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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

God’s Providence

This past weekend Jordan and I went to Waterford Lakes to celebrate Kelly Allen’s birthday, Jocelyn Davis’ baby shower and hopefully lease a house in Waterford.

This is Crosspointe’s Lake Nona Campus where we worshipped and heard the Gospel from Pastor Chan Kilgore.

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Here’s Sydney the proud big sister of Brody.  They’re Rob and Kellie’s children.Sydney and Brody

Who would’ve thought I’d reconnect with my dear friend JT Dellis in Orlando!?  God is moving and shaping JT in amazing ways!!!!JT and I

Here’s Jo at Disney.  She loves Disney!disney 2

Here’s the Allen/Potter/Davis clan at Disney.  We’re excited about sharing the Gospel with these people!disney 1

Our Saturday was filled with appointment after appointment on every half hour with realtors and home owners that Jordan skillfully planned down to the minute from 9am-4pm.  After hours of searching and taking photos and reviewing and praying we finally decided upon a house!!!  Here it is!

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Above is the neighborhood we’ll be living in.  From what the neighbors tell us it’s filled with young families, UCF graduates and students!Front_of_House

Above is the front of our house.  We are thankful that it will have enough space to host Bible Studies/Small Groups and it fit our housing budget perfectly!

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Above is a lake near our house.Trees_2

These are the roads that weave in and out of Waterford lakes.  There are lots of little playgrounds like this in the area.  The one below happens to be immediately off of our cauldesac. Playground

We are so thankful for God’s providence in bringing us to Waterford Lakes.  It’s been an exteremely difficult six months and not how we would’ve pictured our first six months of marriage but God has proved over and over again that He is faithful and continues to guide us as we seek Him in everything we do!

Our next step is Jordan graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University on December 19th!  After that we will drive up and begin our lives in Waterford Lakes, spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone.

We are currently 30% supported and are praying for God to provide 75% support by Christmas!  The more we are supported the more we are freed up to minister to Waterford Lakes so if you have a moment today, pray about partnering with us in ministry and God’s redemption of Orlando.

We love you all!

Josiah & Jordan

God’s Faithfulness

So over the last few weeks God has shown us how faithful He is over and over and over!

Jordan has been busy nannying and going to school full time and is almost finished with her Bachelor’s degree in Christian Leadership and Josiah has been asked to speak all semester at TNL presents The Anchor at Palm Beach Atlantic University as well as lead worship for the FCA chapels on friday mornings.

God has also been using us at Truth Point Church in West Palm Beach which just had it’s first Sunday in Bear Lakes Middle School a couple weeks ago!  It’s been a wonderful win-win situation where God has provided us a place to serve and be ministered to at the same time!  Here’s a photo from the first Sunday!

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The biggest thing that God has been challenging us to do is to surrender everything we want to worry about to Him.

Money—->worry—->surrender—–>God provides

House—->worry—–>surrender—–>God sells it in 3 days

A place to live in waterford lakes—–>currently surrendering that to Him 🙂

As full time missionaries now the biggest concern is how we will afford to live in this American society without getting full time jobs on top of our full time calling/job.

Thankfully Jesus has been providing for us and showing us that He will choose who He wants to support us with.

The first thing people tell you when you are about to ask friends & family for support is; ‘Make sure you send letters to people who have a lot of money!‘ and while that is tempting we choose to prayerfully consider who we send letters to and trust that God will take care of the $$.  Here’s a perfect example.

This is Taylor.

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She is one of my guitar students and has been taking lessons for about six months now and she’s getting quite good at her instrument!  I had the joy of meeting Taylor and her family at the last church I served at and am so thankful for them as they have been so supportive of Jordan and I in our transitional season.

One day Taylor came for her lesson and when she was about to leave, she handed me two envelopes.

Two envelopes? I  thought.  Hmmm….maybe we missed a week of lessons and I forgot about it. Nope.

This is the envelope.

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That’s right.  In parenthesis it reads “My God money”

We were so touched by Taylor’s love and support and this was just another HUGE reminder that God’s going to use the ‘least of these’ to give Him glory.

