Sermon transcription:

Today we are pausing our sermon series in 2 Corinthians. We do this every year. We call it Vision Sunday. We reflect on where we’ve been and where the elders and pastors feel like God is leading us. The immediate question you may have is: What’s up with the rocks? We are in the Old Testament today. Old Testament discipline style. No? Haha, well ok. Anyway, that is where we are.

Let me tell you this story that I mentioned in the Four Oaks weekly this week. When I was in seminary I took a pastoral counseling class. Basically before they unleash you to counsel messed up people, they want you to know how messed up you really are. Believe me, there is a lot of stuff there. For part of this process they have you construct what is called a genogram. Not be confused with the riveting family game, Jenga. Totally different thing. A genogram is basically a physical representation of your family history and lineage. It is not just an ancestral tree of all your long lost country cousins, which, apparently, we have many that are barefooted in the east hills of Tennessee. It is much more than that. It is actually a tool to utilize and identify family relational patterns, problems, issues, and strengths. The goal in constructing the genogram is to really make you more self aware about who you are and where you come from. Not to dwell in it, not to live in it, but to help you develop healthier patterns of relating in the future.

A couple of things really stood out as I journeyed down this path of ancestral enlightenment. First, I had family members far and wide across the fruited plains that filled these things out. Apparently they are much more comfortable writing things down about the family than they are actually saying them. As I’m reading these questionnaires, I’m realizing that we are not going to be doing a genogram debrief at Thanksgiving this year. That is not going to happen.

Secondly, despite all the issues that were uncovered in that family exploration, which undoubtedly would be in yours or mine or any of our families, one theme was strikingly clear. Out of all of this mess God has been amazingly faithful. To bring spiritual life out of sinful humanity, it is an amazing thing. I just sat there and looked at my dad’s line. None of these are exaggerations, or maybe only slightly, but seriously. Living on a mountain, in a shack, one step above deliverance and banjos, has an outhouse, shoots squirrels for food, hitchhiking to work as a teenager, a hard life, and then just seeing God miraculously and sovereignly save him so that he is the one Christian in my family for an extended season while growing up. Just seeing how God’s faithfulness, God’s will, God’s way prevails. I believe when we boil it right down to its essence, the 26 years of Four Oaks can really be summed up in that way. In the way my friend Kent Hamilton says it, “You know, in the end, God wins.” God gets his way. I believe that when I reflect on these 26 years, one of the things that God has given us by his grace is a unique capacity as a church family to trust in his goodness and to walk in faith. We know he’s got this. We know that he is faithful, that he is in control, that he is going to have his way. So, today we are going to take a quick peek at the Four Oaks genogram to help us understand where we have been, to help point us forward to where we think God is leading us, and we are going to use Joshua 4 as a launching off point. Before the Israelites launched into the promised land, remember they had been wandering around for 40 years, they have seen a generation come and go, they have begun to wonder is God good? Is God faithful? Where is he leading us? What is going to happen? Here they are on the banks of the Jordan, looking out over the promised land, and God says before you go I want you to do something. They have to construct their own genogram. Not just to help them remember, but to help them to know where God wants them to go and what he wants them to do. That is what we are going to do today.

Joshua 4:1, we are going to read the first 10 verses then skip down to verse 19 and all of this will be flashed up on the screen for you.

When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you? then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.”

And the people of Israel did just as Joshua commanded and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, just as the LORD told Joshua. And they carried them over with them to the place where they lodged and laid them down there. And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had stood; and they are there to this day.

Let’s skip down.

And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean? then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”

One of my favorite hymns is Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Josh, why didn’t we do that this morning? I didn’t tell him about it. It just occurred to me. Josh, I’m just kidding. One of my favorite lines is here I raise my what? Ebenezer. We think, “What does that mean? A grandpa? What is this?” That comes, if we read this passage in the King James Version, it calls these 12 stones an Ebenezer which basically just means a memorial or something that you set amongst yourselves to remember something significant. So, God says to Israel, before you go over, I want you to set up this Ebenezer or these 12 stones for two reasons.

