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I think pretty much everybody knows that we moved to the west coast almost 2 years ago (well, if you didn't know before, you do now  ). We moved out here to be a help to my mother, who lost my dad 5 y

Well, the vote was held. And it was unanimous - in favor. So my husband is now pastor of our church. I'm not sure either of us has really wrapped our heads around that, but it's sinking in.... Pl

We got back from church just a bit ago. The vote was 14 yea, 4 nay. The constitution that the church was under at the time of the vote required 3/4 majority. And so Randy is now permanent pastor.  

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That little church needed a leader and the Lord brought them one, Randy!  Praise the Lord.  Now only Randy and the Lord know if he was brought there to Shepherd the church or to get it ready for a Shepherd.

Thanks for sharing!  Now, what about those babies we've been praying for?

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One of the things that a couple of the men on the search committee have been ignoring is that Randy told them he believes God would have him start as interim pastor. It's a long reason, but in a nutshell they've been without a pastor for a number of years and he believes God would have him approach it in this manner as a protection for them. He has spoken to both our former pastor and the church's founding pastor and both are in agreement with him.

One of the men is concerned that Randy will decide not to become the permanent pastor if he begins as interim. The concern is not necessary, but, again, they've been without a pastor for so long it is understandable. Randy had wanted a longer period of interim and the committee only wanted a month. =D  Well, after time spent in prayer, 90 days was agreed upon. So, on Sunday they will vote (well, we, since I'm a member ;) ) for him as interim with the understanding that in 90 days it will be revisited. This will give them the opportunity to discover if they really want Randy's leadership and teaching/preaching. I believe they will, but I do see much wisdom in how Randy is approaching this.

Continued prayer is appreciated. We will be hitting the ground running - or, rather, running a bit faster than we've already begun.

We designed a church brochure that is mostly a tract, because there isn't a lot of information for the church just yet, other than service times, location, and the ladies' lunch/men's prayer breakfast. We had them printed professionally (and the members were thrilled at the quality of the job done). We ordered 200 of them. Randy has begun a visitation program, and we've been using them. Most Saturdays he takes out one of the men and I take out one of the women for an hour in the morning, and then we each take another out in the afternoon, working on training them. We are almost at the point where two of the ladies are ready to take a silent partner out themselves! Yay! Anyway, we only have 10 left! 

We've not had any visitors as a result of our going out, nor have we seen anyone saved yet. But! We have several who are interested and want us to come back.  Hubs is in the process of teaching how to disciple now.

There is no set Sunday School class because there are no children who attend. (But there was a really good visit this past Saturday - with twins!).  There have been kids once in a while, but there isn't a curriculum. And so one of my jobs right now is to create a curriculum. Thankfully, I have the curriculum our former church created. While we can't use it as is (it's for individual grades, and we won't likely need that for a while), it is a good jumping off point for me. I have the first 7 weeks mostly done.

I will begin one-on-one teaching of a young lady who is struggling to understand a good bit of Scripture. Hubs is going to have me meet with her during Sunday School - I would appreciate prayer for wisdom to know exactly how to approach this and teach her.

And I have to work on piano...I took lessons for a number of years, but have never gotten to the point where I can play well. But now I have to. We have a piano player, but she is elderly and has health issues. Prayer regarding that would be very greatly appreciated (in all honestly, I'd love to see a song leader whose wife is a pianist join the church!).

Hubs will still need to work because the church is small. He will be pulled in a number of directions, with working, pastoring, and taking care of the property here.  I'm not going to be seeing much of him, as he's going to be spending a lot of time studying. So, our lives are definitely in the process of changing. Big time.

Thanks for the prayer.

 

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This is great news for you, and I think for that church.

Working a job on the side is hard but most of us have had to do it.

We still use an introduction tracts that is mostly evangelistic. 

Our is an a4 trifold that has a cover panel, 4 panels of witness, and the last panel is dot points of what we believe, and location and times.

This is our main "invitation tract", but I have a number of "witnessing tracts" that we use individually.

My daughter plays piano for us and she is good, but there are still a few hymns she can't play or struggles with - we still song them, just without accompaniment. Don't be afraid to do that - it can be great.

In fact we normally sing Amazing Grace accapella even though my daughter can play it.

But it is great to have the choice. Keep working at it.

Such a blessing to read this.

Thanks!

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I am sure your husband knows what he is doing in seeking an interim first.  It also sounds like you are excited also. All of us hope the best for you, Randy, and the folks at the church. It is going to be exciting to hear how God uses you two to help the church grow in souls saved and taught.

May the Lord bless you all.

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Thanks for the update LuAnne. This is certainly  blessing to hear. I am impressed by randy's wisdom in this matter of starting as interim pastor. After all, not one knows Randy's call better than he does. His decision also shows wisdom because he is very knowledgeable regarding this church. I am sure that in the next 90 days God will make His will known to both Randy and the church.

