A new job, moving, and even acquiring a new car are among the top stressors in life. What the researchers evidently miss is how invigorating it is when done by the Hand of God! Mary Leigh and I are excited about getting to know you as we take on the new leadership role with you as a partner with CABA.
The unanimous vote at the Spring Gathering was so humbling. I was led of the Lord to preach on Joshua 1:10-18 because three tribes could have opted out of partnering with their brother tribes. But the tribal leaders rose to the occasion. They accepted Joshua's challenge to lead the battle formation from the front. The three vowed not to take their rest until their brothers could have their rest, too.
Many of our CABA churches have many challenges facing them. Other churches have, in a way, found their rest. Only when churches cooperate can we, by the Holy Spirit's power, achieve the Great Commission. What a challenge it is to explore the Cincinnati area and interact with those who Jesus died to save:
:: a Bob Evans waitress who requested God to work a miracle in her sister's health.
:: a real estate agent who is a nominal Muslim (Turk) who is very close to surrendering his life to Jesus.
:: a mattress salesman with terminal cancer, whose faith is in Jesus, and is prepared to meet Him soon.
Stressors will always exist, but praise God that Jesus is Lord. God spoke clearly to Joshua and to all of us today that are engaged in kingdom work: "Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9 HCSB).