Now, this is important because it wasn’t just about remembering. We rehearsed some of our history this morning. It isn’t just about remembering. Look to verse 22 it says,

“When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean? then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’

So the Lord dried up the waters and they passed over the Red Sea. That is part of it. That is remembrance. Look at those stones. You remember God’s faithfulness, God’s grace, and God’s mercy.  But, that is not all they are supposed to do. That in and of itself, remembering, serves a larger purpose. Look down at verse 24. Set these stones up. People, remember God’s faithfulness to what ends?

“so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”

See, the purpose of the stones was not that the Israelites would live life around the stones. Not that they would stay on the banks of the Jordan and think about the good old days in the wilderness. Isn’t that funny? The good ole days in the wilderness? Anyway, not as Josh said during worship to go back to Egypt. They were given to them so that the Israelites would remember, why are we here? We are here to go into the promised land. We are here to spread the name and the fame of the living God. We are here to make him known. We are here to help establish his kingdom and dominion. He has brought us here so that we can go and do the mission to which he has called us.

There are all sorts of problems that happen in organizations and churches when we fixate on the past in an unhealthy way. A lot of you are probably familiar with the Jerry Sandusky/ Joe Paterno scandal at Penn State and all the charges of abuse and cover up. In the middle of this, the university is trying to move forward and trying to address these problems and keep on mission and move forward into the future. Yet, what was one of the flash points that caused so much controversy and so much argument? They fought over what? A statue.

There were people who were much more concerned about the legacy of a man and how he would be perceived and how we were to honor him and became all about this shrine and this memorial. God says that is not why I have given it to you. I have given it to you to remind you why you were made, why you were created, and where I am calling you to go. Move off the banks, Israel. Don’t build a city here. Don’t worship these stones. Don’t idolize them. This is where churches can get stuck too. The scriptures are clear. The scriptures call us to contend for the gospel, to defend the gospel, and protect truth. That is exactly right, but a lot of times, what happens when a church focuses exclusively on those things, to preserve, contend, defend, which we must do, it really becomes all about the past. There is a protective measure and you get yourself in a protective corner with your dukes up and God says no no no no no. Not just protect and defend and contend. But, to seek and to move forward and to save and to be on mission and to reach out. So, the former path ultimately, sometimes it takes a generation, or sometimes two, always leads to spiritual death. It always does. God says that’s not what I desire for you. Four Oaks, I don’t believe that is what God desires for us so here is what we are going to spend our next few minutes doing. We just want to take a few minutes and revisit some of the significant markers in our 26 years as a church. This is not a history class. If you hear me saying “Bueller? Bueller?” over and over again then just throw something at me. If you are drooling on your desk or whatever. That is not the point. We want to just mention four things that we think will be a platform for us not just to remember the grace of God but to clarify our vision of what he wants us to do going forward.

I am looking out over the crowd now and I am seeing people who have been here for 26 years. It probably feels like 50 years for you. I’m looking at the Stewarts and the Dudleys and I’m going to miss people but I’m just seeing people leap out at me that have been here over the long haul. These are just four that I have mentioned but there are many Ebenezers, but here are four that I think are particularly significant.

One is the founding of this church. We forget and we take so much for granted. We get in our car and we drive over here and we have worship and we have preaching and fellowship. It is a supernatural miracle when a church is built and people are saved. There is an 80% failure rate for church plants and for good reason. But, when John Kaiser came to Tallahassee in 1989 he did not have a big core group, he was not bankrolled, and he did not have a Pastor of branding. That is a position right? Scott occupies that for us. [laugher] I’m just kidding. He did not have any of the bells and whistles. What did they have? They had a Bible and an apartment and they opened that Bible and they taught God’s word and they trusted God’s word and the gospel to only do what God’s word and the gospel could do. When I think about one of the endearing pieces of DNA that continues to live with us that we need to thank the Lord for is that we believe as a church that we ultimately stand or fall upon the word of God. It doesn’t mean we don’t need to be creative or strategize or be wise or winsome or any of those sorts of things. It is hard to remember this because the longer you are a Christian, the harder it is to remember what it is like to be a non-Christian. The older a church gets, the more tempting it is to sort of settle in on the banks of the Jordan and enjoy the good life. We just want to stop and remember that wow, there were people that laid it on the line and labored faithfully and trusted God’s word to do what only God’s word could do and it was a spiritual miracle. Guys, don’t you want to continue to see supernatural saving of lives right now? I do.