As we continue to take steps in the direction that God’s leading us in we are constantly reminded of His love and grace and provision as we seek His glory in planting in Orlando.

Thank you to all who have supported us and are continuing to support us in this next season!  We love you and are praying for you!

Love,

The Potters

Houses/Traveling/God’s Provision

It has been a crazy couple weeks and Jordan and I have been in awe of God’s faithfulness and providence!

We just signed the papers to sell our house in Boynton Beach!!!  We listed it Wednesday night, had an offer made Saturday night and are faxing the signed papers today!

People talk about the economy and housing market as if God is God of everything else but those areas.  God is the God of the universe and as hard as it was to surrender the house (our greatest anxiety) to Him, when we did He took care of it.  Not only did He take care of it, but He decided to do it in 5 days!!!  We will be emailing everyone our new mailing address for Nov/Dec when we find out where we’ll be.

We traveled to Tampa this past weekend to celebrate the 10 year mark of Fresh Start Church.  While we were there we got to cast the vision of Crosspointe Waterford Lakes and learn from people who have been planting for years.  Fresh Start was so gracious to us and we are so thankful for them.  Here’s a shot of Scott Welch at the celebration dinner.

9127_1158789264413_1668232403_392871_6856896_nWe’ve been receiving postcards these past few weeks from supporters and ministry partners and are so thankful for all of you who supporting us as we heed God’s call for us to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Orlando!

In the meantime, Jordan has been finishing up her classes at PBAU and working and Josiah has been leading worship for a church plant in West Palm called Truth Point.  Josiah met the lead pastor, Jeremy, while hanging out with Jared in Boca a few weeks ago.  Jeremy was in need of a worship leader and offered Josiah a chance to begin leading worship again and getting acclimated to leading a small church of about 12.  God once again showed His grace in orchestrating that situation because it’s been a very helpful part in our process of transitioning to Orlando.  Josiah was also asked to lead worship at PBA for the FCA chapels this fall as well as speak at TNL, the thursday night college ministry.

Let me (Josiah) take a moment and just brag about my wife because she is the reason we sold the house!  Jordan continues to keep us very organized and has been looking at houses in waterford lakes non stop trying to find the place that God wants us to live in.  She’s been an amazing help in taking a lot of stressful things (that i’m not good at anyway!) and taking them on her shoulders while being a full time student and working full time.  We’ve only been married four months and it’s been the most amazing four months of my life.  We keep hearing how the first year of marriage is  the hardest, and well….if this is the hard part then we are SO pumped about the future because it’s been awesome being married!  Love and respect people.  Love and respect.  It works.

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We are looking for a room to rent from Nov 1-Dec 20 so if you know of anyone in the WPB area that could help us out we’d love it!

The Crosspointe Leadership.  God is still moving and providing the people He wants to use at Waterford and we ask that you all be in prayer about those people and that they would feel and hear God speaking into their hearts,

Support.  We have about 25% of our support raised and hope to be fully supported by Nov. so we can begin to fully focus on planting and hit the ground running when we arrive in January.

Thank you all so much!

Love, The Potters

Online Giving Step by Step Instructions

We know online giving is a new thing in the church realm and we had a lot of questions ourselves about what happens and how to do it.

Here is a step by step instruction guide to giving to the Potters through Crosspointe church online.

FAQ’s

*When do you get the online support? Once payment is received, the accounting office at Crosspointe cuts and mails us a check.

*Is it tax deductible? Yes.  When you login you will see your contribution schedule and a year to date contribution history and total for your records.

Step 1: Go to the Crosspointe Church Website and click on ‘Give’ in the upper right hand corner

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Step 2: Click on the ‘click here’ button to give online or simply mail your contribution to the address provided

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Step 3: If you are a new user, click on the ‘create account’ button

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Step 4: Fill out the information sheet (this is all strictly confidential)

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Step 5: This is where you can either give a one time gift or schedule a monthly contribution.  Click ‘Individual Support’ next to ‘Fund’ and then click ‘Josiah Potter’ next to ‘Sub Fund.’ After that you can choose what day you would like to give and then fill out your Billing Info.  Below you will be able to keep track of your schedule and history with a year to date total at the very bottom.

