Sunday, May 2, 2010

Good morning, Ohio

I've been intentionally refraining from posting much on the blog over the past several weeks.  Our family recently made a transition to another ministry--leaving behind a church body that we deeply love and care for and embracing a new work that has been set before us (by the way, I was recently told that nearly 70% of all pastor transitions happen because of conflict with the church. What a sweet privilege it is to be part of the 30%!).

In a few hours I will preach my first sermon as pastor of Grace Chapel. As with every occasion to preach, I am overwhelmed and trembling with the responsibility that lays before me in teaching God's Word, and ever conscious of Christ, whose name I am commanded to boldly proclaim. 'What is man that Thou art mindful of him?' Who is this preacher whom You, O God, would trust with this great task?

This morning my encouragement (and yours) is found in James 4:10, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.".  I'm reminded of a Spurgeon quote, "Ah beloved! It is not high thoughts of ourselves that prove us to be Christians; it is lying humbly in the dust before the mercy-seat that is one of the sure signs that we are children of God."

So, Ohio----Good morning, be humbled before your God, and be lifted up in His presence.


  1. Josh,
    I trust that you have a great Lord's Day as well as a long and blessed ministry in your new venue.

  2. Thanks for humbly obeying God's call. Thanks for being.

  3. May God richly bless you and Amy as you continue to humbly serve Him in this new position. What a great name...Grace Chapel.