Second sort of marker or Ebenezer was when John, who was the founding pastor, left in 1999. Remember, John was not just the senior leader. He was the founding pastor. Because the church was much smaller then, those kinds of leadership changes can have really strong reverberations. That can be felt in an inordinate way verses when a church is much larger. What did God do for us in that season? This is the second piece of DNA that I think continues to infuse who we are as a church body today. We kind of went from a soul proprietorship mom and pop storefront to an organism. To a plurality of leadership. This was a time when our lay elders transitioned from playing a supportive or secondary role to the mission of the church to being the heart of the church. There was one pastor on staff in that transitional year and that was me. I was working with middle school students playing games called “Eat that thing.” That’s what I was doing and we are all looking around thinking, “Who is going to lead this thing?” Well, the elders are going to lead this thing. Guys, we had, in this season, elders actually preaching. Do you remember this? Elders were preaching and they obeyed the cardinal rule of preaching. What is that? Better to be bad and short than to be bad and long. But they were actually good and short! Jeff Mane was particularly short. Just mention that to him some time. That is an incredibly endearing piece of our history that the church is not about one person. The church isn’t even ours! The church belongs to God. What an awesome thing he did in that season.

The third thing I thought of: For a long time we were a mobile church and it seemed like we would be mobile until the Lord returned. I started a list: Gilchrist, Plaza 10, CCS, the Tupperware warehouse. Now, we did take the Tupperware out before we met there, but barely. Chiles High School. It seemed for about ten years that God deliberately said I am going to foil every attempt you have to get into a permanent home. When I say God intentionally did it, I mean it. God intentionally did that. There is such a litany of things, and many of you lived through this. Going through a capital campaign and having to go into that public meeting and saying “you know that piece of property we purchased? And we’ve already shoveled several hundred thousand dollars into? Um, that piece of property? Well, there is a deed restriction on that property and there is some issues and you can’t build on it.” We are just sitting there like what in the world, God? What do you want us to do?

It was during those seasons that we had to look back to a physical Ebenezer like 2003 when people in the church said I want to give a sacrificial gift so we can find a church home. They wrote promises of God on it. Not like, “I’m looking forward to the new building!” but enduring promises. Buildings come and go, ok? But, I’m looking at these names. Here are the Wynns, the Currieos, the Christmas Family, and the Piscettis. I’m looking at all of this and this is just a small representative sample. It would look like Miracle on 34th street with all the Christmas letters if we dumped all the bricks up here. I’m absolutely amazed that God has brought us to this place but he couldn’t do it until he imprinted something upon us. We all need to get this, ok? You have heard it and it sounds so cliché but its Biblical. The church is not a building. It’s just not. We love to memorialize church buildings. They are what we build on the banks of the Jordan, we look back upon them, we endear ourselves to them, but guys, this is all going up in smoke one day. We all understand this, right? Hopefully not before the end of this service, right Josh?

The church is its people. What a legacy from that time in our journey. I kid you not, this is what happened. This building was not on the market. We made an offer at the very peak of the real estate market. I kid you not, within 3 months, all of these things happened. 1) We purchased the building 2) The real estate bubble collapsed. It popped. 3) The stock market crashed 4) We launched a capital campaign. It was joyous. [laughter] In the midst of that, that God would see fit, again this is a common theme, that the Four Oaks people would be empowered to excel in the grace of giving and raise 3 million dollars. It is always humbling to remember that you are worshipping in the cereal aisle right now. You are! That is just the way that God has worked in our history. He has always had his way. He has always shown up. He has always communicated that it isn’t about you, in fact, most of the time it is in spite of you; but rather, it is about me and it is about my glory. It is about my name.

