Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Stop Trying

Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
There's a lot that God has taught me recently. Most of which centers around His love for me. I don't want to preach at you, but this realization has had the largest impact on my life since I first became a Christian.

Do you know what a relief it is to not have to try anymore? To not try to earn God's love, to not try to gain His acceptance, to not try to be good and do better, to not try to earn others' approval? I haven't given up on following Christ in obedience, but it's not about gaining God's love anymore. I know I have His acceptance and love and because it doesn't change, I can't get any more love by "being good".

Instead, obedience is about His best for me. I know God has my best in mind whenever anything happens that feels out of control. And I know that following Him will ultimately lead to my best. So while this journey is all about God and glorifying Him, I know that I'm taken care of. This is a blessing and a comfort.

And it's all backed up by Christ.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." - John 10:10
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8 
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

One week in Boston

The T subway station
Davis Square, Somerville, MA
I don't have anything insightful for you, but I've survived my first week in Boston - but not really in Boston. I live in Somerville, a town within thirty minutes of Boston by the T (the public transportation system).

The flight out here was decent. I took a red eye at 11 pm from SeaTac and arrived in Boston at 4 am PST, 7 am EST. The first day was a doozy. My roommate took me grocery shopping and we walked Davis Square, where we're hoping to plant the church.

For the past week I have been job searching, hanging out with the church peeps and my roomies, watching Netflix, and getting to know the T.

What I can tell you from this short time: Boston has something happening all the time. This past weekend, there were no less than four festivals happening just in Somerville (an area that is 4.2 square miles according to Google).  And there are produce markets all over the place on the weekend.

There are about sixty universities and colleges in Boston proper. Which completely smashes Bellingham's informal title of a 'college town'. Harvard, Cambridge, Suffolk, Tufts, Emerson, MIT - all are in Boston.

There is rich soil for the Gospel.

Cambridge Carnival outfit

Monday, August 26, 2013


Many of you have heard that I will be moving to Boston at the end of August. If you haven't heard, well, now you've read it (if you want to hear it, read it out loud next time).

Boston itself is not the destination. The journey is following God as He directs. God doesn't always speak with such clear intent to me as He did through His Holy Spirit a few months ago. In something more visceral than words, God told me to go to Boston to help Redeemer Bellingham plant a new church in the Somerville area.

You're probably wondering how He said something so specific without using words. Well, He wasn't that specific. I was sitting in church, not quite listening to the sermon about serving God, when Boston was brought up and I felt an urge, not from myself, to go. I immediately questioned it and wondered if what I thought I couldn't do was something God was empowering me to do. And God definitely catered to my analytical mind: everything lined up for me to leave and go make disciples in a completely different area.

And He keeps proving to me how He has done all the work: prepared me, prepared the journey. I am so thankful that He was clear. I'm sure He knew if the destination wasn't crystal clear, I would still be wandering, trying to find my place in Washington.

So here I am, at the dawn of my great journey in God's story.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
-Matthew 28:18-20