Two Weeks Away


“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:4)

In December of 2009, I met with Pastor Chuck Smith. I shared with him about a study we had started in San Clemente and how we believed God was calling us to start a Calvary Chapel in San Clemente. When we looked at the map, there were no Calvary Chapels in this area. Pastor Chuck encouraged us to “go for it” and prayed for us. Shortly after that we began prayer meetings at the home of Chris and Linda Arce. Those were rich times of prayer and worship where the values of Worship LIfe were born. We started looking for a place to meet on Sunday mornings and God led us to Vista Del Mar School. We were approved in 2 weeks over Christmas vacation. We didn’t know this was unusual. We just followed the proceedures were were asked to follow and God gave us favor. The rest is history.

I was recently asked by a friend of mine who planted a church in Twikenham, England by the name of Rob Dingman, what have you learned through this process. What came to my mind is that I’ve learned about God’s love and grace. When I was in the school of ministry, Pastor Chuck shared about how God provided for his family. They were amazing stories, but I never believed that God would ever care for me like that. Howver, through this church plant we’ve seen God provide in ways that have blown our minds. I knew God loved me intellectually, but now I’ve experienced His love on a whole new level.

How often do we go into something thinking I’m going to do something great for God and through the process we discover that God is doing something great in us? God is more interested in what He does to us than what He does through us. He didn’t save us to use us, but He saved us so that we could have relationship with Him. Sometimes God uses the things we are most passionate about to get to our hearts where He can give us a greater revelation of His love for us. Let Him.

Roxie and I are praying for you…
P.S. MARK YOUR CALENDARS… Our 1 year celebration is February 13, 2011. We have special music with recording artist Chris Lizotte and a special word of encouragement from Pastor John Milhouse from Calvary Chapel Moreno Valley. We also have some surprises that we will be sharing throughout the morning. Look forward to celebrating with you.

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