The last thing I think about before we talk about the future is that when we moved into this building and began to experience real growth and vibrancy and momentum and casting a vision for launching another campus; we went through our second major leadership transition and it felt like someone had just yanked the cord on the subway. Everything sort of came to a screeching halt. I’m not going to unpack all of that right now. I’m glad to talk about it later and answer any questions, but the point is that was an incredibly difficult and incredibly painful leadership transition. Everything about church just seemed to hit pause. Momentum. Energy. Mission. Yet, there was something in that that God says I have for you. There were many things but here is just one or two. The seeds that God had sown 15 years previously with our elders, that they were a Biblically qualified group of men and fundamentally sound, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what public perception is, it doesn’t matter about spin or manipulation or any of that, we are just going to let the Word of God guide us through this season. We are going to follow his word, we are going to be obedient to it, we are going to be appropriately transparent, we are going to communicate clearly, and we are going to let the chips fall where they may. Four Oaks, we are indebted to our elders, they are my elders too, fidelity, Biblical fidelity. There is a trust that I think God uses to cover this place to know that there are men who want to know what you think but it is not the most important thing. The most important thing is: what does God think?

Here we are in 2016, and one of the things we told you back at the beginning of the school year was “no more change for a while.” Remember that? We need to rest. There was a lifetime of change in three years. Launching a second campus, moving to more of a team model in ministry, pulling out of one denomination, getting into a network, changing our statement of faith; what were we thinking Josh? That was all Josh’s idea by the way so take it all up with him. [laugher] You know, guys, I’m looking around and this is not the pastoral mojo thing where ooh I’m speaking a word and it is coming into being. No, not that, but guys, God is doing a work of grace here. I think, by God’s grace, we are reestablishing our footprint and there is some stability and there is some momentum and we have stabilized financially and Midtown is going gangbusters and we are starting to get growth and visitors and guests here again at Killearn. We are supporting 13 church plants and we have got the best student ministries in the city. Don’t record that. [pointing to sound booth] Hit pause. [laughter]

You know, there would be a really strong temptation, I think, because I feel it, it would just be so much easier to stay on the banks of the Jordan. Don’t get me wrong, being on the banks of the Jordan is a good thing, for a season. Like the Israelites, you need to come, erect your memorial or Ebenezer, remember, give thanks, praise God, be thankful for the stability, be thankful for the time in the wilderness, be thankful that you aren’t there anymore. But,

“So that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”

See, it’s not just about us. If it was just about us, we would lock arms, face inward, make it about us. We would live 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, but ultimately the vision would die and we would simply become another shrine. God says that is not what I have for you. As the elders and the pastors retreated last weekend and really began to stir ourselves again before the Lord and ask “Lord, where are you asking us to go in the coming days?,” I want to mention three things that I think impact us now. This is not pie in the sky or someone’s dream. Here are three things that we think God is doing and I want to mention three things that we are trusting God for. Now, understand, what does James tell us? James says, don’t be haughty! Don’t say this day and that day I will go and do this and I’ll do that thing, but you should say if the Lord wills. This basically means, we will be using lots of white out on this address in the coming days. There are a few things though that I think we can hang our hat on.

Number one, we think that one of the things you lose when you move away from a traditional church calendar, do you know what I mean by that? That whenever the doors are open you are expected to be here? Wednesday night, Sunday night, Sunday morning, prayer meeting, Bible study, all that. We do that intentionally. We go to “simple church.” Fellowship group & worship. Yet, if this is the only time in your week that you are under the word, that is probably not really Biblically and spiritually enriching. Where are other venues that you study the word of God? A lot of you are in men’s studies and women’s studies and fellowship groups and that is wonderful, but we feel compelled, and we saw this when we did the pastor classes this last spring where your pastors were teaching through the statement of faith and explaining issues, that we need to be available, as pastors and elders, to do more public teaching and regular teaching. We don’t know exactly what that looks like, but we want to launch out that Equip Pastors class. Whether that meets on a weekday night or a morning, we are still sorting that out, but we feel really compelled that we need to be doing that regularly and making that available to you. Just some good old-fashioned Bible study. Good old-fashioned systematic theology. Doesn’t that sound exciting, Josh? Systematic theology? I’m jazzed about some systematic theology. That is one thing we want to do.

