It is encouraging to see how they have walked ahead through a beautiful pastoral transition from our longtime friend and brother, Mark Miller, who handed off the baton to Vanessa Chitwood, who has served as the associate for a few years. I wish every church could experience such a “handing off” of the baton. The people were so earnest and open as always in seeking and hearing the Word during our time there, with genuine response. One of the special things about these services was the privilege of ending this time with the Lord’s Supper together after I had shared throughout the meetings from 1 Corinthians chapter 11 and Paul’s message on the Lord Supper. I realized as I preached during these days in Issaquah that these truths were for me in a way I had not realized that I needed. I need to be rescued by His grace from some of the things in my life that have become “normal;” I need to be caught up more in Jesus; and I need to more be aware of how Jesus wants to make every moment and activity of this life “sacramental,” full of His presence. I came home from Issaquah more refreshed and encouraged. It is a special privilege and blessing for me to have Carey travel with me. As I looked at him, I realized anew how precious every moment in this life is, and way in which Jesus wants to fill every word and act with His presence and grace. I’m looking forward with excitement, in a new way, for how He will do that today and in the moments ahead.
Evangelist, Teacher, Writer,
Husband, and Father