“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Thus comes the admonishment of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4.
We have found it a challenge to stay in the “rejoice posture” many times this year and for a variety of reasons. But here we are today with refreshed eternal perspective about our experience with trouble and loss — and God’s grace and provision. We have made it through and have experienced personal growth in the process. And isn’t that the point of all the give and take — to become more like Jesus, the second Adam, fully human in every way?
Delores and I have joined some of you in prayer for the trials and troubles you have faced. And you have reported that you have found God’s grace to be sufficient just as we have. The truth is, God’s grace is always the “backstop” that never fails.
“This God, his way is perfect; the promise of the Lord proves true. He is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30
Transition to The Global Mission
In October Delores and I resigned from Church Resource Ministries, effective December 31. We are thankful for the 24-year journey with CRM and especially the good times with fellow staff. As you may know we have made a “lateral” move to a new mission agency, The Global Mission. We are excited about this new association and are looking forward to what God has for us with this new beginning.The nature of our ministry focus will remain the same — to help individuals, groups and churches move toward ever greater health and fruitfulness in their callings.
Our Southern California friends, Dave and Anne Brodsky, founded TGM in 2006. I am grateful that one of Dave’s core values is to help maximize God’s calling in those he leads. All the work of ministry Delores and I do is deeply rooted in this shared value. It is one of many reasons why Dave and TGM are a good fit.
Delores and I have enjoyed a lot of shared experience with Dave over our years at Crossline Community Church. The two of us participated in a short-term mission trip to Israel in 2007 with Dave and a team from Crossline. In 2013 I joined a short-term mission team that Dave led to Haiti. God has used all this as part of his leadership for this time.
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Last, but not least, Delores and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! May your time with those you love be blessed with the love, joy and peace that Christ came to bring.
Thanking God for you,
Scott, for the two of us