Words cannot adequately convey how grateful I am for you. Your love, care, and support of me and my family over the last five years have been a radiant example of God’s grace in our life. I praise God for you.
As you’ve come to know me, you know that I am an overwhelmingly forward-looking person. Indeed, we walk by faith in the ever-faithful God who meets us in every situation with grace sufficient. We are sojourners in this world, pressing on toward our heavenly home.
So as I prepare to leave for the bluegrass state, I want to leave you with not only my deepest gratitude, but also a vision for what our faithful God has in store for us in 2015.
While the specifics are yet to be revealed, this much I know: “for those who love God all things work together for good” (Rom. 8:28). All good, all the time. This is what God promises those who are in Christ Jesus. And because this promise was purchased with the very blood of God’s Son, it is sure and certain. “This cup that is poured out for you,” Jesus says, “is the new covenant in My blood” (Luke 22:20). Because of the cross we can sing with David “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Ps. 23:6). This, of course, does not mean a year absent trials. Suffering will come. But we know when we find ourselves in the valley of the shadow of death our faithful Lord will be with us, guiding our every step toward green pastures.
Great is Thy faithfulness. That is our vision not only for 2015, but forever.
Thank you Immanuel Bible Church for being God’s grace in our life. As I’ve said on many occasions, you make pastoring a true joy. I miss you already and long for the day when we will be together again.
With the affection of Christ for you,