IT’S ON!!!

Hello Everyone,

 

For those who may not know, Sunday January 28th Valley Gate Church moved into a new facility. We celebrated our two-year anniversary in our new home. We trust God will use us, and this building, to advance His Kingdom, raise up disciples, and train leaders.  Leading up to the 28th, I shared thoughts, lessons learned, and revelation from the years of planting this church leading up our move in.

 

I pray this encourages or inspires you to build something for Jesus.

 

IT’S ON!!!

 

Today marks the two year anniversary of Valley Gate church, and man am I excited!!! Less than three years ago I stood with my family as Pastor Donnell Jones (my pastor, friend, and confidant) announced we’d be leaving Washington D.C. to return to Phoenix, Arizona (my home) to plant Valley Gate Church. Before that moment I sat with my back to the congregation, crying, because only minutes before I had whispered in the ear of Kofi Essel we were leaving because I wanted him to hear it from me first.  I didn’t realize how hard it would be to stand before the faces of those I had come to love with every fiber of my being and tell them, “We’re leaving you.”

 

I cried my way through the first service as I tried to share the vision God placed in my heart for Phoenix. I’m certain my words made no sense because my emotions had taken over. As I looked over the congregation there were so many stories of lives changed, examples of faithfulness to God, pictures of hope, and testimonies of blessings. The amazing part was that I had the privilege of being a part of those stories. This realization gave me the focus that I needed. The announcement during second service was much smoother because God reminded me of the reason He was calling me home to Phoenix.

 

Phoenix is the place of my birth but more importantly, it’s the fuel for my passion. God called me from one of the most powerful cities in the world to the forty eighth state in America, to share the Good News of Christ. He brought me back to the scene of the crime, the place of my greatest pain, the residence where I resisted Him most, to show how much He’s changed me. It is here that God has commissioned me to reach my city, state, nation, and the world for Christ. Phoenix is not my resting place, it’s my launching pad.

 

In two short years He has shown me glimpses of what He has in store for His people. I’m grateful to be the one to help the people of Phoenix debunk the lie that God’s greatest is not for them. He’s opening spiritual eyes, setting captives free, delivering those in bondage, and raising them up to make a Kingdom difference. I’m honored that He called me to be a part of this process.

 

Today as I turned and looked, I did not see Kofi but I saw other stories of redemption, restoration, hope, and great potential. I saw my spiritual family. The faces were different from those in DC but the spiritual DNA was the same. We have the blood of Christ that cleanses and empowers us to live faithfully and fearlessly for Him. We are called to be disciples and to make disciples who will change the world.  For this reason I say, “IT’S ON!”

 

When IT’S ON your address may change but your people and purpose never do!!!

 

LET’S DO THIS FOR JESUS FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

 

Thank you to each person who’s helped VGC get to year two!!!!

 

I love you,

 

Darryl Morrison



There’s Still Work To Be Done

Good Morning Everyone,

For those who may not know, this Sunday January 28th Valley Gate Church will move into a new facility. We will celebrate our two-year anniversary in our new home where we trust God will use us, and this building, to advance His Kingdom, raise up disciples, and train leaders.  Leading up to the 28th I plan on sharing various thoughts, lessons learned, and revelation from the years of planting this church leading up our move in.

I pray this can encourage or inspire you to build something for Jesus.

 

There’s Still Work To Be Done

Last night a number of our VGC family members joined forces to help move furniture and equipment into our new building. Our 26 ft U-haul, filled with chairs, was unloaded by a group of men and teens; while our multi-purpose room was filled with men and women assembling chairs and tables. The children’s rooms were bustling with mothers and their children putting together chairs and tables for their rooms, while the sanctuary was busy with projectors being installed, floors swept and new lights and lighting equipment being tested. This morning from 8-10 am we joined again to clean, set up chairs, and put the final touches on the church in preparation for tomorrow.
 