Continuing in earnest prayer for both of you in this time of seeking God's will in this matter.

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We're supposed to judge, according to the scriptures!  How else can we be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine?

 

Congratulations!  Those folks sure took their sweet time, I knew it all along!  Now clean house and bring in the sheep! 

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10 hours ago, swathdiver said:

We're supposed to judge, according to the scriptures!  How else can we be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine?

 

Congratulations!  Those folks sure took their sweet time, I knew it all along!  Now clean house and bring in the sheep! 

Yes, but sadly far too many people - even Christians (and the mother of this young lady is not a Christian...although the young lady professed, I'm not convinced she is saved due to some things I can't go into) - do not understand anything about what the Bible actually teaches about judging.  It's an easy out for folks who want to do just whatever they please. 

Thanks, swath. Randy is actually pleased that they took the time they did (although we were pretty sure all along, too). Because they've been without a pastor for so long, they wanted to rush into calling him, but he wanted them to take it slower, pray about it, and get counsel. I don't know if they sought counsel, but they did slow down and pray more about it. As it is, one of the men thinks the church is moving too fast - but I think his big issue is he doesn't want to go out soulwinning. =D But that's ok...my hubs has a LONG list of things to be teaching them, and as he teaches and the Holy Spirit convicts, things will change. 

He's thinking about starting on prayer on Wednesday nights.  What they've been doing is reading through the Old Testament and answering questions during the week, and then going over the answers on Wed. night and then having prayer time. I've enjoyed the reading - and I love answering questions - and we finished Jeremiah for this coming Wed. But they need some teaching, so things will change after that. And we're going to have a list of requests, rather than everyone just rattling off requests. Far too many of the folks like to give nitty-gritty details, and then other folks interrupt and ask questions and then conversations get going that are not in any way related to prayer requests. What should be a 10-minute time period extends sometimes to an hour...

Yes, it has been confusion. But that's to be expected without a shepherd. Hubs is going to begin an actual Bible study (as I said, probably on prayer to begin), and then we will break up into groups (to start, just two - men, and ladies) so that things will be less chaotic. 

We are thankful that this core of folks have been determined to keep this church going. God's definitely going to bless them for their steadfastness. I think He's begun that by having my hubs become their pastor (not one bit of bias there, you understand =D ).

 

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With a shepherd in the house now that young lady has a good chance of getting saved now and discipled properly; and her mother too!

Remember, the wise in heart receive commandments, the fools make a mock of sin.

The lost love to reference Matthew 7:1 while ignoring verse 2 and the rest of scripture on judging others.

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On 7/2/2017 at 10:53 PM, HappyChristian said:

Well, the vote was held. And it was unanimous - in favor. So my husband is now pastor of our church. I'm not sure either of us has really wrapped our heads around that, but it's sinking in....

Please do be in prayer for wisdom for him. There are a few negative things he needs to do almost right away. I say negative because it involves stopping things that have gone on that aren't right  but have become accepted. He's very patient and will explain things thoroughly, but I know some people will be hurt. 

The young lady I was going to be meeting with will not be meeting with me. She decided that I was judging her when I told her she needed to be consistent in attending if we were going to do this. I'm still waiting on a call from her mother, who also feels I was judging her.  The young lady has said she won't be back. I'm sorry to hear that, but the Lord can work on her heart.

 

That is great to hear about the new position. Trish and I will be praying for you guys. Your husband looks the same since we last seen you guys. :)

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1 hour ago, BroMatt said:

That is great to hear about the new position. Trish and I will be praying for you guys. Your husband looks the same since we last seen you guys. :)

Thanks for the prayer - we pray for you guys, too. I'll let Randy know he hasn't aged any. =D He'll appreciate that! 

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So here is a recent picture.  We are beginning a scrapbook so that members can look back and see photographic evidence of how God has worked. This photo was taken July 30. There are 4 members not pictured (2 are shut-ins and 2 are photo-phobic). 

Lighthouse Baptist Church July 23 2017.jpg

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Our old church was called Lighthouse.

We got so many lighthouse trinkets..........

Every gift that anyone bought was a lighthouse.....:laugh:

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18 minutes ago, DaveW said:

Our old church was called Lighthouse.

We got so many lighthouse trinkets..........

Every gift that anyone bought was a lighthouse.....:laugh:

Here, too. Pictures of lighthouses all over the place. Thankfully some have been taken down and taken home or elsewhere. 

We did get the fathers a lighthouse key chain for Father's Day. LOL But it was a nice one that says Jesus is the Light.

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I have a missionaru friend who used to say that he wanted to call a church "Gold Baptist Church", because then when people bought him a gift it would be gold. :laugh: (He was joking of course).

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