the room as our team, all were present minus one who has been away due to a broken leg, and their spouses. These folks have stood by my side, have held my hand, have prayed for me, they have dreamed and led, they have pushed, prayed and shared. Honestly, they are leading by example. I am proud of them.
1 Peter 5:3 (NLT) --- ... but lead them by your own good example.
Pray for those around you. Pray for yourself. Ask the Lord to lead them and lead through you with boldness. In the coming days I pray that we will see things that no one can explain other than to say ... look what God did. In closing, here is a verse that I am holding tightly to and asking God for.