40%

Now that we have sent out our first quarterly letter updating you all on what’s been happening these last two months I am excited about blogging weekly again.

We wanted to get something tangible out that you all could hold and read and enjoy.  We will continue to send those out every quarter and will be blogging, emailing and calling weekly.

God has a plan for everything.  He works through and in all things.  One of those things has been Josiah’s job at Chili’s.

One of the things that I (Josiah) wrestle with is wondering why God has called us to Orlando to plant a church but has only provided 40% support for us instead of 100%.  I figured if I simply heeded the call and obeyed He would automatically meet my expectations of completely supporting us so that we would be “freed up” to do “Kingdom work.”  Luckily for us, God works in and through all things.

I was finishing up my work at Chili’s one night and walked into my boss’s office to cash out and go home for the night.  Here’s how it played out.

“Here’s my cash and checkout slips.”

“Josiah, I have a question for you and I hope I don’t offend you.”

“No, by all means.  What’s your question?”

“So, what makes you so sure that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?”

“I should grab a chair.  This may take a while”

For the next half hour I walked my boss through the bad news/good news of the Gospel.  I talked to him about the authority of Scripture and the fact that Jesus cannot be a ‘good man’, that He is either Lord or a lunatic.  We spent some time going through the separation from God because of sin and disobedience and the physical birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ for the Atonement.

Nothing spectacular happened afterwards.  I didn’t baptize my boss in the lake or hand him an invite card to my church.  I simply told him about the redeeming love of Jesus Christ.  I feel God gave me an opportunity to live 2 Timothy 4:1-5 which says:

h I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, i who is to judge the living and the dead, and by j his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; k reprove, rebuke, and l exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 m For the time is coming when people will not endure n sound [1] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and o will turn away from listening to the truth and p wander off into myths. 5 As for you, q always be sober-minded, r endure suffering, do the work ofs an evangelist, t fulfill your ministry.  2 Timothy 4:1-5

As I left Chili’s that night I thanked God for giving me that opportunity and prayed for more like it.  Looking back on that evening I’m grateful for our 40%.  That 40% meant a conversation to a man who needed to hear about Jesus Christ.  That 40% means another opportunity I haven’t had yet but will.

To those of you supporting us in prayer or financially-thank you.  Read this and know that your support isn’t simply keeping our lights on, or providing us the means to see whether we’ll have a boy or a girl at the O.B.; but that God is using you to facilitate the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ daily in Waterford Lakes, Florida.

Love,

Josiah & Jordan

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