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Thank you all so much for your support!  Please continue to keep us in your prayers!

Our immediate requests are

*Sell our home in Boynton Beach Florida

*Find a house to rent in Waterford Lakes that is big enough to have meetings/small groups in

*That God will provide 100% support by November

Blessings,

The Potters

Church Planting In Orlando

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Hello friends and family!

In the last six months we have been approached by church planters, Jared & Jocelyn Davis, to pray about joining them in planting a church in Orlando, Fl.  After prayerfully listening to God’s call for our lives, it is with great joy to let you know that we have accepted the invitation to go plant with Crosspointe Church in Orlando.

We have joined the CrossPointe Church movement as well as Vision360 . Josiah will be joining the team as worship leader and Jordan will be joining as Children’s ministry director.

We are dedicating this website to share what God’s doing in/through/with/for us as we answer His call for us to plant in Orlando.  We will be living 100% off of financial support which means that our rent, food and resources to begin planting the church will directly come from the blessing that God extends from each of you whether it be prayerfully or financially.

Our prayer is that you would consider supporting us 100$/month or some other amount.  Please pray and ask God to keep us close to His heart and aligned with His will.

We will be sending out support packages to friends and family so if you want to partner with us in ministry or receive a support package please email us at josiahandjordan@gmail.com



What’s next for the Potters…

As you may or may not know; I was asked to step down at The Journey Church and have been replaced.  This was not how I envisioned leaving The Journey, but I do have a choice in HOW I leave. I get to choose my response. We all get to choose how we respond to something that comes our way. We get to choose our response and in the end that may be the most important choice of all.

The best part about all of this is that God has been in all of this, directing it, guiding it and putting things in place I cannot even see right now.  The beauty of the situation is that two months ago Jordan and I began praying to consider joining Jared and Jocelyn Davis in planting with Crosspointe Church in Orlando and little did we know God had already provided for that!

What this means…

We need to sell our house.  3/2 in Boynton Beach Florida.

We are going to be 100% financially supported by givers and hope to be supported fully by November 1st. (Think American Missionaries)

We need to find a house in Orlando to rent and move in by January 1st 2010.

Please pray for us as we listen to God’s call for our lives and if you are interested in supporting us please let us know and we will send all the info to you and come visit with you as well!

Grace and peace,

Josiah

Worship

Here you go ladies and gentlemen.  A sample chapter from the book I’ve been working on about worship.  It is still developing very slowly as God continues to show me more and more each week about leading His worshippers.  Feedback is always welcome.  Enjoy!

Preparing For Battle

Worship is our response to God. In other words, we don’t initiate worship; God does.-Louie Giglio

I can still remember the coldness of the metal bench beneath my legs as I stared into my equipment locker at North Harford High School in the fall of 1998.  I can hear the pounding of taped fists against the walls outside of the locker room hallway.  I can hear the slaps of open palms hitting the painted hawk that held our team’s motto in it’s claws above the exit to the field.  I can hear my team captain whispering words of victory and charges to hit as hard as we could while we encircled him in a sphere of green and gold football jerseys.  Beyond those moments of intensity I don’t recall too much else.

You see, I was terrible at football my freshman year.  I played one or two games, and watched the rest of the season from the bench.  I never caught a touchdown.  I never intercepted a pass.  I never celebrated in the end zone, and yet, the one thing I remember vividly is the preparation for the game.

When we worship we are preparing for battle.  A lot of people come to church with the mindset of, “Oh we’ll sing a few songs and then hear a message and go home.”  Some come with the mindset of, “I can’t wait to sing on Sunday!  It’s my favorite part of the week!”  While others maintain the outlook of, “I’m a terrible singer.  How many more choruses until we get to sit down?”

None of those pre-conceived notions are necessarily bad within themselves.  I’ve been to churches where I either fell asleep or played games on my phone until it was time to leave.  I’ve been to churches where the worship was incredible but as soon as it was finished we would leave because the speaker was terrible.  I’ve also been to that church where the Pastor’s wife is the Music Director and they sing “Come now is the time to worship” every week.

