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January 1, 2008

New Life in '08

Well, since my last post there's been a lot of action here at the Hamilton home. Most who read this will already know the news, but for those who don't, today our family begins a new season of ministry as I have accepted the position of lead pastor at New Life Foursquare Church in Laguna Niguel, CA. Following two great years as teaching pastor at Cornerstone Church, we're excited about the opportunity to lead and serve this church community. New Life is about the same distance south from our home in Irvine as Cornerstone was to the east so we won't have to relocate (at least immediately). The story of how God arranged all these circumstaces - the timing of our season ending at C-stone, the re-assignment of the Robinsons from senior pastor to thier new season of ministry and thier invitation to us to take the church, not having to relocate and able to stay in OC...God is amazing.

When we were making the season to merge New Horizons into C-stone, the word the Lord gave us was, "Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies it can bear no fruit." Having "sown" NH, it's exciting for us to anticipate the fruitful "new life" we're believing for.

I can be contacted at jeff[at]ocnewlife.org. Happy New Year.

December 17, 2008

Life at 75 MPH

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (Contemporary English Version)
2 Then the LORD told me:
"I will give you my message
in the form of a vision.
Write it clearly enough
to be read at a glance.
3 At the time I have decided,
my words will come true.
You can trust what I say
about the future.
It may take a long time,
but keep on waiting--
it will happen!

I don't know why I don't spend more time in Habakkuk. It's a rich, little book. Very readable for a minor prophet and so many foundational concepts contained in it. I also wonder if every December 18 I so a life journal entry on these same verses? (I should check my archives).

As a pastor the holidays are a time of reflection and preparation for the start of a new year. In this season, I've not yet had the time to really get away to hear God abut what he has for the church I serve in 2009, but I'm geting tastes of it. What I need to do is to take the time to capture all these thoughts, allow them to become clear through prayer and prepare to lead our church on the journey He has for us. I've already spent time getting ready for this; reading some books that stir my heart, meeting with friends & leaders who challenge me. Snce August I really feel that this year at New Life is all about "making disciples." There's a lot of Christians, but not many actual "Christ-followers" (see Jesus: "You're my disciples if you do what I command you...," etc.)

Now it's one thing to say it, but it's another to communicate it; to really help people understand where we're going and how we're going to get there. That's why the CEV spoke to me in it's translation today, "Write it clearly enough to be read at a glance." People's lives are rush by so fast, like traffic on the freeway. So this vision for our church has to be "caught on the fly." Like a billboard, the vision has to have a simple and clear message. Like a road sign, the vision has to point people in a specific direction. Like the sound of an alarm, people have to understand what the sound means and how to respond. This is my challenge over the remaining weeks in 2008. And if I do my part of writing it down, the Lord says I can trust Him with the future outcome.

Lord, help me hear, help me focus, help me communicate what, where, and how You're leading our church into our future.

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