I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be a part of a group of people committed to making God’s house the best it can be for our anniversary service. Many stayed long after our expected end time to make sure all was complete. Moments like these strengthen relational bonds, and move us beyond being churchgoers to brothers and sisters in Christ. I witnessed this take place last night and again this morning.
 
As we look forward to Sunday service tomorrow in our new facility I realize, the move is not the culmination, it’s the commencement. We’ve not ended, we’re just beginning.  You’ll look around on Sunday and realize “There’s still more work to be done.” More lighting needs to be added and fixtures changed. The paint needs to be touched up and the bathrooms still need work. I took note of all that needs to be done and thought, “There is still more work to do.”
  
We haven’t reached our fundraising goal for the building.  However, with less than $20,000.00 to go, we thank God for blessing us with the resources to build His house. To those who committed to this goal in faith, let’s believe God for the resources you need to give. For those who satisfied their commitment, let’s ask Him for more to reach our goal. As I’ve said, “This building project is about trusting God with our resources and watching Him do the amazing with it.” Financially, there’s still work to be done.
 
This building project reminds me of how much God loves us. He saves us, delivers us, and places us in His family, when in our lives “there’s still work to be done.” He sees the many areas in our lives that still require some touching up, but doesn’t relent from allowing others to benefit from our gifts and talents. He invites us into the presence of His people when He knows there remain blemishes and stains that need to be covered. Our God is an amazing builder who knows every nook and cranny in our lives. He covers our past mistakes, and knocks down the old walls that separated us from Him, to make more space for His glory to fill our lives.
 
He knows there remains more work to be done in our lives and His church, yet still allows us to shine the light of His glory as bright as we can. When we join together tomorrow morning at 10:30 am, in our new facility, at 1445 W. Southern Avenue. Tempe, AZ 85282 let’s do so with this in mind:
 
1.     There’s More To Be Done: We have so much more to do.

2.     There’s More We Can Do: We have so much to give.

3.     There’s More Grace: We have been given so much from God.
 
Come ready to worship our Lord, with exuberant praise, as we give thanks for all He’s done and all He’s going to do.
 
I can’t wait to see you there!!!!
 
IT’S ON!!
 
Blessings,

Darryl Morrison | Lead Pastor
Valley Gate Church



I’ll Bless You with One

Good Morning Everyone,

For those who may not know, this Sunday January 28th Valley Gate Church will move into a new facility. We will celebrate our two-year anniversary in our new home where we trust God will use us, and this building, to advance His Kingdom, raise up disciples, and train leaders. Leading up to the 28th I plan on sharing various thoughts, lessons learned, and revelation from the years of planting this church leading up our move in.

 

I pray this can encourage or inspire you to build something for Jesus.

 

I’ll Bless You with One

 

We often take for granted the incredible act of childbirth by assuming God’s majestic work is nothing more than a normal act. Bringing life into the world is a supernatural miracle, as Jo Ann and I can attest to.

 

Many years ago we realized were having difficulties conceiving, so I encouraged Jo Ann to see a doctor to help with her problem. After returning with a clean bill of health my mother-in-law suggested I see a doctor. I knew a fine, strong, strapping young man like me had no problems, so I confidently set the appointment expecting news that I was perfectly fine. Afterwards my confidence quickly turned to fear, as my initial check-up required a follow up meeting with an IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) Specialist.

 

After a myriad of tests the results were in and the news wasn’t good. It was confirmed that the conception problem was mine. My doctor calmly explained, “You have a low sperm count and there is an acrosome reaction issue.” At that time the lowest number of sperm he knew to produce pregnancy was 21 million, and I had 18 million. If that weren’t good enough, my acrosome reaction (look it up) was not reacting. My sperm was not attaching to the egg to initiate fertilization. This news rocked me.

