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Journey Journal: Days 47-51

Days 47-48: Saturday-Sunday, February 16-17, 2013

This weekend was fairly uneventful. We spent Saturday morning helping Bryan’s sister and brother-in-law pack and move into their brand new home! Excited for them as they enter the world of home ownership! Then Bryan had to study, so I ran some errands and then had a couple girlfriends over to listen to records and hang out. It was a relaxing time, full of laughter and fellowship.

Sunday started our church’s annual Pastor’s Fellowship special meetings. This year’s topic is “The Church: A Work in Progress.” Our pastor, Danny Brooks, kicked off the series on Sunday with “The Church that Will Be” and “The Church that Is.”

Days 49-51: Monday-Wednesday, February 18-20, 2013

This week has been pretty busy between special services at church, busy days at work, and trying to keep the household machine running as normally as possible. I have not been recording my food this week, but have been good about what we’ve been eating. And my weight is the same (at least I’m not going backwards), plus Bryan’s lost two more pounds! After losing ten pounds in six weeks, I figured I was due for one week of plateau. With special services, I haven’t been able to get to the gym as much, but I should be able to jump back in this weekend or next week at the latest. Bryan had several tests for school this week too, and it’s been especially challenging with two upper level science classes this semester, but God is proving Himself faithful, so we will keep plugging ahead.

Every year for the past several years, our church has hosted a Pastors’ Fellowship in February. Pastors, evangelists, missionaries, and church leaders come from all over for this mini-conference. They meet during the day to share the blessings and challenges of full-time ministry during the day; and then the whole church joins in the evenings for supper and service. The music is exceptional and the preaching is refreshing and challenging! Eric Sipe (from Columbus, OH) spoke on Monday night on “Making Sense of Failure”; Tim Keesee (my boss at Frontline) spoke on Tuesday night on “Lambs among Wolves: Making Sense of Persecution”; and Matthew Hoskinson (from NYC) spoke on Wednesday on “Wicked Cities, Half-Hearted Messengers, and Sovereign Mercy.” The sermons should all be available soon on SermonAudio.com soon, if they aren’t already.

God Lovingly Pursues Us When We Fail: Peter…Again

Read John 21.

I. Jesus Uses You Where You Are.

Jesus can use you where you are on this earth as long as you are honest with who and where you are and humble yourself. The most important thing on earth to Jesus is His sheep. Sometimes he has to reorient us, like he did for Peter. Every task can only be done through Christ. He doesn’t ask for perfection. He asks for humility and honesty.

II. Jesus Makes You What You Want To Be.

How? The answer: “Follow Jesus.” John 13, Peter says he would die for Christ, and though he wasn’t ready then, he would be. In the end Peter was martyred by crucifixion for Christ’s sake. Jesus says, “Follow me.” Don’t worry about the other guys; it’s not worth comparing. “The Christian life is about direction not perfection.”

Jesus looks at a “failure” and says, “I can use you now.” There may be consequences to sin and He may not use you in the same way as you were used before, but He can use any of us wherever we are physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally. In I Peter 5:1-4, Peter exhorts others humbly to shepherd the flock of God, just as Christ had exhorted him to feed His sheep. At the end of the day, Christ is the Chief Shepherd; we are at best his undershepherds. God is the God of Second Chances ad infinitum. Praise be to God!

To listen to Dr. Doug Finkbeiner’s full sermon, click here.

Shared at the Heritage Bible Church Adult Retreat 2010 at the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center.