This weekend I had the honor of partnering with the LifePoint church family in celebrating and releasing our beloved pastor, John Jackson, and his beautiful wife, Pam. He has faithfully served here in Carson Valley as the founding pastor for 12 years now, and in that time he has blessed lives tremendously. The biggest impression that the Lord left with me throughout this heart-wrenching, yet joy-filled week, were the words; LEGACY, INSPIRATION, & ENCOURAGEMENT. Our pastor and his wife have ministered to many hearts over the years, and the stories I heard were deeply moving. Stories of people whose lives have been transformed for Christ, stories of people who were on a dead end street, stories of people who were in deep pain and crisis, stories of people who swore they would never step foot in a church...and all of these people have been deeply impacted by JESUS in Pastor John. I will miss them tremendously, as they have been instrumental in my walk with Christ, in helping me embrace that which God has called me to, and in helping me turn from sin.
But the truth is that in the midst of the sorrow is an excitement...a holy expectation, excitement for what our new pastor, Bill McCready refers to as "the next miracle". Through the 3 services this weekend, my mind drifted to Pocatello Idaho where our new pastor was busy preaching his last sermon there, where I am sure that their congregation was walking thru the same emotional roller coaster as they said goodbye to him and his wife Beth. I am sure that their were similar stories in that church, stories of changed lives impacted by JESUS in the McCready's.
So, although I am grieving, and some moments flat out ugly crying... I am also celebrating the arrival of Bill McCready. Because, although our pastor has changed...there is one constant, One who is unchanging...and His name is Jesus! I know that Lifepoint belongs to Jesus and that He is the one who orchestrated Pastor John's calling to Roseville California and Pastor Bill's to the Carson Valley. I also know that our new pastor has JESUS in HIm....so I press on with excitement, confidence, and passion for this valley and for new vision and a BRAND NEW MIRACLE!!! I am anxious to get behind the McCready's leadership and see what God has in store!
GREATER THINGS HAVE YET TO COME.....for both Roseville and Carson Valley! Praise be to God the Father of us all!!