 

Here I am a professional athlete, supposedly a celebrity, money (not a lot), living the dream, yet confronted with the fact that life wasn’t coming through me. I could give my wife many of the things she desired but not the one thing she desperately wanted, a child. This crushed us, sending our fairy tale life into a tailspin. We cried when Pampers commercials came on, and held back sadness when we saw newborn babies. That was until my wife did something “stupid crazy.” After one of our IVF appointments she brazenly bought a car seat. “Are you kidding me?,” I’m thinking, “didn’t you hear the man say I can’t produce a child and you buy a car seat?” That’s when it changed for us because she invited faith into our home.

 

Soon after as I read my Bible, I stumbled upon a story of a woman unable to have children and who, like us, was deeply wounded and distraught. Instead of getting mad at God she prayed, and He blessed her with a son named Samuel. (1 Samuel 1). Minutes after reading this story I heard an internal voice say, “Darryl, if you pray and ask me for a child, I’ll bless you with one.” I thought I was crazy but sensed something so real. Rather than ignore, I obliged and begin to pray while lying in the bed looking to the ceiling. This time He said, “Get on your knees.” Afraid that Jo Ann might see, I waited until she went downstairs then got on my knees and began to pray as Hannah did in the Bible. To my surprise, after praying, nothing happened. No voice, no tingling feeling, and surely no light from heaven.

 

I had nothing to hold on to but the voice that spoke, and the words He uttered. It remained difficult for us for us months until I heard the voice again. As I walked upstairs in our hallway, He said, “She’s pregnant and she’s pregnant right now!” I was both excited and fearful at the same time. There’s no way I could ignore this voice, but how was I to tell my wife she was pregnant because God told me so? I stupidly chose the latter and my crazy wife accepted my explanation. She didn’t believe me as much as she believed it was God speaking to me.

 

To make a long story longer, it was her time of the month as we left Virginia for an out of town trip. When we returned from our conference there were no signs of her cycle kicking in. We rushed to the Wal-Mart, purchased a pregnancy test, ran home and to our great joy the test revealed ‘PREGNANT’!!! Early the next morning (Monday) I called the doctor to tell him the great news, only to have him strongly discourage us from believing this pregnancy was real. Though he had his test results in hand to support his claim, I politely declined his help.

 

I had to hold on to the words I heard from God over the words of my world renowned doctor. I had to have faith in “I’ll Bless You with One” over “there is none”. For those who know us, you know God not only blessed us with one, He has blessed us with 5 beautiful children. When Jo Ann bought that car seat she invited faith into our barren situation, and when God spoke, He brought Faith (our daughter) into our lives. Next He gave us Samuel (inspired by the story of Hannah in the Bible), and then He gave us Grace, Naomi, and Benjamin.

 

Soon my prayer became, “God, you’ve blessed us enough.” “You can stop, please!!!”

 

He truly blessed us with one, “and some.”

 

For those living in a barren situation let me encourage with a few things:

 

1. Invite faith in: Trust God and make a bold move of faith. It may seem stupid to others but it’s reasonable to God.

2. Birth it through prayer: Our motto is, “everything birthed through us has been birthed through prayer.” Pour out your soul to God and ask Him to do what only He can do.

3. Hold on to His Words: Others will discourage you with their facts, but if He spoke it, hold on to His Word.

 

Time to Birth something amazing!!!

 

IT’S ON!!!

 

Blessings,

Darryl Morrison



Light Bulbs and the Baptismal Pit

Good Morning Everyone,

For those who may not know, this Sunday January 28th Valley Gate Church will move into a new facility. We will celebrate our two-year anniversary in our new home where we trust God will use us, and this building, to advance His Kingdom, raise up disciples, and train leaders. Leading up to the 28th I plan on sharing various thoughts, lessons learned, and revelation from the years of planting this church leading up our move in.

 

I pray this can encourage or inspire you to build something for Jesus.

 

Light Bulbs and the Baptismal Pit

 

Nowadays ministry seems appealing to some who haven’t the least bit of understanding what this calling truly entails. In the world of social media, selfies, cool light shows, and everything going viral, some have fallen for lure of celebrity over luxury of service. Pastors look cool in their skirt shirts, tight pants, cool sneakers, and trendy jackets. Tattoos and cool haircuts have taken over the more modest and conservative look. As one who enjoys defying odds, 

and breaking trends I have no problem with how a minister looks, but what concerns me is what our congregants and young up-and-coming pastors and leaders see.

