Biblical Living, Grand Point - Ship, Lessons for my crew

Heaven on Earth

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In 2013, Crystal and I renewed our wedding vows with a few friends and family. It was supposed to take place at our home in Chambersburg, but the weather was less than cooperative and we ended up having it at our Church.

It was a great ceremony. Simple, profound, memorable and very special for the both of us. In many ways, it was more special than our wedding day 10 years prior. With this day came 10 years of memories, stories, experiences and situations that we had endured together. We had life together and we were more committed to our unity than ever before.

The day after our vow renewal, we went on a second honeymoon. It was way better than our first and we felt that we were in heaven on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico on Captiva Island, Florida. It was exquisite and every bit of the relaxing togetherness we wanted to have at this point of our lives together.

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Who are you?

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I get the privilege of meeting so many people. It’s become such a treasure to me to connect with people and learn some of their story and how the Lord is revealing himself to them. I’ve learned that when someone comes up to me in public and introduces themselves to just roll with it. I may not have met them yet, but they have met me through Grand Point. Every time it takes place I immediately go the same place you would–Stretch out my hand and say, my name is Kevin. Who are you?

You wouldn’t think that a question of just three words would produce such a difficult issue, but there it is. As it stands staring you in the face, you have to immediately come to a place where you can effectively articulate the depth of just who you are.

Typically, the answer that comes back is something predictable- I’m Kevin and I the Pastor at Grand Point Ship.

Do you see what I did?

And do you make the same fatal flaw?

You see, I’ve just tied who I am to what I do?

Why do we do that?

I wonder if it’s because we are still yet unsure of exactly who we are.

Think of it, of the last time you answered that question. The answer to who you are becomes your name and, without even having to be asked, we can launch into hours of what we do.

But what happens when what you do can no longer be done?

It rarely happens by your choice but nonetheless.

A simple accident, and the very trajectory of your life has changed because what you do can no longer be done and has become what you did.

You begin to find yourself living in the past and everything seems to be falling apart in your world because all you can think about is who you were.

In John 1, John captures the story and events around John the Baptist. He’s not rushed onto the scene, but has been working his angle for probably years up to this point. He’s gained a large following and because the climate, the culture is charged with the thought and anticipation of the pending Messiah’s arrival.

Here’s what the Author John captures about those moments:

“Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,” ’

John 1:19-23 NKJV

When it comes to the discovery of who you are, it’s really important, also, to know exactly who are you are not.

In response to their questions JTB first mentions, “I am not the Messiah.”

Can I just relieve you today from the areas where you feel you need to be the Savior!?

You don’t need to be the Savior. He’s One of a Kind and irreplaceable.

He doesn’t need your help at His saving and in fact, is there a chance that you’re just making the Saving more complicated?

When it comes to your marriage that in trouble- Let Him be the Messiah.

About that really troubled relationship you are in panic about- Let Him do the saving.

After preaching through this concept, a man came up to me and let me know that he heard the message and connected it to his troubled marriage. He left with a sense of victory now realizing that he didn’t have to be the Savior of his marriage- it was the Lord’s job to do the saving.

Who are you?

Are you mom?

Are you dad?

Are you son?

Well, what you’re not is Messiah.

You’re more than employed. You’re worth so much more than just a job you do, a role you fill and a position you occupy.

Somebody testify to this truth!

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My boss comes into my office and tells me This!? And what comes next blows my mind

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It was going to be a brief week. Being that school was going to start soon, I had some plans I wanted to do with the kids, namely get the boat back on the water, just me and them. We also had Austin’s orientation that was at a very strange time, Thursday morning for 2 hours. Because he’s making the entrance into middle school, we wanted to really take some time with him and make this transition thinking it was going to be rough/tough for him.

I was surprised when my boss texted me early on Monday saying that he needed to meet with me about something that day. Those kinds of texts always send my mind reeling with possible content.

Am I in trouble?

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Where Hope Is Found

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My wife arranges all my clothes for me as I am completely crippled when it comes to anything fashionable. You know you have a loving spouse when they do things like that.

Let me really wow you though. Not only does she arrange my clothes for me, but she also pics out sample designs put them into a picture collage and print them out for me to reference so I can feel like I do it myself.

What a wife!

So as part of this style, she started making me sport wristbands, calling them accessories. I didn’t know I needed accessories, but here we are…

Someone gave me the most amazing wristband recently. It’s literally the coolest thing ever. It has coordinates on it. They gave them to me and Crystal together and when we input the coordinates, you’ll never believe what they point to….

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The Value of Nothing

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Around the end of the year, I always get a bit nostalgic and begin looking back over years gone by at all the Lord has led and accomplished in and around me.

I’ve pulled out several years of journals and started really looking through the mindsets I had as different years began and I’ve come across a place the Lord directed me personally that was into NOTHING.

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Ghost Story

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I’m reading a great book right now, Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala. He’s the Pastor of the renown, Brooklyn Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York. His powerhouse church centers around their Tuesday evening prayer meeting that has taken place for decades and draws thousands every week as people come to seek the Lord.

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Grand Point Ship- 1 Year In

How is it possible that we are already a year into this amazing story?!

I had no idea how emotional we all would get over this amazing weekend looking back over the hundreds of stories we have received since that first weekend. It’s been an amazing journey of life change in so many people’s lives and it’s all just begun.

The stories I didn’t expect to see change were much closer than I could ever have imagined! Four of our five children have all made professions of faith and have accepted Christ. Three of them have done that in the last 12 months as a result of what they are seeing and experiencing in Kids Point as well as our own parenting at home.

The closest change would be in me. I thought I had a good handle on who I was and my own relationship with Christ and then this year He put us through another crisis of faith that has again redefined our trust in this amazing God.

The wonderful thing about that is I am beginning to hear threads of those same stories resounded in so many different people.

On July 28th, which would have been one year to the day of our when Grand Point Ship had its first service, 13 people made a public step of faith and declared their relationship with Jesus through baptism. That was the most thrilling thing I’ve yet to see and be a part of with this little church that’s now becoming a toddler.

What and where the Lord will work next is astounding to me. I simply cannot wait to see and be a part of the What If goals and dreams this church thinks about for it’s future.