The Lord has a funny way of doing things. We could probably all share our stories about how God has moved in our lives. I wanted to share what has been happening in mine for about the last 6 months.
Last year, I wrote about how we felt led by the Lord to shut down our home church. We had church in our home for 17 years. We saw and experienced many cool moves of God during that time, but after 17 years, my wife and I felt it was time to head in another direction.
We closed the church down in December 2014. I was really enjoying not having to prepare sermons and music every week. It seemed like I had all the time in the world on Sunday mornings. Around February, the Lord started “messing” with me. Because I have this website, I had a natural outlet and started writing messages/articles of a spiritual nature. You can read some of them here. When that didn’t seem enough, I started doing videos. I even bought a nice mic for the audio. However, that didn’t seem to satisfy what the Lord was doing inside of my heart.
Around Spring Break, things kind of broke loose and I felt a real urgency to seek God. Although I didn’t completely share what was going on at the time, I was really feeling impressed to study and learn more about End Times Prophecy. I wrote, “It Shook Me to the Core. Why I’m Rethinking Everything!” during this time.
I knew God was doing something, I just didn’t have any clear direction. We were praying and reading our Bibles like never before. At one point we made sure everyone had their passports, just in case the Lord was leading us to another country. I considered moving out of Texas and would take a church in a rural setting or work bi-vocational as an educator and pastor if that was what the Lord was doing…but we never felt anything for sure. I really didn’t think that I would start the school year in my current position as an assistant principal, but I did.
It wasn’t until late November that a pastor friend called me about a church in Katy, Texas. Katy is a suburb of Houston (where I live). The church needed a pastor.
I asked my friend to setup a time when I could go preach and meet everyone. I preached the first time at Focus Church on Dec. 6, 2015. I’ve been doing so ever since. I was officially made the pastor in Feb. 2016. I’ve got to say that I’m glad we prayed and waited on the Lord to lead us to Focus. You can listen to one of my recent sermons here – Sermon: Shine.
Before the church leaders had me preach, they looked me up online and found my website, Prepper Website. To my excitement, they were not scared away. In fact, many of them “have their eyes open” and “know the times” if you know what I mean.
As a result of my position and the acceptance of the preparedness mindset at the church, I plan on doing a Preparedness Seminar sometime in September. The focus will be:
- To provide information for those wanting to get prepared.
- To provide an opportunity for preppers to discuss and ask specific questions of others who are knowledgable in a certain field: essential oils, firearms, ham radio, etc…
- To provide an opportunity for preppers to meet others in the Houston area, especially those who seek to get to know preppers of faith.
I am very aware that many Christian Preppers go to churches where they are laughed at or ostreticized for their desire to be prepared. I wish they had different experiences. Preparedness is not anti-faith at all. Pastors and others who say that just don’t get it, buy into the normalcy bias or are truly scared and don’t want to think about it.
If you are in the Houston area and you’re looking for a church that preaches the Word, I would love for you to visit Focus Church. Even if you have to drive a little bit, I believe it is worth it.
If you are in the Houston area and would like to receive more information about the Preparedness Seminar I mentioned above, you can sign-up for an email notice as we release more information.