 

In speaking with young leaders I find some are more enamored with standing before packed stadiums and preaching cool sermons, than with sharing the Gospel. They find it cool being the pastor of someone famous, over shepherding the obscure individual who’s unknown. I have no problem with serving the masses and elite, as long as our service continues to be driven by ministry to all. I learned this lesson early on with light bulbs and a baptismal pit.

 

A few years after my football career ended due to a neck injury, while climbing the corporate ladder in Human Resources Management, my pastor asked me the most ridiculous question one could ever ask. Darryl, he said, “Would you be willing to leave your job, take a $30K pay cut for a full time ministry position?” I politely declined and he politely encouraged me to keep praying. This preposterous offer remained on the table as I gladly “volunteered” alongside my pastor. I continued to decline his offer until I actually prayed and received confirmation from my wife. She noticed the joy serving others brought me and encouraged me to go “all in.”

 

I had no idea what to expect on my first day at work (I mean church). I couldn’t fathom what it meant to work full time as a minister or what my daily routines would entail. So, I put on my best church outfit and went to work at Grace Covenant Church, in Herndon, Virginia. Knowing my pastor and his leaders had prayed for me to accept his offer, I felt like a highly sought after NFL free agent. I thought, “if they waited this long I must really be important and a valuable commodity to the Kingdom.” So, during my first meeting on staff I pull up a seat next to the head guy. No one took issue with my positioning myself next to the head guy, so they must have known I was the man. But what happened next changed my life.

 

After the meeting, Pastor Brett said, “Darryl, I have a task for you to do.” I knew he had a very important opportunity that required my eloquence of speech, or charismatic personality to win someone to Christ. Surely he needed his first round pick to perform at a level none of the others could perform at. He said, “I need you to go the utility closet, grab a ladder and two light bulbs, and change out the dead light bulbs.” I was appalled and felt disrespected that he would dare ask his high priced (well, not so high priced) top free agent to change light bulbs. Nevertheless, I begrudgingly changed the lights.

 

After the lights he said, “I have a very important job for you to do now.” It was clear to me he realized the error of his ways with the light bulbs, and now he would fix his wrong by giving me my preaching assignment for that Sunday. In my mind I was ready to change the world because I was the next T.D. Jakes. But to my chagrin, he asked me to turn on the water to the baptismal pit. Unfortunately this meant crawling under the spider web-infested baptismal pit with more wood chips than one could imagine, and turning the water on. I turned on the water.

 

I left work/church that day defeated and dejected because serving in ministry was not as I had planned or expected. No one told me that I’d have to go in to dark places and get dirty in order to help others get clean. I couldn’t believe I had get on that ladder to turn on lights so others could see. I thought I was this important person that everyone would laud over.  It didn’t take long for me to realize, true ministry is about sacrifice and service over celebrity and selfies. If I wanted to serve God I had to get dirty, be obscure, and serve as if only He were looking.

 

Years later, as I prepared to preach my final sermon in my home church before traveling West to plant Valley Gate church, that same church that once had only 70 members, but was now over 2,500, God brought back to my remembrance the light bulbs and baptismal pit. He brought it back to remind me that had it not been for a light bulb and baptismal, I would have never known what it meant to turn on the lights in the darkest of souls or to go to places where it’s dark, dirty and others are unwilling to go, to turn on the water cleanses and makes whole.

 

Before I could stand before thousands to share the Good News, God had to see me faithful with a light bulb and baptismal pit. To every young leader, minister, parent, or employee please allow your service and sacrifice to motivate you over celebrity and status. “Servants truly are the greatest leaders.”

 

IT’S ON!!!