Second thing, immediately, relates to local community outreach. In a growingly secularized culture, it is increasingly important, just as it was for the New Testament church, that word and deed go together. Gone are the days that you can just sort of show up in people’s lives and tell them the gospel and expect that gospel to penetrate people’s hearts. God can do it. He does it. That is not what we are saying. In an increasingly secular culture that is very suspicious of the church, very suspicious of any sort of hierarchy church authority, deeds of service are increasingly significant. We are really seeing inroads to that in this whole issue of life in our community. You have heard me speak about this the last couple of weeks. God seems to be doing something, stirring us, with this issue of life and of coming alongside women who are in crisis pregnancies and counseling them. Not just that, but sharing the gospel with them, sharing the gospel with their partners, and when women are having their children, continuing to walk alongside them. The formation of this ministry… [unclear diction]…Titus homes where fellowship groups or maybe your family adopts one of these single moms and brings them into your home and counsel them and teach them and give them skills, but mainly give them hope and give them the gospel. John and Margaret Stewart of the church have done this with a couple. They will tell you this is hard. This is messy. This is difficult. But guys, this is the good stuff. This is the good stuff. We think God is doing a work there that we want to continue to call you to be a part of.

A third thing. It has been our dream and it is a dream where the bubble has been burst several times, but our vision is that we want to make the Four Oaks Center a third place. Not just a place where we worship and where businesses do retail, but also a place where people want to go. A place where people want to hang out. A place where we can rub shoulders so to speak. You have heard all the dreams that we have had that for one reason or the other God was like nope nope nope. We talked about the YMCA. Didn’t happen. We talked about Red Eye Coffee Shop. Didn’t happen. What I am about to say? May not happen. But, we think, we actually have a letter of intent. Go ahead and flash the emblem on the screen [applause and cheers as logo for Maple Street Biscuit Company is shown on projection screen]

Yes! Heart attack on a plate! How many of you have been to Maple Street down on campus? Yes! The rest of you should repent! Go immediately! Basically it is Smokey Mountains meets hipster. They roast their own coffee. They have stores in Jacksonville, but it is a third place. You can go there any time of the day and people are studying, they are drinking coffee, they are eating biscuits with copious amounts of shitake mushroom gravy, you know what I’m saying? It is goodness! We have been developing a partnership and friendship with these guys for many months now and one, we just love their food, but two, we love their hearts. They are from Jacksonville, they are elders and spiritual leaders in their church and they love to do stuff like that. Why would someone want to come to, lets be honest, a B grade facility and set up shop? Because they want to be in the mix. They want to do what we want to do but from a business angle. Employ people and be a service to the community and serve really awesome biscuits. So, really pray for that, guys. That is imminent, we have that doc in hand, right Josh? Ok, make that happen. [laugher]

Three long-term things and we are done. These are really the heart of what we talked about at our elder’s retreat last weekend. We are commanded to take the gospel to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. We feel like we do a lot for Jerusalem and a lot for the ends of the earth, which is our gospel partners and our own church, but what about our little Judea? What is the surrounding, greater Leon county, Tallahassee area? Samaria we have kind of been putting some stakes in the ground with our Sojourn Network partnership and supporting church planters, but what about our Judea here? A number of years ago our elders said we want to be one church, many locations. We want to be under one rubric, but establish gospel communities and we want to do that because that is how you reach the unchurched non-Christians. New churches, new campuses, new fellowship groups, new whatever are much much better at assimilating and reaching new people than existing churches are. We launched the midtown campus and, by God’s grace, that campus is almost 400 people. We are figuring out what are we going to do? Josh, what are we doing? We don’t know. Seriously. It is that kind of problem. In fact, that is one of the things the elders talked about. What are we going to do? How do we resource and steward the resources of that campus to continue to be on mission. That was one thing we talked about.