Looking back on all the worship experiences I’ve had, and now that I am a lead worshipper at a church, I couldn’t help but begin to explore in my own heart why we worship.  As I began to journey through that process I came across this first and foremost.

Worship is the time when we prepare to hear God’s Word.

Whether the service was boring, engaging, or outdated; that time was still there for me to prepare my heart to hear what God had to say.  It’s disappointing to look back and see all the missed opportunities because of my own selfishness, pride, or genuine lack of interest.  It’s also invigorating to know that from this point on I can look forward to that time of preparation every week.

There’s a prayer warrior in our church community named Maureen.  Maureen is the type of lady who, if you asked her to pray for something and you forgot about it, she’d still be praying about it years down the road.  Maureen is a relentless source of encouragement.  She prays specifically for the worship all week long, and her prayers aren’t just for the time spent in worship on Sunday morning, they’re also for the hearts of the leaders, that they will be seeking the Lord in all that they do.  Maureen shared this piece of scripture with me a few months ago.

In 2nd Chronicles 20 Jehoshaphat received word that a great multitude was coming to invade Judah from beyond the sea.  This information terrified Jehoshaphat, so he sought the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

Can you imagine if that happened in this day and age?  All of a sudden our President receives word of another nation plotting to invade our homeland and the first decision he or she makes is to seek the Lord and declare a fast throughout our nation?

In verses 5 through 13, Jehoshaphat is standing in the Assembly of Judah and Jerusalem and everyone from Judah is there with their wives and children.  Jehoshaphat begins praying out loud to God saying that they don’t know what to do because they are “powerless before this great multitude” and he says, “…but our eyes are on You.”

This is an incredible instruction on what to do when you need guidance as a leader.  Jehoshaphat is in charge.  The entire nation of Judah and Jerusalem is looking to him for direction and he immediately seeks God for wisdom.

God decides to use Jahaziel the son of Zechariah to speak to Jehoshaphat.  In verses 15-17 he says this,

“Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.  Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel.  You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’ “

Did you catch what Jahaziel says halfway through his declaration?  “You will not have to fight this battle,” and yet he tells them to “take up your positions.”  Even though they won’t have to fight, they still have to prepare for battle.

The next morning the scriptures say that they went out into the wilderness of Tekoa and Jehoshaphat tells them to put their trust in the Lord and they will be “established.”

The Hebrew word for “established” is ‘aman which literally means “pillars.”

The next part is amazing.  Verses 21-24 say this,

After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:

“Give thanks to the LORD,
for his love endures forever.”

As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped.

The worshippers went ahead of the army.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel comfortable sending our percussion section as our first line of attack in any situation!  What’s so fascinating to me is that it wasn’t until they began to sing that the Lord destroyed the armies who were invading Judah.  The battle was not theirs but the Lord’s.

I shared that scripture and story with the worship band that Sunday morning after I finished listening to Maureen and something happened.  From that day forward there was a new sense of trust within the team.  There was an unspoken unity that bonded us and fed our worship leading since that morning.  It has become highly contagious within our community.  Once there was an understanding that what we were doing wasn’t simply an opening act for the teacher, but a necessary time of preparing hearts to hear God’s truth, we drew near to one another in an amazing way.

What would happen if we began to look at our time of worship every week as the time in which we prepare for battle?  What would happen if we allowed ourselves to trust in the Lord so that we would become like pillars?  What would happen if we began trusting God instead of our own talents?

Our worship experience shouldn’t hinge on loops and clicks.  Our time of adoration shouldn’t reflect only abilities and gifts.  Our morning coffee dose of singsong melodies and dropouts shouldn’t define us as worshippers.  On the contrary all of those things should become like the coolness of air as the sun sets.  Those things must become an aftereffect of something far greater than themselves.  Those things must get lost in something bigger like a single ceramic in a tile mural.

Consider your worship time this week and prepare.  Allow God to open up your heart to what He has to say to you and let His love invade every fiber of your being.  He knows you love Him.  He loves that you love Him.  Let Him begin to work in you to show you more of Him, so you can love more of Him.  Worship this week in preparation to hear God’s truth in your life.