 

Darryl Morrison

 



Fingerprint of God

Good Afternoon Everyone,

For those who may not know, this Sunday January 28th Valley Gate Church will move into a new facility. We will celebrate our two-year anniversary in our new home where we trust God will use us, and this building, to advance His Kingdom, raise up disciples, and train leaders. Leading up to the 28th I plan on sharing various thoughts, lessons learned, and revelation from the years of planting this church leading up our move in.

I pray this can encourage or inspire you to build something for Jesus.

 

Fingerprint of God

 

During my time in Divinity School at Regent University I was privileged to take a class called Spiritual Formation, instructed by Dr. Diane Chandler. This class and professor so impacted my life that I had to have her visit our church during our initial year of existence. I felt so compelled to have Dr. Chandler come due to her very gentle, yet highly impactful approach to knowing Christ in all aspects of life. She’s highly intelligent, articulate, and full of the Spirit. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen someone so graciously lead someone through deliverance while in an intellectual setting.  What changed my life was our final assignment entitled, “Spiritual Portfolio.”

 

Now I’ve heard of portfolios and I get the idea of putting together a resume, but this was my first time ever putting together a spiritual portfolio. We were challenged to consider every aspect and phase of our lives, from the good to the bad with the aim of identifying where Christ was in them, and what was His purpose. The premise of this assignment was based on the scripture Colossians 1:27:

 

“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

 


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All In

Good Morning Everyone,

For those who may not know, this Sunday January 28th Valley Gate Church will move into a new facility. We will celebrate our two year anniversary in our new home where we trust God will use us and this building to advance His Kingdom, raise up disciples, and train leaders. Leading up to the 28th I plan on sharing various thoughts, lessons learned, and revelation from the years of planting this church leading up our move in.

I pray this can encourage or inspire you to build something for Jesus.

 

ALL IN

 

My religious experience begins when my siblings, cousins and I would spend time at our granny’s house in South Phoenix, off 28th Street and Broadway. I vividly recall the seven of us (my mom’s three kids, my aunt’s three kids, and my uncle’s baby son Salt) packing into her two-bedroom home that was no bigger than 800-1,000 sq/ft. We never felt cramped because all the grand kids loved being with granny. There was one thing we despised about being at granny’s house and that was church.

 

If you were at Granny’s house you had to go to church. I now realize it meant, “if you were at granny’s house you have to live in church.” Attending New Bethel Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) on a Sunday morning meant you had better pack a lunch, snacks, dinner, and pajamas because these folks didn’t know how to end service. Here is where we played tambourines and witnessed many slain in the spirit, speaking in tongues, and running around the sanctuary in exuberant worship. It was also here where the supernatural became real to me, and I realized the meaning of “all in.”

 

While I was drawn to the seriousness of these moments, I was turned away by what I considered fake and not authentic. I remember some young girls at church on Sunday being filled with the Holy Spirit, worshiping God expressively, only to be disappointed and deeply conflicted when the same girls were   ”dropping it like it was hot” on the dance floor at our school dance. I struggled seeing them give it up for Jesus on Sunday only to shake what their momma gave them on Thursday. I thought, “if they’re truly down with Jesus surely they shouldn’t be breaking it down like this at the school dance,” and for me that’s when “all in” began.
 

When my grandmother died my faith died as well. I didn’t return to church in an attempt to avoid those I called, “fake Christians.” I despised those who talked about Jesus but lived liked the devil. My refusal to attend church also validated my sinful behavior. I thought I was real by saying, “at least I’m not faking.” Then it all changed when God challenged me to “be real.” No longer could I use someone else’s shortcomings as validation for my lack of commitment. God was unwilling to wait for me to decide to get it right before coming back to church. Instead I sensed God asking, “Are you all in?”

 

I knew this meant I would have to eliminate the excuses, erase other’s faults and fully commit to trying to be the best Christian I was called to be. I had to stop looking down on people and start praying for them. I needed to exemplify faithfulness to God, consistency in my character, and vigilance toward applying His word in my life. God was calling me to be “all in.”

