GOD OF MIRACLES
It’s 4am Sunday, January 21, 2018 and my aching body has me back in the hot tub. My medication has actually been keeping my nerve pain bearable for 3 days straight. I just simply have issues that apart from a miracle just won’t be healing this side of heaven. But, I believe in miracles because I recognize many today.
You see, it was 6 years ago God put heavy on my heart a calling to start a church called Refuge in Walterboro, SC. A church that would do anything short of sin to reach the over 30,000 unchurched & lost folks throughout Colleton County. A church where everybody is somebody. Where you can always come as you are, but never leave the same.
In April 2013 my wife and I stepped out on faith and rented out the Colleton County Recreation Center on Sunday nights. We setup for worship and childcare trusting God to do a great work. Several months later we still only had a handful of people. I remember my wife lovingly saying, “You know if this doesn’t work out it doesn’t mean you’ve failed.” I remember another dear friend as he saw my fatigue and disappointment saying, “Please know I will do anything to help this mission go forward. Just don’t quit this area needs this church.” So, we kept plugging along faithfully with expectant faith.
Four years ago in January 2014 we launched Sunday worship. From that point forward we’ve never looked back. Sunday services have been full of people desperate for Jesus. Every single week to this day we’ve seen life changing miracles that most never dreamed possible.
We’ve seen the prisoner, addict, suicidal, shattered, hopeless, helpless, broken, and most desperate find a church family where they can belong. We’ve seen many give their lives to Jesus. Hundreds have walked through the doors.
We’ve now held worship in four different places from a picnic shelter, meeting room, gymnasium, and now in a business center. We’re now the largest weekly “attended” church in the area after four years of seeing God do miracles.
There has never been a Sunday not well attended. We have two identical Sunday services 9:15 and 11am at 203 Eddie Chasteen Dr, Walterboro, SC. And while we will see a few hundred today I know the best is yet to come. What really blows my mind is when I realize all God has done without me and despite me. Knowing I’ve been in rehab for most of the past four years and barely able to even make Sundays to preach. It only confirms the miracles to me. GOD IS GREAT, GOD IS FAITHFUL, GOD IS ABLE, and GOD IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED.
So, even in your pain don’t doubt God’s ability. Continue to seek Him, serve Him, and honor Him. And I promise you He will bless your socks off with His abilities amidst your inabilities. You can count on miracles beyond what you can see!
“Jesus said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” -Luke 18:27
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21