Church Planting is Not for Wimps!

Church planting is not for wimps!

And I recently downloaded a book by the same title.  I am discovering that each week is filled with twists, turns, and surprises.  There is no routine except the constant of the unpredictable.  More and more I am understanding why Jesus said the Sabbath was made for Man, not Man for the Sabbath.  We need to make time to rest because it will never simply come to us.  God has given the Sabbath (the day of rest) to us as a gift.  I pray each of you is taking advantage of the gift God has given you!

The details of the new start are beginning to be checked off of our list.

…a worship team has been identified and we will begin to shape our style and tone.

… the financial secretary and treasurer are in place and we can now begin implementing the financial details.

…our building options have narrowed as I have discovered the places too big, too small and too expensive.

And we have begun the process of saying “good-bye”.  We are so compelled to share the Gospel with others.  But we have also called Detroit First Church home for nearly 14 years.  We have many memories and friends and it is more difficult that we thought at first to say farewell.  We would appreciate your prayers.

Priority Prayer Needs this Week:

Children’s Workers

Affordable Location

Transition details of my last two Sundays

Are You the One?

Last week, a man I graduated high school with died suddenly.  He was 40 years old.  He leaves behind a wife and four children (who live in the Livonia area).  And his mother attends Detroit First Church of the Nazarene.

Yesterday I attended his funeral and witnessed one of the most heart-breaking moments I have seen in a long time.  Jerrie’s little boy is only 8 years old.  And he wailed through the entire funeral.  Every so often he would get up and walk to the casket, lean over and kiss his daddy.  Then he would return to his grandmother’s lap.

I was struck with the reality that this family, and especially this little boy, had no hope to cling to.  They have no faith experience to draw from.

But then I witnessed the Holy Spirit do something equally amazing.  Pastor Blake, moved by the Spirit, took the family’s hands and joined them in a circle.  Then he commissioned the family to take care of “widows and orphans”.  He prayed for them and over them and God’s peace seemed to descend if even for only a moment.

God has called us to minister to such as these.  We have the honor of being used by the Spirit of God to bless others; to give them hope; to tell them their is a Savior who loves them.

John the Baptist sent us to you to ask ‘are you the One who was to come, or should we expect someone else’?

Jesus replied “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard:  The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.  Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”

Luke 7:18-23

Launch Team

We have been praying for our potential launch team for some time now.  God is slowly revealing who He would like to be a part of that team.  I am planning a Vision Casting Dinner for the near future.  It will lay out the vision in more detail and give us a chance to connect.

But there are also others who have more recently heard the news and who are praying and asking God what He wants them to do.  Please be in prayer for these who still need clear direction from God.  I am looking forward to breakfast/lunch/dinner/coffee with these precious people.

In the meantime, here are some who feel God’s prompting and will commit to partnering with Plumb Line Community Church.  Please pray for us to know God’s will, God’s direction, and to hear His voice.

Jerry & Amy Malik (Jade)
Mike & Kerri Burba (Meghan)
Ronnie & Tara Kingsbury
Rod & Alison Smith
Aaron Bailey
Scott & Millie Grosz
Marlene Archambeau
Rich & Tracie Bastien (Emily & Jackson)

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