Victory In The Cross

“Oh Victory In Jesus, My Savior Forever. He sought me and He bought me with His redeeming blood!”

Today is a day I will never forget. In fact, to do so would be a total slap in God’s face. I’m laying here once again with my legs killing me and nerve pain running wild throughout my lower body. However, I can actually smile through the pain. Not a fake smile, but a real liberating knowing God has a plan smile.

I’ve been in ministry for 25 years. I’ve been closer to having to call it quits due to my physical health for over two years. Any little thing I do or say takes all I have to offer. I’ve finally embraced my new humble position. I spend more time in prayer and God’s Word than ever before. I still pray for a miracle healing of my body. But, mainly I’ve prayed desperately that my lack of ability would not hinder the work God called me to do years ago.

The church I pastor in my eyes has seemed at a stand still for the past few years due to my health. Worship services are full of people every Sunday, but nowhere close to the huge vision God gave me. All that God changed today will make the difference in thousands of lives. While flat on my back today God has raised up an army.

Seemingly overnight Refuge Church is moving from just a place of worship to an outreaching machine. We will soon have countless Care Groups all rallied around common ground, struggles, and interest. There will be groups to encourage the grieved, addicted, heartbroken, pet lovers, golfers, sports fanatics, fishermen, bible hungry, prayer warriors, lonely, depressed, battling cancer, special needs, mental illness, single mothers, fighting chronic pain, and those just needing a friend in their season of life. Refuge is a place for anyone who truly wants God to use them to set the world on fire for Jesus.

For many this will just be another article written. But, for me it’s a huge reminder that God can do anything even without me. Literally fifteen new groups led by God called, passionate leaders will start in less than two months. And, years from now people will be flocking to Colleton County to observe this God led mission called Refuge Church. We will reach over a thousand active worshippers and one day have over one hundred different care groups all over. Then, we will trust God once again to do the impossible above and beyond what we can fathom. God literally did things today I have had vision of Him doing 14 years ago. I give Him all the glory! Many will soon say only God could do such a work.

“Some plant, some water, but God brings the growth.”
(1 Corinthians 3:6)

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