 

As we move a day closer to entering our new facility, I’m freshly inspired to continue building a church for Christ that’s “all in.” As an “all in” church remember:

 

  1. It’s not about them, it’s about Him: Eliminate the faults of others as your reason not to be “all in.”  Accept God’s personal call to “keep it real.”
  2. Dive In: Don’t fake yourself by waiting until everything is right in your life before you go “all in,” dive in.  He will strengthen you along the way.
  3. Live It: Do what the Bible says by applying it to “all” aspects of your life. This will challenge you, but it’s the best you.

 

Let’s live and build “all in!!!”

 

Are You In?

 

IT’S ON!!!

 

Darryl Morrison


The Scene of the Crime

Good Morning Everyone,

For those who may not know, this Sunday January 28th Valley Gate Church will move into a new facility. We will celebrate our two year anniversary in our new home where we trust God will use us and this building to advance His Kingdom, raise up disciples, and train leaders. Leading up to the 28th I plan on sharing various thoughts, lessons learned, and revelation from the years of planting this church leading up our move in. I pray this can encourage or inspire you to build something for Jesus.

 

The Scene of the Crime

 

You may have heard it said, “all criminals return to the scene where they committed the crime.” Be it crimes of passion, arson, burglary etc.…, there are those who desire to see if evidence collected will soon implicate them, while others return to see their work unfold. In many ways the process of planting Valley Gate church, for me, has been a returning to the scene of the crime.

It’s in Phoenix where some of my greatest blunders, and most painful mistakes have occurred. Credible evidence has been collected for any prosecutor willing to take the case against Darryl Morrison as one unworthy and unfit to lead a people toward the things of God. I’m certain witnesses can come forth to substantiate all claims that this man committed felonious acts against God and His people, but this is the reason why I’m so grateful God brought me back to the scene of the crime.
 
The purpose for returning has nothing to do with finding a way to escape; this return has everything to do with complete surrender. God called my family and I back to Arizona to surrender ALL!!! This surrender is not about running from mistakes; it’s a return to confirm our change. When building something for God you must know that you’ve been changed. You are no longer running from your past; you’re chasing God’s purpose.
 

As we near this move let me encourage you with a few points:

 

  1. Build something for God: You’ve been created to build something for Christ, so get at it. Start by building His temple. Join with a church that seeks to build something that has Kingdom significance and generational impact. 

 

  1. Let Christ to change you: Allow the process of deliverance and sanctification to have its complete work in your life. Resist the urge to remain the same and accept the process of being stretched and changed. 

 

  1. Be a difference maker: “In life you will either commentate on the problem or be the narrator of change.” Difference makers make a difference, so find a place, person, or problem where God has called you to impact change. Change one life for Jesus and you will alter the course of a family for generations to come.

 

Though it’s been less than three years since we returned to the Valley of the Sun, God has made it abundantly clear that He’s willing to work with the worst of sinners as long as they have surrendered all. Should you desire to make a difference for the Kingdom of God, simply raise your hands up and surrender. Give it all up to Him and He will do more through you than you ever thought.

 

IT’S ON!!!
 

Darryl Morrison

 


Something Special

Pastor Brett and Darryl Sharing the news with our Grace Covenant VA church family that Valley Gate church would plant in Phoenix, Arizona was momentous; GCC VA is where it all began. Twenty-one years ago Pastor Brett Fullersat in our basement for our weekly bible study, but this occasion was different. I knew God was calling me to surrender my life to Jesus Christ, and it had to be done then. After sharing my desires, Ps. Brett and Jo Ann joined me as I prayed the prayer of repentance and ask Jesus to be my Lord and Savior.

Much has changed since then, but more was inspired by that moment in October of 1993. In many ways what God planned for Valley Gate Church was initiated back then and even beyond. In Jeremiah 1:5 God tells His uncertain prophet,

“Before I formed you in the belly I knew you….”

