The Crossing Church has a booth out at the Fair this weekend where we are passing out Gospels of John and inviting people to Family Fun Fest. We have the opportunity to engage thousands of people with the Gospel in just a matter of days! We'll also put Family Fun Fest flyers in their hands and give them a personal invitation to our free event. It's an open door we're walking through.
We also have a group of volunteers serving lunch each day next week to the children in our community. What a tangible way to show we care! Another door God has opened this year for our fellowship.
The following Saturday (29th) is our 10th Family Fun Fest, our annual outreach event to engage young families in our community and show them the love of God. It's always fun. It's always a lot of work too. We've seen a number of families begin attending TCC through this event and even more show up at our kids group, KFC. It's a door God opened early and has kept open.
As soon as we're packed up that afternoon, I head out to a wedding rehearsal. I'm marrying a young couple the following day. Engaging families with the love of God can happen at a big event like Family Fun Fest. It can also happen in a quiet wedding service at a barn. It's a door God has opened for me to reach out and I'm stepping through.
The following weekend our fellowship has the opportunity to engage our community once again by hosting the "Kids Zone" at the Grand Opening of a new park in downtown Port Angeles. It's going to be yet another "all hands on deck" kind of day. But when a leader in the community says they're looking for a group that can engage kids with carnival games, how can TCC stay quiet? Yet another door opened for us.
I've heard it said "God opens doors that no one can shut". At the rate He's opening doors around here, who could possibly try to keep up with shutting them all? All these open doors for a fellowship of less than 100 people to share the Gospel. We need to be faithful to step through these doors trusting God will empower us to handle each one as it comes. I'm feeling a bit tired just looking at the schedule for the next few weeks. I can already feel the ache in my feet. But I remember that the truth is that these open doors are wide enough for all of us to step through together. It's always a group effort. Let us be encouraged to "never tire of doing what is right" (2 Thess. 3:13). Plan to be there expecting God to work. He's opening all these doors for a reason. Let's step through each one together.
I've been spending much of the summer pouring over commentaries in preparation for preaching through the Gospel of Luke this next year. I'm determined to prepare for the "game". Luke reveals God to us through the life and works of Jesus Christ. I'm excited to preach it. I'm also (if I'm honest) scared to death about parts of this Book. Jesus said many things that were of great encouragement. He also said a few things that will never make their way onto a coffee mug or picture frame. The challenge has inspired me to keep revisiting Luke this summer. I'm getting prepared for what should be an exciting season. I invite you to prepare with me by reading through The Gospel of Luke this month and continuing to pray for my preaching.
Dave became the Senior Pastor in April 2015 at TCC after serving as the Director of Children's and Praise Ministries for 9 years. He graduated in 2011 from A.W. Tozer Seminary with a Masters in Christian Leadership. He and his wife, Katie, live in Sequim with their 6 children, 2 dogs, 15 chickens, and 50,000 honeybees.
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