A second thing: Where does God want us to go next? It is easy to hang on the banks of the Jordan, but, knowing that new churches are better at reaching non Christians than established churches, God continues to give us a vision for Leon county and the greater north Florida area. What is it going to be like, God, to start a third campus? We are feeling those stirrings from the Lord of east or southeast and there are a couple reasons of why those might be strategic windows for us in the next couple of years. One is, that is where the people are. That’s where population growth is happening. Two, do you realize there is not a lot of gospel witness in those sections of the city. Compared to Killearn where you can throw a rock and hit a church, that is not the case in the east and southeast. Thirdly, we think that God has positioned our midtown to be the locus and the focus of that sending effort. We want to be, over the next couple years, cultivating a core group to go out from that campus, because of its proximity, because of its youth and energy, to do that. It doesn’t mean that God may not call some of you to strategically be involved in leadership or other things, but the impetus for that comes from midtown although that is for all of us to own. Why would we do that? Isn’t it just easier to hang right here? Yes. Totally easier. But, what is easiest is most often not right and not the best. So, we are prayerfully considering where God would lead us.

Third thing to put on your radar. The elders are praying for, and this is in pastor-speak so I will interpret it, but we are praying that God would joyfully free us from obligations to our banker. What is that code for? Pay down the debt, right? Nothing like paying down the debt that gets the people juiced and energized. It’s not about paying down the debt. Guys, we are not debt-Nazis. We are not in that camp. There were good reasons to borrow the money to purchase this building when we did. We felt it has given us a leverage point and we would do the same thing again. It is an asset and it is a resource. Yet, we know that over the long term, we want to be a better steward of God’s resources. We want to pay down the liabilities on this building so that we can invest in another campus or church planters or staff or gospel partners or a hundred things that we would love to do.

I have to confess this. When I think about doing another generosity initiative, what is that code for? The capital campaign. When I think about that, oh, I would rather stay on the banks of the Jordan. This is not anything that would happen this year. Probably some time in 2017 at this point. I don’t want to go there and I have to tell you that because I cannot call you to something that I am not personally leveraged in. I cannot call you to give sacrificially above and beyond what you are doing or to leverage your giving and give sacrificially. Remember, the mission never goes forward without sacrifice. But I cannot do that in good conscience unless I am doing that with you. I know that to go there is going to be all kinds of problems. It is going to reveal my heart and it is going to be about what am I giving up. How is God calling us to be sacrificial? What are the claims that this makes upon Susan and I and I am just telling you that I’m not there yet. I’m not going to call you to go there yet until I’m on the way there, ok? I say this as a means of accountability. I want us to all go there and I want to be leading you in it which is why I think God providentially is sowing the seeds now.

Let me just say this and we’re done. We are about to renew our 2 Corinthians series next week and in a couple of weeks we are going to move into 2 Corinthians 8 & 9 and for all of you Bible scholars, what is the subject of those chapters? Money. We are going to learn all about joyful sacrifice, not just financial, but what does it mean to leverage our service, our leadership, our time, our gifting, and our money. Here is what I am praying that God does in our hearts this coming season at Four Oaks: I pray that if you are not “all in” you will get all in. And I don’t just mean financially, I mean your heart. That this is your heart. This is where you’re putting down roots. Some of you have been lingering on the edge and testing the waters and “I don’t know if I want to become a member” and all that. All in. And if you can’t be all in her then we want to help you find a place where you can be all in because we think that honors God when we leverage our lives to a people. 2 Corinthians 8 & 9 are going to push us that way. Paul does it in a way that says, as we do that, we aren’t giving up. We are getting eternal joy. Pray with me on that, Four Oaks. We think God is working and God is moving. As we are on the banks of the Jordan, pray that he would show us when it is time to cross, and where to go when we do. But, the most important thing he wants to do is in your heart and it is in my heart, so lets pray that he does it.

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