This should be encouraging because the only One who has the ability to form us, knew (perceived and saw) us before we were formed; He had in mind what we would do and be. Yes someone may have voted you most athletic or most likely to succeed, but they guessed. Our God knew our greatness, saw our gifting, and perceived our contributions to His world before He formed us.

Valley Gate Church and those in it will not come about by chance, God knew long ago we’d be in Arizona changing lives and strengthening communities. I encourage you to look back over your life and find that moment where it began for you; the moment God changed your heart, provoked your call, and expanded your sense of purpose. That’s where it became real for you, but don’t forget, He knew what He had for your life, BEFORE your were formed!!!!

As parents we see our children’s potential  before they do, and after all of our support, encouragement, preparation, and correction they realize it for themselves. In this life of trusting God by faith remember, God gives man a preview of what He already knew!!!!

With the collection of great people being added to this team and soon to the church, I can only guess what God knew Valley Gate Church would be. If I had to guess, I’d say, “MOST LIKELY TO BE SOMETHING SPECIAL!”

 



Big Shoes to Fill

Joshua 1:1-3

Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land, which I am giving to them-the children of Israel.

 

God spoke to Joshua after Moses died and told him, “arise and go over this Jordan.” Before journeying across the Jordan, Joshua had to deal with his Moses complex. Moses was a great leader whom none could compare: none has arisen like him, God knew him face to face, he performed wonders and signs in Egypt before Pharaoh and all the people, and he displayed God’s mighty power in the sight of all of Israel. One can only imagine the internal struggle Joshua felt when tasked to fill the shoes of such a great leader. These were big shoes that God commanded Joshua to exceed, by crossing the Jordan.

I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU, THIS IS THE SEASON TO FILL SOME BIG SHOES. GOD IS CALLING HIS PEOPLE AND CHURCH TO “ARISE” BECAUSE MORE JORDAN RIVERS NEED TO BE CROSSED AND MORE PEOPLE NEED TO CROSS THEM. WHEN GREATNESS CALLS, YOU CAN’T LIVE AS AN ASSISTANT ANYMORE, IT’S TIME TO RISE UP AND ASSUME THE POSITION.

 You may feel like the shoes are too big or you can’t grow to fill them, but my encouragement to you is to KEEP TREADNG. God told Joshua, “every place that the sole of YOUR foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. “

When you have big shoes to fill remember:

  1. Arise (assume and accept your position, because God called you to it) v. 2
  2. It only takes a step (one foot at a time) v. 3
  3. Put your sole in it (if you don’t step you won’t possess) 3a

 



Dream Chaser

I’m certain every person reading this blog has a dream in them that’s yet to be fulfilled. Initially, it burns the soul hoping to catch ablaze, but often the inferno of our dream is doused by fear, doubt, apprehension or sheer comfort. I believe we should live and give ourselves completely to pursuing and fulfilling God’s plan. We’re called to bigger, and purposed for greatness. We all have a “promised land,” the place or thing we seek after. Unfortunately, many of us dream about our “promised land;” yet, we choose to remain in our “Egypt” or abstain from crossing over our “Red Sea.” For me, church planting has become the dream.

After completing my divinity studies, I promised God and myself that I would fast and pray concerning what He had in store for my future. During this time, I remember vividly reading, “You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey…” (Duet 1:6-7). I understood clearly that God was calling me beyond what I could see or imagine. I realized my dream was not based only on what I had hoped to see; it involved the journey God had called me to take. So one day while visiting Arizona to watch my daughter compete in gymnastics, God caused me to start dreaming.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined God calling me back home, but while driving down the road in the pitch dark of an early Arizona morning, I began to see! I saw people and places from my youth that began to burn in my heart. I felt God tugging my heart for communities in the Valley of the Sun. I sensed that all He had formed in me over the last 21 years in Washington, D.C. would prove to be God’s training ground for a magnificent church in Phoenix.

Phoenix will again be my home, but this time it’s a city to which God called me to fulfill His dream. I encourage you to be a “dream chaser.”